why is this cookie yellow? butter chips ahoy

Butter Chips Ahoy (趣多多黄油味). Never again. When it comes to chocolate chip cookies (especially the packaged kind), I’m generally a purist. Chewy? Not a fan. Rainbow M&M? Maybe on occasion. Butter? WHAT ON EARTH!? For the sake of experimentation and living in the moment, I tried them. *shudder*

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I can just imagine the conversation that must’ve occurred in the Chips Ahoy R&D department somewhere.

1: Hey, we’re going to enter the China market.
2: Cool. But do Chinese people eat chocolate chip cookies?
1: Not much. But those tins of Danish butter cookies sell pretty well.
2: We could diversify into butter cookies.
1: But we only know how to do chocolate chip cookies.
1 and 2: BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!

Sigh. Good idea, bad execution. Deplorably bad execution. I’m a big fan of butter cookies and I’m a big fan of chocolate chip cookies. Putting them together sounds intriguing, but I will happily eat them separately. Because, ew. The cookies look pretty much like normal chocolate chip cookies except they’re yellow-y. First bite is fine, almost nice, but then you taste it – the artificial butter flavor. Retch. I don’t like the Chewy Chips Ahoy because you can practically taste the oil, but that’s nothing compared to this ‘butter’. GAG. I’m all for the fake butter on popcorn, but this isn’t just fake butter, it’s chemical-taste with a hint of butter.

Verdict: Avoid. Stay away.

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the hunt for snackages

I haven’t posted in a while because I haven’t made anything in a while. Yeah … school has basically sucked me in. I can spend the entire day in studio and feel like no time at all has passed. That space truly is a black hole of time. Sigh. I made oatmeal cookies the other day but those got decimated pretty quickly . Today I made potato bread and granola bars, which I thought would be great for studio snacks.

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The bread was yummy. I sliced it up and stuck a bunch of it in the freezer. I’ll probably have that for toast in the mornings. As for the ‘granola bars,’ … um, I guess they turned out decently enough. I put chocolate on them because all great granola bars have chocolate. They don’t look very appetizing, but they’re still edible. They’re kind of sticky though (from the honey in the recipe), so I won’t be making them again. Cookies are so much simpler to make … and to eat.

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And speaking of cookies, they sold Girl Scout cookies near campus today! It was very exciting. And goodness gracious those suckers sold FAST. I thought Girl Scout cookie season started a while ago, but this is the first time I’ve seen them being sold up in my neighborhood. That little table basically got swarmed. It was kind of entertaining watching a bunch of college students go crazy for Girl Scout cookies. I got two boxes of Caramel deLites (aka Samoas), which are the BEST COOKIES EVER, and two minutes later when I walked by again, they were out.

I won’t be bringing the Girl Scout cookies to studio (because I’m too afraid others are going to eat them!) and I probably won’t bring the granola bars to studio either (because the stickiness is too annoying), so I still need some studio snack food! I might just go out and buy some Craisins. Although the last bag of Craisins I had went really, really fast. I need something healthy, filling, energy-sustaining, and easy to eat. It’s always amazing just how much food I can consume just sitting at a computer in studio.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

happy st. paddy’s

Well … that was a bit of an unintended hiatus. Whups. I got bored this evening, so I baked cookies. Yummy yummy chocolate chip cookies. And since today (yes, since it is past midnight, it is ‘today’) is St. Patrick’s Day, I tried to make a clover-shaped chocolate chip cookie. It was marginally successful.

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It’s spring break for me right now, so I’m trying to catch up on reading and papers. And eventually I will finish the bag that I’ve been working FOREVER on. But yeah, schoolwork comes first!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

what do you do at 3 am?

The below picture was taken at approximately 3:30 AM. Ah, yes. I baked cookies at an absurdly late hour. My sleep schedule is once again topsy-turvy because I managed to turn off all of my alarm clocks and not wake up until 6 PM, which left me wide awake at 3 AM. This happens way more often than it should. So what does any normal person do at 3 AM? Well, I for one decided to be productive, so I washed dishes, did laundry, and made cookies. Go me.

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procrastination (er, study) cookie(s)

It’s finals time! Ugh. One more week until I get to go home! Basically all I have left are two papers and one presentation, so it shouldn’t be too bad. Unfortunately, I’m having an awfully hard time motivating myself.

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One cookie is pictured. Many were eaten.

I need sugar to work, and since we’re low on flour I made oatmeal cookies (these cookies). And because I felt like they needed more sugar, I made them oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Yay! This is why I like baking. It’s good for procrastinating, but it also yields morsels of yumminess which improve the studying. Therefore I feel like my little baking foray doesn’t really count as procrastination because it was productive. Right? Yeah, this is how I justify things to myself. Wish me luck!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

sugar cookies!

My roommate had a review for her studio, so … I made them (and me) sugar cookies! I went with my go-to sugar cookie recipe, which I still have no complaints about. I found it here and judging by the amount of reviews it has, a lot of other people agree with my positive assessment.

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Ingredients:

  • 2-3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Process:

  • mix together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder
  • separately mix together the softened butter (microwaved it for a while) with the sugar
  • to the butter mix, add the egg and vanilla
  • add it all together
  • form into teaspoon-sized balls on a cookie sheet
  • bake in oven at 375F for 8-10 minutes (I stuck to about 8 minutes for chewier cookies rather than hard ones)

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They come out delish as always. The recipe yielded about four dozen cookies, which was probably a bit more than I should’ve made. I intended to halve the recipe, but while mixing ingredients, I forgot. And how the heck do you halve an egg, eh?

