Saturday, February 20, 2016

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies were a surprise hit.
My last year as a participant of PAFA's Open Studio Night was splendid, special even!
A huge, grand thank you to everyone who came out last night to see the work of my incredible peers (some whom I will eternally miss) and I. Very kind, very sincere people visited my temporary second home, Studio Number 867,  a soiled, fermenting ground where my work has been watered and blossoming sweet yet humble fruit. I appreciated those that lingered and listened to me discuss vibrant painted ideas surrounding them as well as hopes for the work's future. Some were interested in the writing elements, taking time reading my prose, wondering if visual and literary language would ever come to be married together like they so obviously desire. I treasured raised questions, feared flashing paparazzi bulbs, and championed on homemade cookie grabs. This has been one heck of an amazing thrill ride experience. 
About last night:  Philly Aids Thrift Cat Dress ($5) and Mod Cloth Fox Shoes.
Before I came to my studio (just a little late), I created dark chocolate chunk cookies with one of the bars originally purchased as a personal Valentine's Day treat. Remember the Theo Chocolate? Well, I figured why not share happiness, considering how joyous Friday night fatefully promised. I thought about this corny movie, Simply Irresistible, where the lead character makes the most sumptuously appetizing food and her emotions can be tasted, felt by those eating these creations. I didn't cry in the cookie batter. My pride and joy filtered through-- rather magically. I'm always happy to hear a compliment over cookies and a painting and sentimental writing. Why not have this happen simultaneously?
Needless to say, soft, moist, dark chocolate decadence was all gone before Open Studio Night struck it's nine o'clock ending chimes. Yes!
Again, thank you to the visitors, some dear friends, and delightful faculty for not only taking cookies and a peek inside 867, but for also making beautiful memories to reflect back on.

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies Ingredients and Preparation

3 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup almond milk (or any other dairy free alternative)
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 dark chocolate bar, chopped (used Theo 70% Dark)
1/2 cup pecans (any other nut would do)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together.
Blend almond milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
Mix dry ingredients with wet.
Add apple cider vinegar.

Chopping chocolate action.
I used every spare little scrap for these cookies.
Baking is an action packed process.
Stir in chocolate chunks and pecans. Scoop out batter in tablespoons onto a non-stick ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. The baking time lessens gradually after each batch.
Cool cookies first before stacking them up for storage.
Cookies are warm and ready to go!

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