Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cookie Success

by Meghann on April 25, 2013

This image for Chewy Chocolate Sugar Cookies caught my attention on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago.

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What I really liked is once you click through to the recipe it isn’t a list of complicated ingredients or instructions, instead it’s a list of ingredients I generally already have on hand and a simple list of instructions. Easy peasy.

I was all set to make the recipe two weekends ago when I realized I was all out of one of those handy ingredients – butter. Fail. I was also out of the motivation to run to the store for more.

I was all set to make the recipe again this weekend when I clicked on the link and the site the recipe was attached to was “under construction.” Fail again. I googled “Chewy Chocolate Sugar Cookies” to see if I could find another recipe to work off of, but the only ones I found had items I didn’t have on hand like cream cheese. Grrr…

At this point I was pretty determined to make those darn cookies. Thankfully the site was up and running on Monday (I printed the recipe just in case) and by Wednesday I actually had a free evening to break out the mixer and get to work.

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The cookie dough the recipe produced was fudgy, rich, and delicious. I probably could have ate the whole bowl of just the dough and been happy. Yum. Yum. Yum.

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For once the cookies came out semi looking like the photo. I was impressed! (my cookies NEVER look like the photo!)

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And I had enough to share!

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I brought the rest in to work today (LOVE having an office to bring treats to!) and they were a hit! Everyone loved the chocolate twist on the classic sugar cookies (as did I!).

So if you’re looking for a cookie recipe to impress friends, I can’t recommend the Chewy Chocolate Sugar Cookies by Mel’s Kitchen Cafe enough! Definitely a win.

Remember the Best Damn Race I ran in February?

The race first caught my attention last summer when they opened registration with a rolling price structure. The first handful of people who registered paid $1 to race, the next group paid $5, and so on and so on. Despite some registration issues (the system was overloaded) I ended up paying $35 to race (not bad for a half marathon is you ask me!) and I have to agree with the name – it really was the Best Damn Race.

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Registration for the 2014 Best Damn Race opens May 1st and I’m happy to see they’re bringing back the rolling price structure.

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They’ve also promised the system can handle the thousand or so folks trying for that $1 half. 😉

To step up their game a little more, they’re offering free digital race photo downloads to everyone who registers in the first 24 hours.

I love a good gimmick and free digital downloads of the professional photos taken on course is the way to this blogger’s heart. Of course 95% of my race photos should probably never see the light of day, I’ll cross my fingers that this race I’ll get that lucky photo that’s actually worth keeping. Maybe.

What’s the best gimmick you’ve seen that encouraged you sign up for a race? A medal? Crazy course? The shirt? Price? Please share!

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