I’m 7 days into my 30 day challenge, and I’m already behind! We headed over to Salem Friday evening which is one of my favorite things to do. Not because Salem is a destination of any kind. The weather is consistently cloudy and dreary, and it’s a typical state capital, but there is one thing there that brings such a smile to my face, it’s most times hard to contain. Our best friends live there, and if I could, I’d find a way to be there every weekend if it was possible.
Duane, Shauna, Stephen and Tiffany are the kind of friends you only hope that Jesus blesses you with in your lifetime. When we get to spend time with each other we laugh, eat, drink absurd amounts of coffee, cry (at least us girls do ♥), and make memories that I believe are the absolute fuel for my soul. I love the way all of their voices sound when we walk in the door. I love how each time we’re together we come away with some ridiculous saying that created so much laughter for no good reason. I love catching the sound of the guys talking about their motorcycles in the next room with so much passion you would think each ride was a life changing event. I love how our very personalities fall into place right alongside each other, as if the weeks that had passed since the last time we saw each other hadn’t existed at all. I’m currently in the middle of a book that my dear friends Tiffany & Shauna gave me called “Bittersweet” by Shauna Niequist, and I came across this bit that perfectly describes our time together.
Because we had the time, because we could let conversations wind and unwind, because we could start them at dawn and pick them up again in the afternoon and add a few more thoughts in the evening, we circled down to the places you never get to when you just see one another at weddings, giving out funny sound bytes over bites of cake.
Life with them is full of depth, and there’s just really nothing else like it. Things are once again changing for our group as Tiffany & Stephen prepare to bring their sweet baby girl into the world this week! So incredibly thankful to have spent their last weekend without kids with them, and can’t wait to meet that little cupcake! If there’s one thing that is becoming more and more apparent to me as I grow and change and learn, it’s this…life is so short, and I want to share it with the people I love most, no matter what the cost or sacrifice.
All that to say, it was absolutely worth falling a few days behind in my baking challenge. It does, however, mean that this week will be more than filled with sweet treats, starting with these little dandies!
Whoppers date back all the way to 1949 and were first sold unwrapped, two for one cent. I love this picture of a time so much more simple! It reminds me of Walker’s Pharmacy in Sterling where they used to sell gummy worms for 5 cents each at the counter. Anybody else partake in this simple pleasure as a kid? Needless to say, this all-American candy used to be one of my favorites before I could no longer eat it, so when I found this recipe it was a must! My house is filled with the smell of chocolate and malt, and I’m loving every minute of it!
Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops (recipe courtesy of Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan)
Makes: 30 cookies
1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup malted milk powder (Ovaltine)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick plus 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup whole milk
2 cups Whoppers, coarsely chopped
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Sift together the flour, malted milk powder, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
- In a separate large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together with a hand mixer for 3 minutes, until very smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. Mix in vanilla. Add in half of the dry ingredients, mixing until they disappear into the batter. Mix in the milk and then the remaining dry ingredients. Mix until they are incorporated. Mix in malted milk balls and chocolate chips, using a rubber spatula.
- Drop the dough, a tablespoonful, on the lined baking sheet, leaving about inches of space in between. Baking for 11-13 minutes, rotating the pan after 6 minutes. Let the cookies rest for several minutes on the baking sheet, and then transfer to cool to a room temperature on a cooling rack.
What I love about these chocolate cookies: There are actual Whoppers in them! Bonus.
What I hate about these chocolate cookies: Not a darn thing. They are easy and different from the go-to chocolate chip cookies that I often make!