Friday, September 28, 2007

On The Mend

Thanks everyone for the well-wishes. I can't believe I've lost a whole week! I've had a particularly awful sinus infection that really knocked me out- Tuesday in particular I can't remember much. But I've been going to bed very early every night, resting most of the day, and eating my fill of turkey soup. The kids have been awesome. Zander's been very patient with mommy, and very snuggly. Abigail has shown her concern several times, but really steps up to help her brother when he needs it too. Andy's also been helpful- trying to keep the laundry and dishes maintained and doing what he can while he's home to help. Just this morning he offered to get out of bed and take care of Abigail this morning, which I readily agreed to. But then after thinking about it, I imagined the lunch he might pack...and the snack he'd likely forget to pack...and then I thought about her hair and how that would turn out...and well, I got up anyways.

Yesterday during a brief moment of energy, I was thinking about Abigail's lunches this week and the fact that I was out of cookies and other treats for her lunch. The easy solution would have been to stop at the store and pick up a package of Oreo's. With Zander's help, I tackled a really easy cookie recipe that is one of our favorites. Mocha Truffle Cookies are one of the easiest cookies I've ever made. It's a simple drop cookie, but the secret is in the baking. Bake them just for ten minutes and they have a texture that's reminiscent of a truffle. Over bake them, and they're not quite as decadent. Either way though, they really are delicious, and everyone in the family loves them. This time around I made them with mini chocolate chips which I thought worked fantastic! I also use my small cookie scoop to give them the look of a truffle.

This also happens to be one of the very first recipes I posted on my blog. I thought it was high time to post them again.

Mocha Truffle Cookies
shared by missindi on CLBB

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour, all-purpose
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Melt butter and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Add instant coffee and blend well. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Add sugars, eggs, and vanilla to coffee mixture. Add dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoon on greased cookie sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Do not overbake.

Yield: 3 dozen


Robyn said...

I'm glad you're feeling better. I was sick recently and can't imagine what it would have been like to need to take care of 2 children in that time. Kudos to you for making sure your family was well taken care of!or

Erika W. said...

Robyn, you have no idea how grateful that I was for my kids being old enough to keep themselves occupied. Normally I call my mom to spend time with them when I'm under the weather, but since she's in Israel right now, that's not really an option.