The LAST thing I wanted to do tonight was bake. Do you ever have those days? Not necessarily baking, of course, but anything? I had such a great day – went to the dentist (only great because it is over with), fixed my car, ran errands, took a 7 mile bike ride, ate dinner out, and walked the dogs for a mile. So, as the clock ticked past 10:00pm, the baking I had neglected all day still lay looming ahead of me. Ugh. Okay, I know, who really has a ticking clock anymore?
I also just threw out two chocolate bombs, a slice (big) of the banana split cake, and made my husband eat the last of the 7 layer Italian cookies. Good grief! This is the first time I have had to throw anything out. It is a good thing I am so close with so many of my neighbors, or I would feel like I was wasting too much good food!
But still, a challenge is a challenge. So onward goes my 30D30B! I must admit, I did my best to keep it simple tonight. For me, first this meant it would be a cookie night. Alas, I am so tired of the basic hum drum cookie recipe. I am already plotting to steal Aunt F’s cookie recipe for jelly filled shortbreads because this is my hubb’s other favorite treat. Unfortunately, I think that plan might have to involve black masks, flashlights, lock picking, tying people up to wooden chairs, and gagging them for several hours. We’ll see how it unfolds.
So I went to my fail safe: Google. Which brought me to another fail safe: Martha Stewart. Oh Martha, how I love thee. Let me count the ways….one pound, two pounds, three pounds more!
MarthStewart.com had a scrumptious looking recipe for Chocolate-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies. I know it isn’t close to Thanksgiving, in fact the absolute opposite time of year for this type of hearty cookie, but it. looked. good! Mmmm. I also happened to have all of the ingredients on hand, so that helped a lot. AND I happen to love anything pumpkin! It obviously had everything going for it, the recipe that is.
I geared up at 10 o’clock to start baking a recipe that said it would take one and a half hours from start to finish. Not too shabby since I slept in until 11:00 this morning! First thing to note is I did NOT get the 3 1/2 dozen cookies the recipe claims to produce. I never do though, so this is no surprise. Am I the only person on this planet who likes HUGE cookies? I didn’t even manage two dozen out of the recipe – 22 to be exact. I used my trusty Pampered Chef Large Scoop which is a 3 tbsp scoop. The recipe called for spooning the dough onto the cookie sheet as a “heaping tablespoon.” Mine were way better. I just know it! :)
Naturally, I had to split a cookie with my hubby, let’s call him Big D from now on, as soon as they came out of the oven…sans chocolate. The cakey cookie was pretty good on its own. Nothing to jump up and down about or anything though. It had a fantastic pumpkin after taste though, so it would be very easy to sit down and eat the whole batch. They were also an amazing consistency. Very light and fluffy, and as I already said, cakey. Exactly how I like my cookies. I do not like to crunch into a cookie. I shiver at the thought!
Waiting for the cookies to cool so I could glaze them was tough. But don’t worry, I made it happen and it was WORTH IT! The chocolate topping totally made the cookie and was a wonderful thought by whomever created it! I have now eaten more of these than any of the other 11 goods I have baked in this challenge. Time to pass them on to the neighbors!