We have two winners today. One for our giveaway of Laure Latham’s (Frog Mom) fantastic new book : Best Hikes with Kids in the Bay Area and a cookie recipe I recently tried out and had tremendous success with. First the giveaway winner: Liz Farrell!
Liz happens to be a dear friend who has written guest posts for us in the past (Off The Grid at Fort Mason and Fort Mason Farmer’s Market) and I am delighted that she will now have her own copy of this book. For those of you who entered and did not win, thank you for taking the time to enter and supporting Laure and us. You may now just have to buy this wonderful book. 🙂
Laure, thank you for your generosity in participating in our first giveaway! You are truly remarkable and have totally inspired us to hit the trails more frequently with our kids. I cannot think of anything else I would have wanted as our first giveaway. Stacie and I love supporting local mom-dad-entrepreneurs, especially those with cool products like yours.
Our other winner – are the Devil’s Food Drop Cookies that I baked with Ria last week. I could have eaten all of them with a tall glass of cold milk, but we decided to send some to school for Ria’s teachers and also gave some away to neighbors and friends. With the holidays fast approaching, we are definitely thinking of cookies. If we happen to get invited to a cookie swap like the one we hosted at Seesaw last year, this will be the cookie we bake. I am hoping one of my friends will read this and decide to host to a kid-friendly cookie swap (and invite us).
Here are some cookies you can make from our blog, if you are considering hosting or are invited to a cookie swap before the holidays.
Compost Cookies (good way to use up some Halloween Candy)
Devil’s Food Drop Cookies from Better Homes and Gardens – Best Loved Cookies
Ria summed these cookies up best by telling her babysitter, “We baked the best cookies in the world today. When you bite into them, the inside is all melt-y and chocolate-y. Kind of amazing”. Clearly, she ate a few too many as they came out of the oven. 🙂 She did “joke” about how they looked like “poop patties” and I could not help but laugh even though it meant encouraging “potty talk”!
- 1 12 oz package (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate pieces (we used chocolate chips)
- 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup chopped pecans, almonds or cashews
- Preheat over to 350F. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside
- In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate, the unsweetened chocolate and butter. Cook and stir on low heat until melted. Remove from heat
- Add eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla and baking powder. Beat with a wooden spoon until combined. Stir in the remaining chocolate pieces and nuts
- Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on the greased cookie sheet. Bake from 12-14 minutes or until edges are firm and surfaces are dull and crackled
- Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack and let cool