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Chocolate Gooey Marshmallow Cookies

Hey everyone. Hope you are all having a great weekend. Mine has been both relaxing and fun. Alex got tickets to the bulls game from work on Friday night. Last minute sporting event? I’m in! It was a great game and a bulls win! Love my Chicago sports.

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Saturday was spent being lazy around the house for the most part. I did go shopping with my sister and out for lunch. It was absolutely beautiful outside and we had wanted to get our first Black Dog Gelato of the year but they didn’t open until 2pm and it was only noon. Instead we went to a fabulous little boutique to look for bridal shower and rehearsal dinner dresses. This place is awesome and I left with two beautiful dresses. I cannot wait to wear them. Since we didn’t get our gelato, Amanda and I went next door to Frasca for a pizza and skillet cookie out on their patio. It is so nice to see the outdoor seating areas open. Everywhere was packed outside.

Today was spent cleaning up the house. I am in full out spring cleaning mode. Our front door/steps area was driving me insane. There were pine needles from our Christmas tree, sand from last summer, and leaves everywhere. Not to mention all the dirt, salt and everything else dragged in all winter long. This area is cut off from the rest of our apartment so it was easy to ignore by closing our inside front door but with the nice weather today I wanted to tackle this problem. I swept all the way down then hand scrubbed each of the steps to get off all the grossness. It is amazing how different it looks. I should have taken a before and after picture! Alex helped me clean up the inside of the house. There is nothing better than starting the week with a nice clean house.

To celebrate the nice weather and our hard work cleaning (aka I was looking for an excuse), I decided to make some cookies. I love anything chocolate and marshmallows are currently my obsession. I was perusing pinterest and found a recipe for rocky road cookies. It sounded good but I didn’t love the recipe so I made my own. I have these delicious cookies to share with you today. I could not wait to share this recipe with you. They are chocolately, gooey, soft, delicious. I could keep going but I won’t. Feel free to adapt to what you have. Add peanut butter chips instead of chocolate. Don’t have one of the nuts, use what you have! Don’t like nuts? Leave them out. Don’t leave out the marshmallows though. They make this cookie what it is. They melt down into almost a burnt caramel flavor and stay gooey at the same time. Just try it.

I started by creaming 2 sticks of butter, 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar in my stand mixer. Then the eggs were added one by one and the vanilla extract with the second egg.

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Then I whisked together 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour with 1 tsp each of baking powder and baking soda and 1/2 cup cocoa powder. This was gradually added to my butter mixture until combined. Note that this dough is very sticky and takes a bit of effort to combine well. Once the flour is all in, mix in 1 cup chocolate chips, 1 cup nuts (I used almonds and walnuts), and 1 1/4 cups mini marshmallows. I mixed this with my hands because it wouldn’t incorporate well with the mixer.

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Then I rolled the dough into about 2 Tbsp balls or about the size of a ping pong ball. Make them bigger or smaller as you would like. These do not spread out a lot in the oven so you can put them relatively close together.

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Bake for 13 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Let sit on the cookie sheets for 2-3 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

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Chocolate Gooey Marshmallow Cookies (Makes ~3 dozen cookies)

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or sub all purpose flour)

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 sticks salted butter

1/2 cup granulate white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts (i used almonds and walnuts)

1 1/4 cup mini marshmallows

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream room temperature butter and both sugars together

2. Add the eggs one at a time, incorporating well before adding the second. Add the vanilla extract

3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa powder.

4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter, mixing well to combine.

5. Once all the flour is combined, add in the chocolate chips, nuts, and marshmallows. Mix together.

6. Roll into 2 Tbsp balls (about the size of a ping pong ball)

7. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets and bake for 13-14 minutes

8. Remove from oven, let sit for 2-3 minutes before moving the cooling racks to cool completely.

9 Store in an airtight container. Or eat them all right away. Sharing with friends is optional

I hope you all enjoy these cookies as much and Alex and I did. We could not stop eating them fresh out of the oven. Some are getting sent with him to work tomorrow to get them out of the house. Let me know what you think when you make the cookies.

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Eating Right My Way

This is a continued post from yesterday on National Nutrition Month and how I eat right, my way, every day. 

My Saturday morning started off with coffee and skim milk. I drank my coffee while catching up with blogs and brain storming breakfast ideas. I love Kiss my Broccoli’s pancake recipes but I didn’t have all the ingredients for any of the recipes I’m dying to try. Instead, I decided to make my own protein pancakes. I took the recipe on the back of the Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour package and made a couple changes. They were good but the recipe isn’t ready to be shared because they were pretty flat and missing something. They were definitely stick to your stomach, keep you full pancakes. I ate 4 pancakes (about 1/4 of the recipe) and a banana.20130302_09175120130302_124351

Since it was Saturday, I had Zumba at 11. Since it ends at noon, I usually end up starving by the time I get home. Therefore lunch has to be quick and easy to throw together. Lunch was leftovers of the Greek chicken, roasted butternut squash and the rice dish. Also, I had two very large strawberries and a small apple.

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About an hour after lunch, I was feeling snacky. My mom had recently gone to Aldi and bought this tub of trail mix with different nuts, raisins and cranberries. I’m not usually a trail mix person but it totally hit the spot.

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We had my church’s bowling league yesterday too. I subbed on my parent’s team since their other two team members were out of town. Check out my snazzy bowling shoes.

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I enjoyed a beer while playing the three games and since it was Easter Egg Hunt Night I ate 2 Hershey Kisses that I “found.” Every time I marked (aka a strike or spare) I got to choose an egg out of a big. If it had a chocolate egg you got a dollar. The rest of the eggs held Hershey kisses. I won three dollars and mom and dad won 4. This money is going towards Dance for Disney.

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After bowling, I headed out to dinner with the family to Coach’s Corner a sports bar near my house. I ordered the California Chicken Wrap with grilled chicken avocado, shredded lettuce and pico de gallo with a side of french fries. Sorry about the horrible picture. It was very dark in the bar and flash photos were not turning out for me. I ate about 2/3 of the sandwich and most of the fries. Not a typical meal for me but sometimes you just need to have some french fries. The sandwich was extremely spicy but very tasty.20130302_193053

Overall, a mostly healthy day. I’ve been eating more chocolate than usual which I blame on all the darn holidays. I’m trying to cut back on my chocolate intake but sometimes a little chocolate is good for the heart and mind.

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