Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

As I sit outside on this warm spring afternoon soaking the sun’s rays (in hopes to rectify the vitamin D deficiency the long frosty winter months put us through up here) I realize how wonderful life truly is.

Even though its finals week here on campus, the sun always seems to pull people out from their study hibernation in order to enjoy a few hours of relaxation here and there. I know this from experience for just a few minutes ago I found myself locked inside doing work, feeling the sun’s heat peak through the painting studio’s windows. Today I am not the only one who has succumbed to this compulsion. A group of students are over at the BBQ pit enjoying a late lunch while probably reminiscing about the past year, students lying on blankets scatter the fields like some newfangled checkerboard, and every where you look people are running, biking, walking, or getting any bit of exercise they can. Even the dogs are enjoying these endless blue skies as their owners suddenly triple the lengths of their daily walks.

It is another picturesque day to add to the countless beauties that can be found in this world. All I can say, as the sun’s rays slowly make my eyes drift into a short nap, is that I am so fortunate to have the best group of friends and family anyone could ask for. I am here today, able to take in such beauties thanks to this support system, and because of that I am truly blessed.

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Now on to some cookies 🙂

There is one recipe that I always turn to when I am in need of a quick dessert, Chocolate chip M&M cookies.

This is a recipe that I have been working on and perfecting over the past year and a half. I found its recipe origin one day while I was in Ireland and in need of something for an upcoming kayak water polo match. With a few little changes, the recipe was soon to be one of my favorites.

Here it is! Hope you guys enjoy it 🙂

Also, I only had older pictures of this recipe so sorry about the poor quality. Hopefully I will be updating them soon 🙂

Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

Ingreidents

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp hot water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 large bar of dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream together butter and sugar
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time
  4. Stir in vanilla
  5. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to mix with salt
  6. Stir in flour, 1 cup at a time
  7. Stir in chocolate pieces and M&Ms
  8. Bake for 8- 10 min.
  9. Enjoy 🙂
I dont know how I am not at least 30 pounds heavier...

I dont know how I am not at least 30 pounds heavier…

With M&Ms :)

With M&Ms 🙂

Without M&Ms

Without M&Ms

Irish Treacle (Molasses) Bread

After living in Ireland for 6 months I can concur that Irish people know how to make a great bread! The density which you find in their signature breads makes them great as toast or to dip into soups. And for those who crave carbs, there is an addictive quality to them. If I were to add up the amount of brown bread I ate while I was there some people would gain 5 pounds just imagining it.

So you can only imagine the withdrawals I went through when I left. It wasn’t long before I started looking for recipes which matched the breads I ate there. One of my friends from Ireland even sent me a few packages of Odlums brown bread pre-mix to help ease my cravings. However, as stated before, I’m not one to use mixes and I am not one to wait 2 weeks for a package to come in the mail– So I started recipe searching instead.

When I was recipe searching I kept running into this thing called Treacle. Imagine taking molasses and putting it on steroids– Treacle would be the end product. I was lucky to stumble upon this stuff in the international section of one of the grocery stores by my house. I honestly don’t know how I found it because it comes in a can that could easily be mistaken for wood stainer. Yup, you gotta ply the lid off (and you could even hammer it back on if you wanted to). (Want some?— Here is a link just in case you want to buy some).

After finding this little beauty I was able to explore the array of Treacle bread recipes that I had been finding online. It was this ingredient that, when cooking, triggered the many memories I had which surrounded waiting for that toaster to pop up in my apartment in Dublin (dont take a whiff of it in the jar though– it smells AWFUL!)

Today I decided to make a Treacle bread for a dinner I am attending at a sustainable house on campus tomorrow. I know that this is a group of people that appreciate a good thick bread so I decided it was the perfect thing to make on my eventless Monday evening. I also made a half version of this recipe using only whole wheat flour so I could enjoy some this evening. I do not have Treacle at school so I decided to just go with the weaker stuff (aka molasses).
Irish Treacle Bread

Irish Treacle Bread

Irish Treacle Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 1/2  tbs molasses (or treacle if you have it)
  • 2 1/2 tbs honey

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flours, oats, baking soda, and salt in a big bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl mix the molasses and honey  together (you can spray the bowl with cooking spray if you want to f make it pour easier). Mix buttermilk in.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using first a spoon and then your hands. You may need to add a bit more flour in the process.
  5. Form dough into circular mound and place on a baking sheet. Using a floured knife make an “X” on the top of the dough.
  6. Bake for 50-55 min or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.
  7. Enjoy and imagine that you are in Ireland 🙂
Ingredients

Ingredients

Starting to mix the wet ingredients into the dry mix

Starting to mix the wet ingredients into the dry mix

The bread is ready to bake!

The bread is ready to bake!

Yum!

Yum!

The mini loaf I made with only whole wheat flour

The mini loaf I made with only whole wheat flour