miracle.

I have done it. My ginger snaps are pretty damn good, if I pat myself on the back a little. But, I’ve managed to perfect making 24 perfectly round and symmetrical cookies in one go.

It’s cookie perfection.

ginger & cloves, 10.15

I really love baking. I wish there was more time for it, of course. But these ginger cookies are my lasting savior of time–utterly perfect every batch, I can whip up two dozen of these with my eyes closed. And the smells from the oven. Oh, the smells. And just a mixing bowl and cookie sheet to clean up.

Some things, you just need to be simple, yet mind numbing.

baking, 6.3

Can’t quite stop baking, despite the increasing temperatures. These are my mini chocolate chip ones, gifted to my friend Steve, but not before I ate a few.

baking with sister, 3.24

Piles of chocolate chip and sausalito style cookies (chocolate chunk macadamia nut). I baked these with my sister, who is one of the world’s greatest cookie machines on this planet, recently.

…and they are already completely gobbled up.

Hit ’em up…cookie style…

Bad, Jenna!

It’s quite annoying when, at 5:45 p.m., you waltz into the kitchen to get a glass of water, and you waltz out an hour later with about 45 chocolate chip walnut cookie drops. I call these drops because they are small little popables–just throw one up in your mouth and…and…touch heaven…

…then hope you can’t jiggle your tummy later.

Unfortunately for me, I had all the fixings on hand for some delicious cookies and didn’t even need to walk the half block to the store to pick up supplies. Unfortunately for me, also, I had to have such a random craving to begin with…but boy, are they tasty with a cup of hot coffee. And they are sufficient for dinner; don’t believe anyone who claims otherwise.

At least I enjoyed the Carolina Chocolate Drops while cooking with chocolate and creating these little drops. Don’t know the brilliant Chocolate Drops? The North-Carolina-based trio are one of the few remaining traditional African-American string bands, and play a whole host of delicious tunes with instruments like kazoo, fiddle, jugs, banjos, and even bones. Huzzah! Enjoy this interesting bit on the band from NPR’s Weekend Edition circa 2007 or check out one of my favorites, “Cornbread and Butterbeans”. Of course, “Hit ‘Em Up Style” is really making the rounds of late; I heard it on WERS on the drive home from work yesterday.

File Under: Chocolate Chip Cookie Drops Travesty? Still debating…

They tell me, “I guess that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes…”

Some days, when a craving is that good, you’ll rummage through your cabinets and organize t he ingredients.

In my case, it was walnut chocolate chip cookies thanks to post-election blues (saddened at the realization that my state went red in the special election) and a serious hankering for chocolate and nut.

They pretty much came out phenomenal and I’ve been eating them since Wednesday. Anyone want to intervene?