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the Cookie Challenge: for my Cookie Monsters

Jason and I received this book as a wedding gift from his Aunt Jen, and I use it all the time.  There are a few favorites we make over and over again, like snickerdoodles, chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies and magic blondies, but the book contains 175 recipes.  So I thought it was about time I expand my cookie horizons.  The pistachio tuiles, coconut cream-filled macaroons, and lime meltaways were feeling a little left out of our baking festivities.  I may be a girly girl with boys, but I’m going to groom them into well-rounded little men, long before they know it’s not cool to sit on your mom’s lap while she sews or bake cookies on Friday mornings.  I know daddy is going to swoop them up soon enough hunting and building and fixing stuff.

Jack is going to be 4 in March, so I figure by the time he is 9 (and Jamison would be 7) I have 260 weeks to bake 175 different kinds of cookies.  What do you think?  Do you think we can do it? … hopefully, without gaining 10 lbs.  Friday morning we started with chocolate surprise cookies.  The perfect cookie for kids, gooey marshmallow “surprise” inside and so much cocoa, the dry ingredients are barely tinged with white.  The finished cookie is a deep, rich espresso color.

My friend Sarah’s mother-in-law relayed this genius advice to her about raising boys.  She always kept her fridge full of frozen pizzas, had a cool spot for them to hang out and supplied yummy baked goods to munch on.  Sounds something akin to “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”  She figured if the kids always wanted to hang out at her house, she could keep an eye on them.  We all remember the cool parents of our friends.  The ones who had a stocked fridge and a big heart.

I think it will be fun.  You won’t want to miss a single lick.

And, if you’re around on a Friday afternoon, we just may have freshly baked cookies to share.

Vive le biscuit!

Have a beautiful week everyone!



It sounds like you’ll be supplying the desserts for the next 6 years:) I think it’s great how much you bake with the boys and they seem to really love it. Tim has sweet memories of staying home with his mom and baking pies:)

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