I know this blog is supposed to be about HEALTHY eating, but I have to admit I love to bake. I hate sweets, but I like baking quite a bit. I find it tremendously relaxing, so if there’s ever even the slightest occasion to make cookies or cake, I’ll take it.
I’ve been having a bit of a difficult time lately, partially because of the lackluster job search (covered here and here). In addition to that, I’ve had some personal issues lately that I don’t think would be appropriate to post on the Internet for the world to read. Long story short, when I feel riddled with self doubt about who I am and what I want in life, I like to go back to the my home town–the place I lived for the first 18 years of my life. Returning to one’s roots can be incredibly refreshing. I’m going back to Michigan for Father’s Day and I need someone to watch the best cats in America.
My good friends, Dauren and Emily, were nice enough to volunteer to check in on the cats for me while I’m away, so I decided to reward them with a gift of cookies. This is a recipe I made about two years ago, borrowed from a blog I found on Stumble Upon. I wanted to make them again so I had to go back and dig up the recipe via a series of increasingly specific google searches. Success! There recipe can be found here. The only difference is, I used mint chocolate chip ice cream in lieu of vanilla.
Pretty much copied and pasted exactly, here you go:
Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 sticks softened butter
1 Cup granulated sugar
3/4 Cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 Tablespoons pure vanilla
Heaping 1/2 Cup vanilla ice cream (frozen from container)
4 Cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 bag chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Add in ice cream until combined.
2. Place flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl; mix. Add to wet ingredients along with the chocolate chips; mix until just combined. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until cookies are cooked through. Let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack. Serve with a marashino cherry on top
3-4 dozen cookies
Now, if you follow these directions, from the original blogger, things will probably go relatively smooth and normal for your cookie making experience. However, I think you’ll find my version of events is a bit more…colorful.
Erin’s Custom Instructions
1. Pull your hair back, something you never do because you think pony tails make your face look fat. But, you don’t want to give your friends cookies that look like they were made by Cousin It.
2. Open up your laptop and open itunes. Locate the playlist titled, “Erin’s Super Ballin’ Bakin’ Playlist.” Add a few extra Tom Waits songs because it’s been that kind of week. (Playlist is included below)
3. Get out all your ingredients, just so you don’t have to go to the trouble of fishing in the cupboard for something while you’re baking.
4. Shoo your little kitty, who only wants to help! He swears!
5. Realize you’re a dumbass and bought SALTED butter instead of unsalted. Get very, very, probably unreasonably frustrated by this development.
6. Run out to get non-salted butter. Find out that the notoriously unreliable elevator in your apartment building is–once again–not working. Get angry again.You understand that perhaps it is healthier to take the stairs, and that fitness instructors often claim one should walk as much as possible in the course of a day. But what they don’t know is that you spent 60 minutes doing cardio this morning followed by 30 minutes of pilates and you’re fucking tired. They can suck it.
7. Reluctantly take the stairs.
8. Go to the Walgreens on your corner, the most useless store in the world. It never has what you want when you need it. Find out all they have is margarine and neglect to buy it. Making a friend cookies using margarine is about as tacky as getting them a birthday present from a grabber machine in the mall.
9. Run all the way back to Jewel Osco (you were already there earlier getting ice cream and chocolate chips).
10. Become overjoyed to find the elevator started working again while you were gone!
11. FINALLY, you can start baking. After that, because you’re actually GOOD at baking, things go pretty smooth.
12. Mix the sugar and butter.
13. Add eggs and vanilla. Forget to add the ice cream. You’ll have to hastily mash that into the dry ingredients later.
14. Mix the dry ingredients, something you hate doing because flour makes your hands feel moisture-less and cracked.
15. Add the dry ingredients (and ice cream because you fucked up JUST A LITTLE!)
16. Roll dough into balls, place on cookie tray, cook for 9-11 minutes.
17. And, the final result….
Like I said, I don’t usually care for sweets, but I had to test my own creation. Tasted like your run of the mill chocolate chip cookie, but a little fluffier and mintier. Like thin mints meet the generic chocolate chip. I’m not sure what my friends will think, but I’m gonna go ahead and declare this a success.
Lastly, if you’re curious, I included my baking playlist below. My taste in music is…varied. I like what I like and it’s all across the musical spectrum. This playlist is arranged pretty much at random and none of the songs really fit together. At all. It’s like what Genius would spit out if it had a stroke.
(Although, one thing you can gather from this post is that Tom Waits is my favorite. <3)
Erin’s Super Ballin’ Bakin’ Playlist:
- Grey Seal by Elton John
- Cold Water by Tom Waits
- Lost in the Supermarket by The Clash
- God’s Away on Business by Tom Waits
- Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra
- Squeeze Box by The Who
- Out in the Street by Bruce Springsteen
- Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles
- I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing by the Hillside Singers
- If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out by Cat Stevens
- It’s All Coming Back to Me Now by Celine Dion
- Ed Is A Portal by Akron/Family
- Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
- Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5
- Say Goodbye To Hollywood by Billy Joel
- I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You by Tom Waits
- Downtown Train by Tom Waits
- The Card Cheat by The Clash
- Cemetery Polka by Tom Waits
- Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney
- Under Pressure by Queen
- Rain by The Beatles
- Koka Kola by The Clash
- Rocks Off by The Rolling Stones
- Surrender by Cheap Trick
- Crocodile Rock by Elton John
- Dancing in the Street as performed by David Bowie and Mick Jagger
- Shadow Stabbing by Cake
- Sherry Darling by Bruce Springsteen
- Cat’s In the Cradle by Harry Chapin
- Keasbey Nights by Catch 22
- Sukie In The Graveyard by Belle and Sebastian
- Tik Tok by Ke$ha
- Rudie Can’t Fail by The Clash
- Alabama Song by The Doors
- We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel
- Heart of Glass by Blondie
- Space Oddity by David Bowie
- Baba O’Riley by The Who
- The Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani
- Wild Horses by Garth Brooks
- Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
- I Don’t Wanna Grow Up by Tom Waits
- Come On Up To The House By Tom Waits
- Rip This Joint by The Rolling Stones
- I’m Alright by Kenny Loggins
- Satisfied by Tom Waits
- Pinball Wizard by The Who
- Any Way You Want It by Journey
- I Love NYC by Andrew W.K.
- The Seeker by The Who
- It’s a Hard Life by Queen
- Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles
- Alejandro by Lady GaGa
- Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
- The First Cut Is The Deepest by Cat Stevens
- Roll to Me by Del Amitri
- Magic Dance by David Bowie
- Party Hard by Andrew W.K.
- Faith by George Michael
- Substitute by The Who
- Giving Up The Gun by Vampire Weekend
- Heart of the Moment by Asia
- Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves by Cher
- Forever Young by (and this ACTUALLY what it’s saved as on my itunes) Some Band, Idk…
- I Wanna Marry You by Bruce Springsteen
- I Was Born a Unicorn by The Unicorns
- Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me by Elton John