There aren't many things I dislike about teaching- but administrative paper work is one of them. So I procrastinate and do things like...blog. About a week ago we had semester break and grades were due. All my students have to write a play critique once a quarter- so I had about 1139 on my desk. Just as I was getting ready to grade, into my office walk Elan, John, Alex, Grace and Kat:
"What are you doing tonight Kristen?"
"Shouldn't you be grading those quarter play reports?"
"How about instead you come make cookies with us at Kat's house and watch Ong-bak?"
Hmm. Is that weird? I decided that grading on a weekend night is weirder, and Felix wasn't picking me up for two hours...
"Ok. What kind of cookies?"
"I wanna eat cookie dough."
That was Elan:
You gotta love teenagers- they just tell you what they want...at every moment...all the time...whether it's appropriate or not.
Ok...cookie dough that's safe to eat. Well, we've all eaten cookie dough with egg, but Kat said she recently had salmonella and I didn't want to be responsible for feeding students raw egg. So I went on Epicurious and found a cookie recipe that didn't have egg. We also all agreed on chocolate and so I found these:
Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 c. unsalted butter (two sticks)
1 c. sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c. old fashioned oats
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Butter baking sheets. Sift first four ingredients into a bowl as Alex and John are doing below:
Actually, I was so into taking pictures, that I forgot to tell them to sift (I only told them to pose, and like good actors, they did)- so Grace did the sifting:
Beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until blended. Add dry mixture and beat until moist clumps form. Mix in oats and chocolate chips until well blended. Dough will be firm.
Let kids eat dough until they almost want to throw-up (please remember not to let them eat past this point). And for Pete's sake, don't let the dog have any:
With remaining dough, shape generous tablespoonfuls into balls and place onto prepared sheet. Flatten to 2-inch round, spacing two inches apart. Bake cookies until center is set and top is cracked- 14 minutes.
Eat cookies while watching Ong-bak and debating whether its chase scene is the best chase scene ever. I say yes, Alex says it's the one from District B-13.
The texture of these cookies is my favorite- crunchy. If you are on the "soft-bake" team, you might not like these. Felix is on that team, and he said he like the flavor, but that's only half the reason to eat a cookie.
Elan said that he thinks it's cool that I take so much pride in cooking. I guess coming from a student, "cool" is about as high a complement as I can get...