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I ended up just sewing a quick bag, lining it with a paper towel, and stuffing about two dozen of the cookies in there. The rest stayed on our counter. I attached the sugar cookie tag I made a few weeks ago to a binder clip, and then just clipped the bag closed. Looking back, I should have added some ribbon, but guess I was just being lazy. Quick and easy. This week is going to be RIDICULOUSLY CRAZY with tests, papers, and what-not, but at least there are cookies.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

one week later

It’s been one week since my last post. From now on I’ll probably only post about once a week because, well … I really don’t have much to post about. I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. As I mentioned previously, my sister came to town and we did sisterly things, like eat and shop. It was so great to see her again. Good Austin-y restaurants to try: Blue Dahlia (on East 11th), Chuy’s (on Barton Springs), and Woodland (on South Congress). I definitely need to go back to Woodland because their meatloaf sandwich was ridiculously delicious.

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We went to the Farmer’s Market at 4th and Guadalupe on Saturday morning, where we tried some very yummy samples and bought figs. I had never had figs that didn’t come in a newton before, so I was completely shocked when I first bit into one. YUM. So sweet … so lovely. The picture is of the very last fig – right before I ate that little piece of heaven.

On Labor Day I went to a friend’s place for a get-together she was having. To thank her, I made her some oatmeal cookies and gave them to her yesterday. They actually turned out really good. I halved this recipe but still ended up with a few over two dozen 2″ cookies. The ingredients list below is for the full recipe, so if you want a smaller batch, just halve it like I did.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (I increased this a bit)
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats

Process:

  • mix together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar
  • add the eggs and vanilla to the mix
  • in a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon
  • add the two mixtures together and add the oatmeal
  • form little balls of dough (about 1″ in diameter) onto a cookie sheet
  • bake in oven at 375F for 8-10 minutes

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I haven’t had a chance to make those reusable cookie bags, so I just used a plain ol’ ziploc with a piece of ribbon and tucked in a note. I left the cookies on her desk yesterday morning and got a voicemail from her thanking me later on. This is why I love giving cookies – it just makes people happy! And it makes me happy for making others happy! All in all, very happy. I also finally managed to give my friend X her birthday pillows. More happiness!

But … apparently my sister thinks I’m tired all the time because I eat too many simple sugars. Yeah yeah, probably true. I just happen to really like bread, muffins, and cookies. Is that so wrong?

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

cookie tags

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I make a lot of cookies. Most of my friends are in architecture studio, slaving away until the wee hours of the night. Since I don’t have studio and I get lonely, I like making them cookies or doing menial tasks for them (like gluing together a pile of cylinders). Since I make a lot of cookies and I feel bad throwing away all those plastic bags, I have decided to make reusable, washable fabric bags for cookies. Well, I haven’t gotten around to that part yet, but I’ve made the fabric tags to identify the cookie types. I’ll get around to making the actual bags later … eventually … sometime. I’m busy!

First comes the template. I would’ve just cut out a chunk of fabric and started sewing, but I have finally learned that I am not good at cutting a straight line. I drew a rectangle 2.5″ by 6″ in the corner of a manila envelope with my trusty metal L ruler. Cut out a chunk from the corner of the template and then went about tracing shapes from the fabric. I have a lot of this cheap fabric because I originally used it to cover the wall partition in my studio. It’s the same fabric I used for these.

Cut out all those shapes, and then fold them in half with the wrong sides out. The fabric I used was the same on both sides so it really didn’t matter. Sew the two long edges and the short side closed while leaving open the wedge. Then flip it right-side out through the opening that was left. I ironed it at this point to make it easier to work with. I’m not good at drawing a straight line, cutting a straight line, or sewing a straight line. Oh well. Wonky edges make it seem more homemade, right?

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Then comes the stuffing. I just added a bit of stuffing into each tag to give them some thickness and make them a bit more substantial. Batting probably would’ve worked easier, but I don’t have any of that. While embroidering I would have to keep pressing the stuffing to where I wanted it because it moves a bit. Once the letters are embroidered, however, it’s pretty much stuck.

To make it easier to attach the tags onto the bags (which I intend to have some sort of drawstring or handle), I decided to sew on some loops. I used a random shoestring that I had and cut it into three-inch strips. By the way, this was a new, clean, completely unused shoestring. Since it was going to be used near food and was meant to be washable, I avoided my usual twine and ribbon. Tucking it into the wedge, which had been folded in, I secured it with a pin, and then took it to the sewing machine. I stitched around the edge of the entire thing, and when it got to the area of the wedge, I stitched that opening closed, making sure to get the ends of the cord as I went.

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Then came the final step: embroidering! This was the most fun but also the most time-consuming part. I didn’t really plan much before starting the letters, so in some cases I had to go back and redo a letter or two to fix the spacing. This is where a disappearing-ink pen would’ve come in handy … if only I had one. Make sure to sew all the way through the tag to cinch in the stuffing. I think it’s cute because the reverse side of the tag spells out “oatmeal” but backwards.

I currently have three made: oatmeal, choc chip, and sugar. I plan on making a few more, but I have no idea how I’m going to embroider “peanut butter” onto one of these things. I’ll probably also have to make another “choc chip” in case I make a batch of chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal chocolate chip (which would require both an “oatmeal” and “choc chip” tag). I’m running out of the purple embroidery floss I was using, so that is yet another thing to add to my list. On the other hand, my August total is so tiny!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]