A Promise is a Promise

I did promise to send some birthday treats to British Columbia

and so

favorite cookies were baked…

favorite brownies, too (no nuts this time, mom)

all tightly packed

and sealed

with TLC and express delivery

but…

the packages were “mysteriously redirected”

and would be

a day or so late

Well…at least I kept my side of the deal!

Not sure about

UPS though:(

Here’s a peek at what was sent ↓
 (maybe the delivery team at UPS ate them?)

On a more positive note…

I demanded a refund for shipping costs

and got it

These are super easy to make

and always turn out…

so I will add them to my “Nom Nom” page for teenagers…

Don’t Mess with Me Brownies, Grrr

Don't Mess with me Brownies

51

30 minutes

Don

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened

2 cups sugar

4 eggs, slightly beaten

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Butter a 9×13” glass baking pan.

In a medium-sized bowl, blend together flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a large saucepan, melt butter. Remove from heat, then stir in cocoa powder until blended. Stir in sugar. Then stir in 4 eggs until thoroughly blended. Do not over mix. Add vanilla and mix again.

Blend in dry ingredients and nuts if using.

Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Smooth top.

Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool and cut into squares.

http://justasmidgen.com/2011/11/01/a-promise-is-a-promise/


After a great deal of experimentation, I’ve worked out the recipe that delivers the kind of chocolate chip cookie my best friend’s mom used to make after school (thank you Kim and Mrs. Haas!). This was my kids’ favorite cookie on Sunday evenings. That’s when they finally sat at the kitchen counter buried under piles of books while frantically trying to complete homework assignments that had been put off all weekend.

This cookie is fluffy, somewhat cake-like in texture and very soft. (Unless you freeze them and sneak when frozen, in which case they have a satisfying little chocolaty snap when you bite into them.)

Sunday Night Schoolwork Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sun

51

8 minutes

Sun

Ingredients

1 cup margarine**

1-1/2 cups brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

1-1/2 tsp vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

350 g chocolate chip cookies

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F.
If making by hand

In a large bowl, cream margarine and brown sugar together until smooth. Beat in 2 eggs.

In a medium bowl blend together flour, baking soda and salt.

Add dry ingredients to the creamed sugar mixture. Blend only until thoroughly mixed.

If using an electric mixer

Blend butter and brown sugar only until blended. Do NOT overwhip, or the cookies will rise then collapse and not hold their shape.

Stop the mixer, measure in flour, then soda then salt and beat again on low, just until blended.

Then stir in two cups (or more:) of chocolate chip cookies.

Using two spoons, drop by spoonful onto silpat lined or ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on the temperature of your oven. Check at 8 minutes then add time as needed until cookies are lightly browned and easily lift off the cookie sheet with a spatula.

**If your goal is to make flat, chewy cookies, by all means use real butter… the cookies will spread.

http://justasmidgen.com/2011/11/01/a-promise-is-a-promise/

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 F.

If making by hand:
In a large bowl, cream margarine and brown sugar together until smooth. Beat in 2 eggs.

In a medium bowl blend together flour, baking soda and salt.

Add dry ingredients to the creamed sugar mixture. Blend only until thoroughly mixed.

If using an electric mixer:
Blend butter and brown sugar only until blended. Do NOT overwhip, or the cookies will rise then collapse and not hold their shape.

Stop the mixer, measure in flour, then soda then salt and beat again on low, just until blended.

Then:

Stir in two cups (or more:) of chocolate chip cookies.

Using two spoons, drop by spoonful onto silpat lined or ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on the temperature of your oven. Check at 8 minutes then add time as needed until cookies are lightly browned and easily lift off the cookie sheet with a spatula.
**If your goal is to make flat, chewy cookies, by all means use real butter… the cookies will spread and look just like this:

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

 

About the author

Barbara BamberBarbara Bamber loves life on the Canadian Prairies. She is a wife and mother of two and an ardent Calgary based lifestyle blogger. She hopes to inspire others with her love for for all things creative by sharing an extensive number of delightful recipes, poetry, DIY, crafts, decor projects, photography tips and so much more.

  • Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - November 1, 2011 - 7:44 pm

    Drats, I don’t normally have margarine. Maybe this is why some call for half butter half crisco. Anyway, these look wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • ChgoJohn - November 1, 2011 - 7:51 pm

    Great pair of recipes! Just how do I get on your mailing list? ;) ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - November 1, 2011 - 8:37 pm

      Well… that would be cool, eh? I think I’d have to find a cheaper way to mail though… and more reliable:)ReplyCancel

  • Kristy - November 1, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    I love the powdered sugar heart on the top! So cute!ReplyCancel

  • theonlycin - November 1, 2011 - 9:48 pm

    What lovely treats, such a shame the shipping company ‘lost’ them … I bet they did eat them!ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - November 2, 2011 - 10:30 am

      Hahaha, I’ll let you know, he’s supposed to text when they arrive!ReplyCancel

  • Kay aka Babygirl - November 1, 2011 - 10:10 pm

    This post has sent me into chocolate heaven. You know I absolutely love chocolate and the brownies and cookies look so delicious. I have to save these recipes..ReplyCancel

  • rutheh - November 1, 2011 - 11:50 pm

    Wonderful series of photos. Glad you got your money back but where did they go?ReplyCancel

  • Misk Cooks - November 2, 2011 - 1:38 am

    Your photography always does credit to your recipes. Beautifully done.ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - November 2, 2011 - 6:04 am

      Thank you! I’m not sure if it’s the baking or photography I love more..ReplyCancel

  • glutenfreezen - November 2, 2011 - 5:42 am

    Love chocolate in all forms! Your brownies are adorable with the powdered sugar heart and the chocolate chip cookies look perfect. Great…it’s 5:42 am and I’m already craving cookies! :) ReplyCancel

  • mmarnall - November 2, 2011 - 6:07 am

    I’m going to have to try these brownies…maybe this weekend. They look delicious :) ReplyCancel

  • thecompletecookbook - November 2, 2011 - 6:26 am

    How rude of UPS! that must have been so frustrating, even though you got your money back, it doesn’t quite make up for it. Super recipes!
    Have a fantastic day.
    :-) MandyReplyCancel

  • Courtney - November 2, 2011 - 7:10 am

    These both look mouth-watering. And how much do I love that you went after UPS! My kinda gal!ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - November 2, 2011 - 10:30 am

      I’m more assertive these days, espec if I think something isn’t “right”…ReplyCancel

  • The Southern Lady - November 2, 2011 - 7:31 am

    I am a chocoholic and love anything with chocolate. The brownies and the cookies look great. I could eat some of both right now!ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - November 2, 2011 - 10:31 am

      I wish you were here to eat some:) What blogging conversations we could have…ReplyCancel

  • Wine And Food Musings - November 2, 2011 - 7:53 am

    Great! Now I want chocolate chip cookies and brownies! You are certainly evil and I must try both of these! :-) ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - November 2, 2011 - 10:31 am

      Lol, that’s a first for me, kind of fun being called “evil” for a change… Do try, you’ll love ‘em:)ReplyCancel

  • liztesar - November 2, 2011 - 8:03 am

    These look awesome! Now I’m hungry!ReplyCancel

  • 129twigandvine - November 2, 2011 - 8:38 am

    I love a big fat cookie! Will have to buy some margarine….ReplyCancel

  • spree - November 2, 2011 - 8:53 am

    I’m thinking some UPS driver’s sense of smell serves him well, and often! Bet his khaki shorts are fitting a little snugge these days, serves him right! : ) I too love the powdery hearts. Can I borrow?ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - November 2, 2011 - 10:33 am

      You’re hilarious… I can just imagine those khaki short!!! You can always borrow…ReplyCancel

  • spree - November 2, 2011 - 8:55 am

    I’m thinking some UPS driver’s sense of smell serves him well, and often! Bet his khaki shorts are fitting a little snugger these days, serves him right! : ) I too love the powdery hearts. Can I borrow?ReplyCancel

  • Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial - November 2, 2011 - 1:14 pm

    Your mom is right, brownies are better without nuts. :) ReplyCancel

  • cityhippyfarmgirl - November 2, 2011 - 2:16 pm

    Now does UPS deliver to Australia? That’s the kind of package I love :-) ReplyCancel

  • niasunset - November 3, 2011 - 1:02 am

    Seems so romantic and so beautiful and yes, so delicious! It should be smell so nice too and ah, I can imagine how unbearable for UPS people… Thank you dear Barbara, with my love, niaReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - November 5, 2011 - 5:53 pm

      Thanks Nia… they made it, 3 days late. But the boys phoned me to say thanks and that it still tasted great, so it was worth the effort!ReplyCancel

  • angelmcc - November 19, 2011 - 8:23 pm

    These are way too cute! I want to make everything I see on this site – now!ReplyCancel

  • Mama's Gotta Bake - November 22, 2011 - 10:37 am

    Brownies are my obsession! I will give these a try!ReplyCancel

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  • 129twigandvine - December 10, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    Today I bought margarine. It’s been awhile! Making these cookies this week, at last.ReplyCancel

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