Monday, March 11, 2013

Brownie Cookies

Well I'm on spring break this week and since I have no money or anyone for that matter to go on spring break with I'm staying home and enjoying some of the things that I don't get to do regularly.

One of the things that I want to do is go to the tanning salon. I know people tell me how bad it is, but really is it any worse then those people who are going to tropical places to play out in the sun from the time it rises to the time it sets? It's not like I'm baking in there for a super long time nor am I doing this on a regular basis. So if the thought of going to a tanning salon upsets you just skip this part. My hope is to get a little bit of color on this pastey white body of mine and feel a little bit better about the crappy weather I'm putting up with right now.

Brownie Cookies
I also want to go to the gym to work out. I've been slipping lately and I need to get back into my regular routine. I went yesterday and boy could I feel how out of shape I am. I need to get back to running and working out on the elliptical. I also want to go to a yoga class again. I miss yoga and I need to start going and getting back into it 

Another thing that I want to do is to go shopping at some stores that I've never been to before but I'm very curious about. If you can believe it I've never been to Trader Joe's. I'm dying to go there and see what they have. I've heard that they have some very unique items and that their prices are great.

I also want to go to Home Goods. This store is suppose to have all kinds of items for the home at unbelievable prices. I'm excited to go and see if maybe I can find some stuff to liven up my home a little bit. Maybe I'll find those curtains for my bedroom that I need so desperately.

I would really like to go to the Science Museum too. Right now they have Body Worlds there. I went the last time they had an exhibit like this and it was amazing. This time it is centered around athletics. I think that my daughter whom is going to be a physical therapist would love the exhibit too. It might be tricky planning a  time working around her school schedule, but I'm going to try.

I also want to bake and cook a bunch of old and new recipes so I can have a plethora of already tried and photographed dishes to share. It is hard teaching, coming home and getting everything else done and then cooking for just two. I exploring the option of making one day on my blog a college cooking day where I can scale back on ingredients and time.

Well to start this week out I decided to make something with chocolate. These cookies are extremely rich so look out. I don't know where I got the recipe from. I found it in my pile of recipes that I want to try. I had cut it out of some magazine or something a long time ago and I've never attempted to make it.

So here's the recipe for Brownie Cookies!
Brownie Cookies
1/2 C butter
4 (1oz) Squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 C (18oz) semi sweet chocolate morsels, divided
1 1/2 C all purpose flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
4 eggs
1 1/2 C sugar
2 t vanilla extract
2 C chopped pecans, optional

Combine butter, unsweetened chocolate, and 1 1/2 cups chocolate morsels in a large heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter and chocolate melt; cool.
Combine flour, baking powder, and slat in a small bowl; set aside.
Beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer. Gradually add dry ingredients to egg mixture, beating well. Add chocolate mixture; beat well. Stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups chocolate morsels and pecans.
Drop dough by 2 tablespoonfuls 1 inch apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool slightly on baking sheets; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Yield: about 2 1/2 dozen.

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