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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Friday Fill Ins and Another Yummy Cookie Recipe...

1. My blueprint for success includes keep trying til you do it right!
2. Tootsie role was the last candy I ate.
3. The best facial moisturizer I've ever used is Olay of Olay Night Recovery Moisturizing Treatment.
4. Walking can be good therapy.
5. I'd like to tell you about the love of my life!.
6. Positivity is my strongest characteristic.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relaxing and sleep, tomorrow my plans include blogging & reading my book and Sunday, I want to go out to dinner to my favorite Chinese Restaurant with friends!

Baking & Cooking are synonymous with the Holidays... When I was a young girl our kitchen was always bustling with my grandmother, Mother and Aunts baking and cooking while we children all played... The smells always were so wonderful that I was always sneaking in to steal a cookie or two... I learned how to bake at an early age and continue to enjoy it to this day... I often get together with my SIL, Daughters & friends to bake during the holidays... I use to host it at my house but now that we live in Tassie we go to my SIL's or Denise's House (DD). I hope you enjoy this next recipe as much as I do... so good and chewy especially when HOT!

Super Gooey Chocolate Drops

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup natural cocoa powder, such as Hershey's or Scharffen Berger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
11 ounces (1 bag) semisweet chocolate chunks
1 cup dried cherries (optional)


Position racks in the lower and upper third of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats. (If you don't have 3 pans, simply cool the pan between batches.)

Put the butter and the unsweetened and semisweet chocolates in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat at 75 percent power in the microwave until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir and heat again until melted, up to 2 minutes more. (Alternatively, put the chocolates and butter in a heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with an inch or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl over, but not touching the water, and stir occasionally until melted and smooth.)

Stir the light brown and granulated sugars and vanilla into the chocolate mixture with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs and buttermilk and beat vigorously until thick and glossy.

In another bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa, cinnamon and salt together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just mixed. Stir in chocolate chunks and dried cherries, if using.

Drop the batter in heaping tablespoons onto baking sheets--a small ice cream scoop is ideal for this. Space the cookies about 2-inches apart. Bake until the cookies set but are soft and fudgy on the inside, 12 to 15 minutes.

Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Serve. Store cookies in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to a week or freeze if you have any left. LOL LOL Makes about 2 dozen

I don't know about the rest of you but I am in the mood to start baking...

Until Later
Hugs And Kisses


Ginger said...

Hmmm those cookies sound so good. I love homemade cookies, but I can't stand store bought and won't eat them. I don't know why...just don't taste the same I guess.
I hope you have a great weekend...I am in Las Vegas..drove down this afternoon.

Anonymous said...


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Anonymous said...

Evening, Donna! Yummy! I'll take just one!
Oh, my music! I've debated whether to put any music on my blog. But I've given in. lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Connie said...

Hey, sweetpea, your email doesn't work!! You get up here to Idaho and I'll take you to Greenhurst Nursery AND to Sun Valley!! LOL

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Hi Donna, Oil of Olay is the best isnt it?! Love all your answeres, esp about walking being good therapy.

Your weekend sounds like the weekend I want! lol!!

Sue said...

well hey there Donna, nice to meet you! You have a very exciting life don't you, I think I would love to travel like that, sounds like fun!! I don't know if I could leave Amelia tho, I even get teary when I don't see her for a couple of days in a row, yea I'm sappy and she's our first LOL!! Thanks for coming by, oh and your tip, do I click on that picture I don't want while its right there on my blog or do I do it when I'm editing?? I'm so afraid I'll delete again if I go back and edit! LOL! TTYL!! Sue

Anonymous said...

Donna Marie!!!!!! Oh Geez... just when I thought I was on to something different! (LOL)


Glad your test was clear!:)

Lisa (aka) French said...

I love you fill-ins~~~I must do this one of these days;) Not to worry I am feeling just fine~~~I have been off work for 3 weeks now and it's made a world of difference not lifting all those heavy patients;) Hugs French xoxo

Tootsie said...

I had no idea reading blogs could be this fattening! I need to find some self control...just reading that recipe is making me gain!

Jill said...

Hi my friend full of hugs! I have to try that recipe!!! Can't wait! I love to bake this time of year! I may not be able to make something look pretty but I can make it taste good! :)

nikkicrumpet said...

THOSE look YUMMO....I sure wish I could bake lol...but if I even turned on my oven it would die of shock.

Lin said...

YUMMMYYYY -- chocolate!!! Can I bring the coffee???

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Donna every time I come here girl I gain weight..those cookies look yummy girl..thanks for coming by my PINK Saturday..and yes you would love the Gold country for a trip..hugs and smiles Gloria

Anonymous said...

Morning, Donnaness! Thanks for visiting me on the pinkalicious Pink Saturday!
Have a wonderful weekend and be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Kristens Creations said...

Mmmmmmm I'm starving! Those cookies look delicious!! Thanks for stopping by and checking out some of my christmas decorating. I will have much more coming up in the next couple of weeks. The week of the 17th I will be busy every day. One house takes 2 days. It's incredible!! I will be copying down your chocolate drop cookie recipe for sure! Kristen

Vintage To Chic said...

Good Morning Lady, Hope you are having a great week, I will be taking the recipes, I love to cook as much as I love to paint,

Sue said...

mornin Donna! Oh girl those chocolate cookies are sure lookin good right about now to have with my coffee! I realized I don't have you on my blog roll, now I gotta figure this out, just give me a few minutes and you'll be there! LOL! Have a great day, looks like you'll be relaxing some, I got a new Country Living mag yesterday and I am so disappointed, it had really nothing in it good for Christmas, I need to go back to my fav Country Home magazine, Oh well I'm babbling! TTYL! xo

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

oh these look yummy! I love the recipes you are putting up! Thank you for stopping by. Oh and I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate you as a friend!!! I always enjoy when you stop by. hugs, Ellen

Dawn Marie said...

ohhhh those look so good! I like your idea of a relaxing weekend. I've had a pretty relaxing one also. tomorrow I get to enjoy a stay at a very nice hotel before work starts on monday. something different always makes for a nice feeling.

Bo said...

Hi Donna...How I wish I was close enough to bake with you and of course LAUGH with you! ;-) Bo

Bridget said...

Boy these cookies sound really good too.
What book are you reading now?
Trust me, the butter cake is da bomb! I use real rum in mine and I go a little heavy handed too. I've never known anyone that didn't like this cake.

Overwhelmed! said...

Okay, I think my husband is going to LOVE these! They look a lot like the ones that I buy at Safeway. I'm definitely going to try to make these cookies!

Thanks, Donna, for participating in my 3rd annual Holiday Cooking, Blogger Style recipe exchange! I do appreciate it.

Feel free to join me Fridays for my “Favorite Ingredients Friday” recipe exchange

ksarra said...

Loved the post and recipe. I'll trade you a "mater sandwith" for one of those cookies!


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