You guys did an awesome job at guessing (I giggled at the Blago guesses- you can’t even believe how many people dressed like him last year)! And a lot of you knew exactly what kind of costumes we were making:Us chicks are paying tribute to our favorite local band- Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press!!! I could start discussing how awesome they are- but I’ll wait until after we see them play over the weekend. You’re spared. For now.
And as promised, for those of you who guessed correctly, I decided to pick TWO (not just one) random winners:
Krista and Beth (Beth’s Journey)! Please ladies, send your addresses so I can make sure you get your sugar fix for the week!
Toffee has been my obsession as of late. I love it. LOVE it. And my heart was set on oatmeal cookies- they are the best when they’re thick and chewy. The. Best. So I found a way to mix the two!
I based the cookie on Smitten Kitchen’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ( did a recipe and a half). But I don’t like raisins. So I skipped them and added all this:I really like the Heath toffee baking bits. But I wanted to make sure there were some really big chunks of toffee in there, too. So I bought 2 Heath bars to go along with the 1/4 cup of heath baking bits. And then a 1/2 cup of white and semi-sweet chocolate.
And as I always say, if you feel like adding more/less- do it to it.
After mixing it all together, I made sure to chill the dough. It’s mentioned in the recipe post and I’ve also read it on other sites. I never did it growing up, but it seems to make sense as a way to keep the cookie thick, versus quickly thinning out if it hadn’t chilled/hardened beforehand. Even just chilling it an hour seems to make all the difference! I absolutely adore how the toffee melts into them… swoon…
Another trick when baking? Have a friend over while doing so. It’ll keep you from throwing your face in the bowl. Or sneaking back into the refrigerator for a swipe of it every 5 minutes (been there, done that). Mon came over and kept me company, ultimately distracting me from being overcome with cookie dough madness. Besides, what friends do you know wouldn’t come over when they hear you’re baking?
Unless you sort of suck at baking. Then I understand the need to distance themselves from the situation.
Not only was Mon nice enough to come over, she also reluctantly volunteered to be a taste tester.
Life is hard.
But with her approval, these cookies are sealed up and ready to go!
Well, that’s all for me. I’m off to enjoy my DAY OFF! Or at least I will eventually- I’ve got cleaning and a trip to the gym to fit in before I’m supposed to be off to the beautiful, yet VERY windy, city of Chicago!
Did I not mention that before? Yeah… well I have a friend who’s staying in the city for a few days and decided it may be a good excuse to take a nice mental health day. Plus, I may or may not have a few other plans… but we’re keeping those under wraps for now.
I’m so mysterious these days. Muhahahaha.