In my world, dating comes with cookies.
Let me specify.
“Can I take you out to dinner?” comes with cookies.
“You want to hang out sometime?” no cookies for you.
You know why? Any fellow left in this day and age with the stones to legitimately ask a girl out on a for-real, grown-up date is worth baking these cookies for. This fellow not only has the courage to ask that petrifying question, but he’s one who picks you up and actually walks you back to your door, has a solid handshake when he meets you for the first time, come to that, he still shakes hands when meeting people.
(For credentials sake : My dates have been made cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. They were all truly quality fellows.)
Moral of the story: if you ask a lady out on that actual date, she’s going to be really hard pressed to say no.
Down to business…
Dateable Rocky Road Cookies
(adapted from A Cozy Kitchen)
makes about 18 cookies
1/2 cup cake flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 ounces milk chocolate – I used one bar Ghirardelli
(2 oz chopped into 1/4 inch chunks, 2 oz chopped into 1/8 inch chunks)
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen or refrigerated
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup small marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Italicized ingredients/measurements are those differing from the original recipe
1. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together.
2. In a separate medium microwavable bowl, melt butter and 1/4 inch chunks of chocolate together in microwave. Melt 30 seconds, stir, 30 seconds, stir again. Continue until chocolate has melted down to very small bits. Just continue stirring until completely smooth. (It’s better to not melt this enough than burn it…your home will reek for days if you burn chocolate)
3. Add sugar, egg, and vanilla extract to chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. It may look and smell like grainy carmel.
4. Add 1/2 flour mixture, whisk until combined. Add the other 1/2 and mix well again. You may need to switch to a spoon or spatula if the whisk becomes too clogged.
4. Fold in marshmallows, pecans, and 1/8 inch chocolate bits.
5. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill for one hour. Have a beer and hang out.
6. Scoop 1 1/2 inch sized balls onto greased cookie sheet, two inches apart, and put in refrigerator again to chill for fifteen minutes while oven preheats.
6. Bake 12-14 minutes at 350 F. The tops of cookies should be dry and slightly cracked. Carefully remove from cookie sheet almost immediately after taking out of oven, and let cool.
7. Take to aforementioned boy.
Come back on Wednesday to see what I have planned for February!