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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

breathing & chocolate chip coconut cookies

Today, I feel I deserve cookies. As you all may have noticed, I have been rather absent on and off these past four or so months. At the end of last year, I applied to PhD programs in social psychology. January I waited and went to the big conference in my field. February I began to hear back from schools. I thought, "hey, wonderful! I'm going somewhere..." But I have honestly been going insane the past two months trying to decide with Ervy WHERE we will be spending the next 5-6 yrs of our lives.

Well, the wait is over. Today, I accepted University of Washington's offer of admission, and then, after sending all the appropriate emails and filling out several forms in triplicate, I made cookies. Because I DO deserve cookies.

You might notice the two vitamin C bottles on my kitchen counter. That's actually only 2 out of 3, the third is still packed in luggage from my last minute trip to Santa Barbara last weekend (I was visiting UCSB again with Evan). The last few months have seen the erv and me go from sick to sort of sickly, so we're stocked on the vitamin C.

Celebration Cookies
this is really just the chocolate chip cookie recipe off the toll house chocolate chip wrapper. I added 1/2 cup of coconut to half the dough for today's cookies and froze the dough without coconut for another day when I deserve cookies

2 1/4 C flour
3/4 C white Sugar
3/4 C light brown sugar
1 t vanilla extract
1 t baking soda
2 eggs
1 t salt
2 sticks butter
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried coconut flakes (the big kind)

Mix flour, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl and set aside.

In a mixer, beat butter with sugars and vanilla extract. Add eggs one at a time. Beat in dry ingredients slowly. Mix in chocolate chips (do not over beat, just stir them in). At this point I froze half my dough in a roll to make another day. I then mixed coconut into the remaining dough and used a medium cookie dough scoop to get them the same size. Bake at 375 F for 11 to 13 min. When you take them out, they'll still be quite soft. Let them rest for two minutes before you move them to a wire cooling rack.


StarKnits said...

sounds like you deserve the cookies! YUMMY thanks for the recipe!

Jemnifer said...

Congratulations on making your decision! And best of luck in grad school!

Abigail said...

Those look delicious!
Congrats and good luck in Seattle. :)

Delia said...

Congrats Lori! Washington is a great place!

CynCyn said...

looks like u and me both will be relocating in our never ending quest for higher education... congrats! i can certainly attest to how stressful the application process can be...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! I looked into grad schools there when my husband had an offer in Seattle. We ended up staying in the Bay Area, but we really liked Seattle and went house shopping there too! You will so be having an eating/cooking fest all the time with Pike Place.

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