Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Hurricane Sandy

You will need:
16 ounces of semi sweet chocolate
8 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
18 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips
Heat your oven to 350 degrees

Heat your semi sweet chocolate (break up the bar's) and butter.  Make sure you don't burn it. You just want a smooth consistency. I heat mine in the microwave at 30 second intervals. Take it out and stir it in between.

In your mixing bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar and vanilla .

Beat in the melted chocolate and butter. 
Add flour, baking powder and salt.
Add your chocolate chips.
The batter is will be very liquid for a cookie mix so just be aware of that. I use my scoop to get even cookies.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Start checking them before the 10 minute mark. You want them to be crackly and soft not hard. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for about 3 minutes before removing them.
They taste more like brownies than cookies.
I saw someone decorate her cookies like this and I wish I could remember where I saw it so I could give her credit. She used fudge striped cookies and they looked more like witches hats than mine ended up looking. The people at my daughters work still enjoyed them!
In other news, I will not be going to visit my favorite baby this week. They cancelled my flight for this morning (Tuesday) on Sunday afternoon. The flight they wanted to give me instead of today's flight , just didn't work out for me. I cancelled my whole trip. I will probably not see my little cutie until January. My daughters husband has been deployed for the past 7 months and will be returning soon. They will need their alone time. It will be hard not seeing them for the holidays. That is their decision to make though. I hope they change their mind and want to spend the holidays with their families. Isn't that what it is all about?

It is still raining but the wind has died down. We lost power for about a second during the storm. Other than that, we only had one casualty.

This is the only branch we lost. It is much bigger than it looks. I did not want to go outside and get my slippers wet.
 See that deck chair way over there? It got blown away. We were bad, we forgot to secure it.

My front lawn
The neighbors front lawn. The only good thing that came out of Sandy, the wind went in the right direction and blew all of our leaves over there. Sandy had to redeem herself somehow for making me miserable.
I need something to cheer me up today, perhaps some shopping? I need to snap out of my funk.
Today's sky. Why my flight had to get cancelled is beyond me. 
Have a great storm free day!



  1. You can't beat a great batch of cookies during a hurricane!

  2. Nothing better than baking when we're a little worried, or in BAD weather like this terrible one, lately in the East Coast. Wow, your pictures are unreal!! I am worried for my family in NY and NJ, but they've told us they're fine, and like you, with some wind, some small trees have fallen by their homes, but no big deal. Thank God! Please keep safe my friend.

  3. Great recipe! Must try it! I'm glad you were not badly hit by the hurricane, I've been watching the news over here in my corner of the world and it's scary! Stay safe!

  4. That is kind of funny about how all the leaves blew away. I'm glad you are safe!!!

  5. My heart is with you buddy! Not being able to see your sweet grand baby makes my heart hurt! I WISH the wind would blow the leaves in another direction! The neighbors tree leaves blow over to our driveway and yard! I just spent 2 hours today cleaning up her tree leaves! Grrrrrr! Shopping yes, especially if you are shopping for wine, then drink said wine!

  6. Sorry you had to cancel your trip. I know how hard it is to miss out on fun times with grandchildren! Maybe you will be able to squeeze somthing in soon. I am hoping for you!!
    Try to have a Happy Halloween!

  7. 1. Those cookies look delicious!
    2. That stinks about your flight.
    3. I'm glad the storm didn't do much damage there.
    4. I hope they decide to spend time with family over the holidays so that you can see them!

  8. glad to know you are safe and sound
    i knew right away those were witches hats
    love that you didn't want to go out and get your slippers wet
    sounds exactly like me

  9. Glad you're all safe there. Been watching the news from my part of the world and saw how devastated the severely affected places are. Those cookies make a good comfort food :)

  10. Oooh those cookies look so good! The news from the storm has been heart wrenching. The victims are in my prayers. I stopped in from the Lovin' the Weekend Blog hop, and I love your posts and the look of your page!

  11. Cookies in a storm. Not bad. I like the part about the leaves.

  12. So thankful you are safe, but so sorry you had to cancel your trip! I know that is so disappointing. I hope they change their mind, too! You have to see the little one. You picked the right thing to make!! You can never have too much chocolate. :) Thank you so much for sharing again this week at A Bouquet of Talent. XO