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baby tiny chocolate chip cookies (or: my love/hate affair with snow)

1 Feb

as a kid, you never expect that the things that are so life-shatteringly important to you at the time  will one day no longer matter. my ambition to marry prince william and become a princess for instance.  and for another, my constant and obsessive desire for snow. living in boston has gradually ruined snow for me …while prince william gradually aging ruined that little love affair for me… but more seriously, in my youth, snow represented the pinnacle of happiness. throughout december, i would perform elaborate snow dances involving a number of props and rhythmic chants. i was so committed that i would practice for snow by “sledding” down wet grass on a broken down cardboard box.  never in my life did i think the joy of snow would leave me. i mean, hell, i spent over half my life desperately beseeching nature for just a glimmer of it.

but as the old proverb says, when it rains it pours, and for boston, so it seems, when it snows it blizzards. 7 and a half years of freezing snot, brown 6-month-old snow refusing to melt, and hours of shoveling out my car just to have a plow re-trap it moments later… the magic has been decidedly snuffed out.

despite my whining and complaining, i can’t deny that in the first few hours when the world is still white and untouched, the childhood joy comes flooding back.  (probably a result of some serious mental blocking from the previous year’s traumas.)  and should work call a snow day? heavenly… you know, until the shoveling begins and all. but i’ll be glossing over that little factor when i text a multitude of photos to my brother in georgia (who only knows the joys of snow that melts after a day and is therefore not jaded like myself) so he is properly harassed and sent into a fit of depression.

…and then proceed to frolic until i’m numb. clearly. this particular snow day necessitated a lot of frolicking…once my roommates and i had played till our collective heart’s content, by which i mean, we could no longer feel most of our limbs, it was decided that nothing could perfect this day like a plate of cookies and a steaming mug of hot chocolate…because we are adorable and slightly cliche that way.  plus, unlike prince william and snow, chocolate chip cookies are never in danger of going out of style.

mini chocolate chip cookies: (a la ww)

what you’ll need:
2 tbsp butter, softened
2 tsp canola oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar, dark-variety
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp table salt
1 large egg white
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda (not pictured…woops)
3 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips, about 1/2 cup

1. preheat oven to 375ºf.

2. in a medium bowl, cream together the butter, oil, and sugar. add vanilla, salt, and an egg white. mix thoroughly to combine.

3. in a small bowl, mix together the flour and baking soda. mix in with the bowl of wet ingredients. add chocolate chips to the batter, and stir to distribute evenly.

around this point, you may notice that there is practically no dough whatsoever. i would have been surprised if it made 5 cookies, not to mention the serving size of 48.  looks like i had neglected to realize that by “mini,” they meant “practically invisible to the naked eye.”

i figured i should do some to-scale illustrations to really drive the point home.  what we have here is a recommended dough blob size that ends up being bigger than a nickel, yet smaller than a johnny cupcakes pin.

4. if you have recovered from the shock, proceed to drop 48 half-teaspoons of dough onto a large nonstick baking sheet leaving a small amount of space between each cookie. as you can see, i whipped out the big guns, aka toothpicks, to get these suckers out. more shocking than even the initial shock is that i managed to get 56 cookies from this. (guh!?)

5. bake cookies until golden around edges (about 4 to 6 minutes). cool on a wire rack.

beware: these baby tinies are highly addictive. when i normally could contain myself to one regular sized cookie (alright, fine, 3…but i’m just making sure they are safe), i found myself popping these bad boys like it was job.  20 mini cookies later…and my distended stomach was rather un-mini.

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cupcakes even your hips will love

27 Aug

up close and personalthis cupcake, this one, right here, to the right,  is magical. truly.  so low in calories and so low in effort.  really, a monkey could make this cupcake.  and then if that monkey, was say, on a diet, it would be so psyched to eat it. 

im currently in this “health kick,” which is partially to blame for my lapse in posting as of late (cough, this entire year).  it is extremely hard for me to keep tasty baked treats around my house without consuming them all in one sitting.  post-baking you can usually find me in the fetal position clutching my overgorged stomach damning (while simultaneously looooving) those horrible-amazing-i-hate-you-omg-i-want- some-noooow treats.  and it is the summer season after all, or at least some semblance of the summer season (curses new england!), which means heating my house up with an oven is not desirable.   basically the baking gods are against me. 

but then, while wallowing in self pity, i heard a rumor.  one that led me to believe that i just might be able to bake my cake, and by george, eat it guilt-free too…

and with that introduction… i bring you… the diet soda cupcake! ta daaaa! when my friend nic first told me about the infamous diet soda cake, i did not believe her for a second.  its true, i thought her a dirty, rotten liar.  this mythical cake seemed both delightful, and absolutely terrifying.  because the basic idea is this: take any box cake mix, dump in a bottle of diet soda, mix, bake, and bam… low cal cake.  shocking.  the diet soda threw me for an absolute loop. after discovering the recipe on a blog, i 1. apologized for thinking my friend a dirty, rotten liar, and 2. decided what the hey, ill give it a go.

diet soda cupcakes

(adapted from: gina’s weight watcher recipes)

 ingredients

what you’ll need:

  • 1 dry box cake, any flavor
  • 10 oz diet soda, any flavor
  • 2 egg whites (prob don’t need, but i read that this will make the cake fluffier)
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    1. preheat oven according to box directions and line cupcake tins.

    2. beat cake mix, diet soda and egg whites. fill cupcake tins until 2/3 full.

    3. bake as directed on box, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted.

    4. once cool, i dusted them with some confectioner’s sugar.  unfortunately because it was hot and somewhat sticky out, the sugar melted and didn’t look nearly as beautiful 10 minutes later.  you can also top with fat free whipped cream as a tasty alternative.

    and for you weight watcher fans in the audience, each cupcake is only about 2 points!  wooo!

    mmmm

     

    one last pic to truly whet your whistle… 

    another exciting note: this is non-dieters approved.  i managed to trick my friend lindsey (of picky eatings)’s husband into eating them  and he did not notice a thing out of place. i might even go so far as to say he thought they were delectable.

    so, the verdict you ask?  eat. now. yum. sigh.

    if you need me, i’ll be in the corner in the fetal position.