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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

battle chocolate chips

i went on a major baking craze this weekend, for a very important cause. regardless of your political affiliation or stance on war, our troops overseas still need to know that we are thinking about them, and praying for their safety always. i became a US Citizen in the winter of 2007 and with that passage into citizenship came a sense of awareness of this country. i am thankful for the opportunity to bitch and moan about the crap that rages on in my life, i have the freedom to do whatever tickles my fancy and it is because of the men and women who are fighting over theres. so if there is something that i can do to make their lives a little bit more comfortable, then i will. in this case, i'm adding a few inches to their hips, thru Operation Baking GALS.

since i've become a fan of baking cookies this year, i couldn't make up my mind on what to bake. i turned to my fellow food bloggers. Shannalee of Food Loves Writing made The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies in early september. she raved about it and then made it again recently for a care package to her troop. i finally succumbed and made them. HOWEVER. jen over at Use Real Butter made some espresso chocolate chip shortbread recently that caught my eye. i made those too. one late friday night after my restaurant shift, and the other saturday night, again, after my restaurant shift. i baked them both sunday morning. both batches made enough that i was able to share them with: my crafternoon crochet lady-friends, my coworkers at the restaurant, my sweet patient boyfriend AND for my troop in Iraq.


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surprisingly, i followed the steps of both recipes alot more than i normally do. reason being, i was tired and i just was not in the mood to be deviating. for the NY Times cookies, i did roll them out into logs and just cut them into cookies when i was ready to bake, rather than form them into golf size balls. they were probably a bit thinner than they should've been but they still tasted good. for the shortbread, i used espresso vodka instead of instant espresso. they came out lighter in color than jen's but still very good.

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my personal verdict: the cookies came out the winners. they had a chewy, softy, crispy texture to it and the SALT! it just adds even more to the tastebuds. the shortbread were still good but they were more crumbly. both fantastic with my coffee in the morning, awesome with my cider at lunch and great with my milk at night.

jab looooooooooooooooved the cookies, and he's not much of a cookie kinda guy. just for that, i'll be making more for him soon. my restaurant crew seemed to gravitate towards the cookies too and i noticed that my crochet hookers were not partial to either, they ate both.

most importantly tho, i hope Capt. Delaske and his troop likes them! :) Special thanks to Steph of Mostly Useless Drivel for hosting his troop this round!

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this "operation" is going to be a continuous occurance, every month i think. i'm already baking a few batches of cookies every week or so and really, shipping fees are around $6. to me, that's ONE table i have to wait on at the restaurant. that's a fast food lunch that i don't need. that's two pairs of patterned socks i don't need. $6 is not a bad price to pay for a worthy cause. won't you join in the fun too?

of course, please don't forget about the boob bake off!

Today's soundtrack: Adele, Melt My Heart to Stone

7 comments:

  1. OMG, Lan. I just saw your shortbread cookies on tastespotting! congrats. they look (and tasted) delicious.

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  2. Awesome! How could your soldier not love these?

    p.s. - OH i LOVE the salt, too!

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  3. Mmmm I love good shortbread. Those make my mouth water just looking at them.

    ~Liz
    www.agiveawayaday.blogspot.com
    www.lovingthismomstuff.blogspot.com
    www.justanotherliz.blogspot.com

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  4. ooh salt atop a chocolate chip cookie? intriguing.

    You're such an example of service. I love it.

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  5. pam -
    it always tickles me pink when i get published on foodgawker or tastespotting. thanks for coming over sunday, i'm already thinking about what i'll make next crafternoon. :)

    shannalee -
    um. i've been having these cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner and before bed. i will have to make these again this weekend, keep the dough in the freezer. i blame you and i thank you! :)

    liz -
    thank you. they were buttery and so tasty with coffee!

    jen -
    i know! the SALT! who'da thunk? you need to make these and let me know what you think too.

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  6. pam -
    it always tickles me pink when i get published on foodgawker or tastespotting. thanks for coming over sunday, i'm already thinking about what i'll make next crafternoon. :)

    shannalee -
    um. i've been having these cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner and before bed. i will have to make these again this weekend, keep the dough in the freezer. i blame you and i thank you! :)

    liz -
    thank you. they were buttery and so tasty with coffee!

    jen -
    i know! the SALT! who'da thunk? you need to make these and let me know what you think too.

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  7. Mmmm I love good shortbread. Those make my mouth water just looking at them.

    ~Liz
    www.agiveawayaday.blogspot.com
    www.lovingthismomstuff.blogspot.com
    www.justanotherliz.blogspot.com

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