My niece, Gabbie, and a good friend, Chelsea, came over on Valentine’s Day to bake up a storm with me. We decided it was about time to take that classic chocolate chip cookie up a notch. This recipe for Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chips was a great way to start experimenting with interesting ingredients.
We used whole wheat flour and didn’t add the pretzel/sea salt.
They turned out to be quite tasty. I won’t tell you how many I ate over a week’s time. I will most definitely be making these again.
We also cranked up that boring box brownie into a masterpiece with this recipe for Gooey Cookies and Cream Double Chocolate Cake Bars.
Instead of a devil’s food cake mix, we used two 8×8 inch pan brownie mixes (with a short list of pronounceable ingredients!) that required vanilla yogurt. We also used Newman-O’s instead of Oreos. And, we added some white chocolate chips to the mix.
You’ll have to remember that I just finished a great book about food, which led me to search for products with few ingredients. You might argue that I’m still making and eating ridiculous desserts (Yes! I am.), but it does make a small difference.
Amidst the strange conversation and jokes, we enjoyed just hanging out. There was a special 30 seconds in which both girls meowed loudly in an attempt to attract our herd of cats.
It didn’t work.
We all joke that I only invite them over so I can make them do work for me – slave labor like cooking or painting. Maybe it’s true, but any kind of work is more fun with some buddies to help.
We all enjoyed brownie batter and cookie dough and each had at least one brownie and one cookie. It was a sugar rush kind of a day.I love those girls. I lure them into hanging out with me by offering dessert.
Food is my favorite way to make and keep friends.