Sunday, April 15, 2012

Send Silence Packing

Tomorrow is Wesleyan's Send Silence Packing event.  SSP is an event sponsored by Active Minds, Inc. to raise awareness to the fact that 1,100 college students commit suicide in the US each year.  We want to break the silence and the stigma.

Our Active Minds chapter leader at Wes asked us to bake for the event, so I threw together some cookies.  I'm not super proud of them, but I was in a rush and working with what I had in my cupboards.

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies 
Recipe adapted from the back of a Reese's chips bag

1 cup all-purpose flour
heaping 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (softened)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
5oz peanut butter chips
6oz chopped bittersweet chocolate

First, coarsely chop the chocolate.  You don't want them to melt completely in the cookies, so they should be a fairly decent size.
Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.
Cream together butter and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla and beat again.
Slowly mix in the flour until smooth.  Do not over-mix.
Stir in chocolate chunks and peanut butter chips until combined.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 350°F for 8 minutes.  Cool for 2 minutes on pans on wire racks, then transfer cookies to racks to finish cooling.

And now for a lesson on pans.  Everyone raves over these awesome new non-stick things.  I personally hate them.  They make the cookies spread out too thinly and tend to burn the bottoms
I'll take the one on the left any day.
From old pan: lighter in color, rounder, and higher
From the new pan: flatter, darker, and burned on the bottom

If you're at Wes, check out the Send Silence Packing event behind Olin tomorrow!  These cookies will be there!

Love and cookies,

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