1) Have a crazy, awesome, hectic break during which you INCREASE your sleep debt rather than negating it.
2) Wake up at the crack of dawn (5:30 AM) to get on a 7:00 AM flight back to school… then promptly after arriving take a glorious 2 hour nap.
3) Actually unpack all of your clothes within a few hours of arriving, for once. However, this must be done at the expense of actually dealing with all the papers left over from last quarter.
4) Neglect to order your books for your classes until the night before they start, then continue procrastinating by getting distracted and pre-ordering Mama Pea’s cookbook instead… because you baked dough balls to convince your mom that it was a worthy investment.
This is a true story. How to win friends and influence people, and get your mom to buy you cookbooks: DOUGH. BALLS. Sorry for the bad pics though… I have better ones but they’ll have to wait.
My mom said if I baked these for any boy he’d probably propose… may have to use that someday, but not just yet…
5) Read blogs instead of looking up the locations of your classes. Oh, and then remember the rather insane classes you’re taking: Bio (with a lab), Chem (with a lab), Neuropsychology (which is supposed to be hard), and Honors Ethics (a.k.a. lots of dense reading). What is this “social life” you speak of?
6) Most importantly… Only get 4 hours of sleep two nights before starting your quarter. Why? Because you had to bake cookies to bring back. That’s why.
I’ve told you before about my quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. And the fact that chocolate chip cookie dough is kind of the best ever… and that baking chocolate chip cookies is a great excuse to consume copious quantities of that delightful concoction.
So I decided to whip out my hand mixer for one last batch of cookies before I went home, at the expense of a shower and a good night’s sleep (I have such good priorities!)
This one came from Joy the Baker. I love love love her blog… She makes the most delicious-looking things and is always so funny and adorable! She did some posts on the great chocolate chip cookie debate and I had this particular recipe bookmarked (along with 300+ other chocolate chip cookie recipes… I have a problem, I know). It was pretty straightforward so I decided to give it a go.
Verdict? Delicious. Not anything particularly earth-shattering or special, but really quite good and easy to boot. I should have underbaked a bit more so they’d be a little softer, but they were still delightful. I did have to use some white chocolate chips because I ran out of the regular ones and I had an open bag… yay for resourcefulness. :)
Chocolate Chip Cookies a la Joy the Baker
Makes about 30 smaller cookies.
adapted from here.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
~ 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips of choice
In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars until well combined and slightly fluffy (but don’t mix TOO much). Add in egg and vanilla, and mix until combined. In a separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Add dry to wet and stir until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Let chill for 30 minutes or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet. Place tablespoon-sized balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheet, and bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are JUST slightly browned (overbaking makes harder, tougher cookies that are still delicious, but not QUITE what I wanted!)
Pack ’em up and share them with friends in your dorm room. Or anyone who appreciates a good chocolate chip cookie.
How do you prepare for new quarters/school years/etc?
Do you prefer cookie dough or cookies? I like dough allll the way :)