Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sick in not bed. And a cookie.

I was going to label this post Sick In Bed, but then realized that, as I am sitting in front of a computer and have been for three solid days, it would be an inaccurate title. The truth is that I'm sick in front of the computer, because the typing of dental reports waits for no man.

I am very bored, but my lungs won't take up oxygen, so my options are limited. I think I have consumption.

I blame the sickness on a combination of three contributory factors:
1) Running
2) Running when the smog is so thick you cant see the very-proximal mountains
3) Not vegetables

Despite my conclusion, I am eager to get well so I can shuffle once more. Missing a week of training is not wise for a person who is supposed to run a marathon in 99 days, but I have no choice. Further despite my conclusion, I decided that, having eaten naught but hot and sour soup yesterday (my sick food of choice; you really should try it) I should try out a new chocolate chip cookie recipe. You see, I have been searching for a great one (or at least a good one) for awhile, but have come up with nothin'. But yesterday the sickness-prolonging gods smiled on me and my efforts were handsomely rewarded:

Any perceived inadequacy is the fault of the camera (or, possibly, camera-woman) not the cookie. The cookie was terrific. I got the recipe out of VwaV but then de-veganized it by trading in the shortening for butter and adding an egg. Yes, I feel guilty, but at least I landed a good cookie recipe. And, lucky duck, so did you:

1 C butter at room temperature
1 1/4 C sugar
1 TBS molasses
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 C all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 C semisweet chocolate chips

preheat oven to 350
cream the butter and sugar until fluffy
add molasses and vanilla
add the flour, baking soda and salt, mix well
(At this point, I discovered that I had not cookie dough, but a substance that more closely resembled gravel, so I added an egg. Presumably you could just add the egg when you are creaming things, but I wanted to authentically represent what I actually made)
add chocolate chips (Guittard is the only acceptable brand, if you have a brain)
create dough balls using an ice cream scoop, if handy, or a teaspoon, if not
place 2" apart on a baking sheet
bake 12 minutes

Voila. Great cookies. Let me know if you make them and like them.

Speaking of great cookies, I will cry until Thanksgiving because I missed the season to make these.


missy. said...

i have a recipe for chocolate chip cookies made with chickpeas. i haven't tried it yet, but i intend to. tell me if you want the recipe and i'll email it to you!!

amy said...

missy, you give em a shot and then, if they're good, let me know. i am all for creative recipes!

Jen said...

I have a testimony of chocolate chip cookies with molasses in them. They are even better with broken up toffee Symphony bars in them.

My mom has a recipe that has pureed white beans in them that are really nutritious, but she guards the recipe with her life, claiming she's going to write a book. Yeah. Weird.

Kristin said...

I love how you refer to your running as shuffling. It never fails to get a chuckle out of me.

amy said...

kristin, if you saw it, you would know that shuffling is really the most correct verb.

Kate said...

Sorry you're under the weather champ-o. Let me know if you need anything... besides chocolate chip cookies, which always seem to do the trick for me :)