Hi, there! Remember me? Pink? Fluffy?
It’s been a crazy last few weeks, between preparing Freakin’ Flamingo samples for the swag bags at Eat, Write, Retreat (#EWR11), making more jam (because it seems that everything’s in season right now!), and organizing (and baking for) the National Food Bloggers Bake Sale – Miami, benefiting Share Our Strength.
In the middle of all this, I also decided to join up with The Secret Recipe Club, created by Amanda of Amanda’s Cookin’. This is how it works: Every month, you get to scour the blog of another member of the club (assigned to you by Amanda), and pick out and cook or bake any recipe from that person’s blog. And of course, it’s a Secret. Until the big reveal, that is.
My secret mission, this month, was to select a recipe from Kate’s isn’t everything in the kitchen trial & error? (Great blog name, don’t you think?) So I scoured Kate’s blog, literally from the very beginning, searching for a great Bake Sale cookie. You know – chocolate chip, but not so, well, ordinary. Then, just two weeks ago, Kate posted these Hot Chocolate Cookies. Instead of using cocoa, the recipe calls for using full-sugar hot cocoa mix, which gives the cookies a milder, yet rich and chocolatey depth of flavor.
I didn’t change a thing in this recipe, believe it or not. Kate gives you the choice of which type of chips you feel like using that day, so I used all three – milk chocolate, semi-sweet, and white chocolate chips. ‘Cuz that’s just the kind of girl I am. I used a small scoop, about the size of the large end of a melon baller, and got the full 4 dozen cookies – the perfect amount I was looking for.
The texture was – in my mind – perfect. Crisp and chewy at the same time. As Kate observed in her blog post, they freeze really well, too. And look how pretty they look, all dressed up for the big Bake Sale!
It was really fun, searching through another blogger’s recipe posts for inspiration and a different point of view. Wanna play? Join the Secret Recipe Club here.
Now follow along and see who got who – I can’t wait to see who got me and what they chose to make from my eclectic collection. Will it be a dessert? A main course? A 30-minute family meal? Let’s find out, together!