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my friends’ interests always have a way to creeping into mine. i suppose this is something that is natural.

(once in a while i feel an emerging interest in weapon-themed merch!)

(as days pass i feel more and more inclined towards saving people from the discriminating and hateful)

(i want to be dark and cuddly at the same time !)

(…i enjoy the occasional story about britanna, and i really really wanna discover what adventure time is all about)

i’m not totally sure what amusing quirks I possess, but my friends are aware of my habit of making and eating sweets. sometimes i try to make baking THEIR OBSESSION… most of the time it doesn’t work, but my attempts result in hoot-ful fun days, regardless.

this holiday we made the decision to be charitable a tiny bit late, for all the volunteer spots seemed to be filled. however! we did discover that donations for baked goods were gladly being accepted for the many charitable events at yonge street mission. and so we baked.

pooling together some of my favourite ingredients, –albeit i have quite a few– we made some chocolate candy cane cookies (delicious! i love chocolate and peppermint :) and cookies and cream fudge (condensed milk + white chocolate + oreos = sweeet, in all of its definitions).

bellyfulla samplings from our labours of love, i hopped off with one of my baking buddies to drop off our donation.

conclusion of the day: i love love in all of its forms.

happy christmas/hanukah/kwanzaa/holidays and etc ;D

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how do you make a cookie healthier?

i say keep the sugar, and the chocolate chips, and the butter/margarine; just throw in handfuls of oats, wheat bran, and whole grain flour (…flax seeds, some shredded carrots, granola…), and—behold—healthy cookie!

…usually, looking at such images of whole grain flour and oats and wheat bran knowing that they were going to be baked with cookies would make my mouth scrunch up disapprovingly and immediately make me think of my sister squeaking at me to Stop making sugar!

but not this time, because once i measure out these healthy fluff stuff and dump them into my white chocolate chunk cookie batter, i realize–i’m making ‘healthy’ cookies, which means i’m baking some sweet stuff my sister can’t yell at me about (for she’s taken the initiative of trying to make our family eat better, which automatically means less sugar—whattheheck?)! or at least, she won’t yell at me too much, because at least i’m putting an effort into baking with a health-conscious mind [*insert sly wink here*].

these cookies are really, really good. mind you, they’re quite sweet, but when they’re loaded with mouth-watering chunks of white chocolate AND enough healthy fluff for you to be able to shrug off any guilt, who can say no? not to mention those added oats and wheat bran add a nice, almost chewy texture. yumyumyum/nomnomnom.

and when you have these cookies with a glass of milk? well look at that, your daily intake of calcium! it’s only up from here, serrriously.

recipe: better-for-you white chocolate chunk cookies
makes 12 cookies

ingredients
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whole grain flour
1/3 cup wheat bran
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
7 tbsp butter/margarine
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
30g (essentially half of 1/4 cup) granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup white chocolate chunks
1/2 cup oats

procedures
preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit; line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or lightly grease)

in a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, bran, salt, and baking soda. set aside.

in a large bowl, beat the butter/margarine and sugars until light and fluffy. add the vanilla and egg and beat until incorporated. add the flour mixture and beat until just smooth. using a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate chunks and oats.

shape the dough into 12 balls, each about 2 tablespoons (i used a ice cream scoop, which my sister gave to me for christmas !) and place them about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. bake in preheated oven until the cookies are golden brown, the edges are set and the centers are still a little soft, about 16-18 minutes. cool cookies and then devour them! with a glass of milk for calcium !