Sunday, April 8, 2012

Senior Survival

Wesleyan senior theses and essays are due this Thursday.  That means there a lot of stressed-out and unhappy seniors this weekend.  Those that are pretty much done are just nit-picking and putting their final edits in.  Those that aren't that lucky are spending every waking hour in the library (and a good portion of their sleeping hours too).  Stacy and I aren't writing theses, so we decided to bake some cookies to cheer up our friends that are.

Stacy adapted this recipe by subbing in coconut and almonds for the espresso to make Almond Joy Shortbread Cookies.
Almond Joy Shortbread Cookies

I sort of made up my own, adapting the basic recipe on the back of a Toll House bag:

Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
10oz white chocolate chips
8oz dried cherries

Whisk together dry ingredients
Cream together butter and sugars until smooth, add egg and beat until combined.
Slowly mix in flour until combined.  Stir in white chocolate chips and cherries.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake at 375°F for 8 minutes. 
Cool for 3 minutes on pan, then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.
The finished product

After they cooled, Stacy and I boxed up the cookies and put motivational post-its on them.  Then I hand-delivered them to a few stressed-out friends.  I think they made them happy.

For some additional stress-relief, I am holding a free Zumba® class for thesis writers today.  Hopefully they can shake off some of their stress, and maybe some of the cookies!  Haha.

Good luck all you thesis and essay writers out there!  It's almost over, you're going to make it!

Love and cookies,

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