Evil Cookies

Hello everyone!

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Photo courtesy of Smitten Kitchen

Those of you who know me, know I enjoy my baking endeavors. However, unlike many savvy bakers I know, I’m the kind of baker that can’t be bothered with certain things. If a recipe involves rolling, cutting, or, heaven forbid yeast, you can count me out. I live in fear of messing those recipes up, even though my friends insist they’re like any other. So, when I came across simple, yummy-sounding cookie recipes mentally stash them away for a rainy day, or a relaxing afternoon.

These potato chip cookies from my favorite food blog Smitten Kitchen seemed like they could either be odd or totally amazing- I’m glad to say that they were, hands down, the latter. I would go out on a limb and say that they were slightly evil as well. After all, how could something that consists primarily of butter, sugar, and potato chips not be delicious?

1 cup (2 sticks or 225 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar, divided
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon table salt (optional, see note above)
1/2 cup chopped and toasted pecans
1/2 cup finely crushed potato chips
2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium size bowl, cream butter and a 1/2 cup sugar together. Mix in salt and vanilla. Add the chopped pecans and crushed potato chips. When fully combined, stir in flour until solid dough forms. Place remaining sugar in a small bowl, roll small balls of dough in sugar, and place 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Flatten each cookie slightly (I used my hands, because I’m totally uncool and don’t have fancy tools like this), and sprinkle with any leftover potato chip flakes. (The original calls for a “potato chip salt,” but I couldn’t help but cut corners.)

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Bake cookies until edges brown lightly- about 15 minutes. The final result is not unlike a pecan sandie, except exceptionally light and pleasingly salty.

I ate about two of these and suddenly realized that I had a problem. Being left alone in the house with over a dozen of these cookies, I could have easily eaten every single one; they were so good.  I started frantically giving them away in batches to friends and family in an attempt to stop myself from overindulging! While some people were skeptical at the thought of potato chip cookies, everyone did agree that they were amazing. I think I’ll have to make another batch very soon.

Happy baking!

EVA♥

Birthday Dinner

Hi everyone!

I must say I have missed my dear blog over the last few days. Sorry to be MIA, but, as you might have gathered from my previous blogs, I have been occupied with celebrating my birthday over the last week. Which is totally appropriate adult behavior.

On my birthday proper, a small group of girlfriends and I gathered at Hard Water, a waterfront bar on the Embarcadero. Specializing in bourbon cocktails and New Orleans-inspired food, it was an intimate and enjoyable cocktail hour, although it was quite cold and blustery out.

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This top-heavy concoction consisted of bourbon, St. George’s NOLA Coffee liqueur, organic Straus cream, and a variety of other things beyond my comprehension. It also came with this curious little metal straw/spoon, in the manner of those Iccee straws of your childhood. Also pictured are some beautiful pink dahlias I was gifted. True girlfriends are worth their weight in gold, I’ll be the first to tell you.

After a few drinks, I got to check another item off of the Summer List with a late dinner at Foreign Cinema. Two birds with one stone!  I’ve never had the opportunity of being at this beautiful restaurant while they were showing their signature films, so this was an absolute treat. I found it a bit difficult, however, to enjoy Casablanca in the full interior of the restaurant and without totally ignoring my date. It was a lovely sentiment, though, and created a really nice ambiance. Being the girl that I am, I did manage to document the lovely festivities by taking gratuitous photos of my celebratory meal before devouring it.

…minus the actual dinner…

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When my exotic seafood stew arrived, you see, I decided that it needed to be in my face as quickly as possible. So, I put down the camera and enjoyed my dinner. Bad blogger! However, I did manage to capture the beauty of my cocktail. Typical Eva.

 Here’s the fantastic chevre cheesecake I had for dessert:

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Topped with berries, brown sugar oat crumble, and a swipe of a white peach based sauce.

I have a feeling that this restaurant will continue to be one of my very favorites for years to come. I was so full by the end of the meal, I was beginning to regret my dress choice. Unfortunately you can’t unbutton any buttons when you’re wearing a dress…#girlproblems.

Happy Monday all! Promise I won’t be too much of a stranger.

EVA♥