Poor Lesley had a headache this morning. Maybe it was the homemade chicken and dumplings she was forced to eat for breakfast. Instead of calling the rescue squad, I fixed the following home remedy. I recommend this for many ailments.
Individual Hot Chocolate
Put in a 12-oz mug:
1 tablespoon Dutch process cocoa
2 tablespoons sugar or Splenda
Add enough vanilla extract to make a paste, around a tablespoon or two. Non-alcohol imitation vanilla extract works well here. Stir until smooth with no lumps.
Add 2% milk (since this is the health version) to fill the cup 2/3 full.
Heat in a microwave on high for a minute or two until hot, but do not boil.
Take the cup out of the microwave and fill it with heavy whipping cream.
Heat for another minute or so. Stir and serve with:
Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
1 3/4 cups (8.75 oz) all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup (100 g) powdered sugar
1/2 cup plus 1 Tb (4.5 oz) dark brown sugar, firmly packed
6 Tbs (3 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup (190 g) creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsps vanilla
1 large egg
1 1/3 cups (8 oz) milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter and two sugars. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the peanut butter to the butter and sugar mixture and beat to combine. Slowly drizzle in the vegetable oil, the vanilla, then the egg. Mix until fully combined. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, pausing to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
Using a spatula or wooden spoon, gently fold the milk chocolate chips into the batter until evenly distributed. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 11-12 minutes until the tops are lightly golden but cookies are still soft in the middle. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Store in an airtight container. Makes 3 dozen cookies.
This probably would have been more effective had not Lesley gone to the bathroom and Lucy finished her hot cocoa while she was gone.
The big question is, should I fix these cookies for the folks at “Art Is You” coming up this week?