You know what’s frustrating?
I am slightly dessert-obsessed, if you didn’t know that already. Like cannot go a single night without DESSERT! No, not ‘dessert.’ But DESSERT!! (Said with much enthusiasm, because dessert is just that exciting). The frustrating part comes when there are so many options and possibilities and all of a sudden DESSERT turns into an overwhelming experience when it should just be plain enjoyable.
Each night, very shortly after dinner, there comes a time to determine what can be eaten that will finish off the day in the tastiest way possible.
Okay that’s a lie. This thought process happens well before dinner even begins.
One night in the very recent past (as in yesterday), I picked up half a dozen Cupcake cupcakes more than a day in advance to bring to my family who I’ll be visiting in Ohio this weekend.
That box of cupcakes was tempting as could be. It just sat on the counter, screaming for someone to eat one. Those poor cupcakes didn’t want to wait another whole day before being consumed.
So I decided I would have half of the Death by Chocolate cupcake. Half quickly turned into the whole thing.
Doesn’t it always?
I was literally about to shove another chocolate bite into my mouth when Greg says, “I want to take you to get ice cream.”
Ummmm. You have to be kidding me. Any other night, any other time, I would have jumped at his offer. But what was I supposed to do? I had a perfectly amazing cupcake right in front of me and I couldn’t just walk away. I wasn’t about to let myself have two full desserts in one night – the holidays are over and I’ve been doing so well controlling my excessive sugar intake again.
This, my friends, is frustration. Overwhelming dessert possibilities! I had to turn down the ice cream, but Greg almost got me to give in when my response to his offer was, “I’ll save it for a rainy day.” He quickly pointed out, “It IS raining!”
Now I’m saving my ice cream date for another rainy day.
So what does all this have to do with the cookies in the pictures? Well, nothing really. Nothing at all except cookies are dessert too. And just in case the thought of cupcakes and ice cream don’t overwhelm you enough, throw cookies into the mix.
Which would you choose?!
Chewy Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 2 dozen cookies
2 sticks butter, softened
1 box instant French Vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup Ande’s Creme de Menthe baking chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray and set aside.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter, pudding mix and sugars. Beat on medium speed until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.
3. In a separate medium bowl, add flour and baking soda. Add flour to butter mixture and beat until just incorporated. Fold in creme de menthe chips until evenly distributed.
4. Drop cookie dough by the tablespoon onto baking sheet. Bake 7-9 minutes. Tops and edges will become golden brown, but don’t worry if the cookies don’t look quite done – they will set while cooling. Remove from heat and let sit about 5 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack to finishing cooling.