Sometimes you just need chocolate.
Today was one of those days. I really wanted a huge, crispy cookie from a bakery. But what I didn’t want was the car drive to pick one up. Or the bajillion grams of fat that come with it. I’m not one to give up completely though… if I want a chocolate chip cookie, I’ll make it happen.
I checked out one of my favorite dessert blogs, Chocolate Covered Katie. She has a lot of “single lady” (individual)-sized recipes, and other smaller portioned recipes. Her recipes are also healthy and vegan. Although I’m not vegan, the idea of baking a few healthy cookies (rather than dozens and dozens) is perfect. Who has time to bake 48 cookies? Psh.
I used Katie’s “Not Guilty” Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, but modified it a little. I left out the oil, picked a different amount of chocolate chips, and added a little extra milk.
Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup wheat flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 TB and 1 tsp chocolate chips
2 TB brown sugar (I didn’t pack it)
2 TB sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract – yummmm
3 TB skim milk plus 1 tsp skim milk (add more if necessary)
Preheat the oven to 375. Mix flour, salt, baking soda, brown sugar, and white sugar in medium-sized bowl. Add chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and skim milk to the dry ingredients. Stir until incorporated. Bake for 6-7 minutes. (Note: she said they’ll still cook once they’re out of the oven…mine took a while until the center didn’t have a slightly dough-y interior. If you can wait about an hour after they’re out, they should be fully cooked. If not, well…they’re a little doughy…but there’s no eggs, so it’s not really a concern ;) ). Made 11 small(ish) cookies.
Baking (and eating) cookies was the perfect end to my day. After an hour long bike ride in hot, humid weather this morning, I think these cookies were deserved. :) Can’t believe the marathon is in FIVE days! I also can’t believe I’m hardly running this week. I know the tapering process is necessary blahblahblah and I survived my first marathon following this same schedule, but it’s still kinda crazy to me! Oh well, I guess that means more time to bake? ;)
Question for you:
What do you do while tapering?
I usually try to get out of the house and do something productive. Whether it’s planning for an upcoming vacation, looking for a new book to read, or catching up with friends, I need to do something. The idea of sitting around and doing nothing (when I’m used to days filled with running) is just too boring.