Angel Baby and Flossy are all-star cheerleaders. I’m not talking the pompom and megaphone variety of cheerleading, I’m talking stunt throwing, backhand-springing beasts in skirts. They train hours and hours each week, get private lessons on weekends and we compete weekend after weekend this time of the year. It’s expensive but we believe strongly in team sports and, well, they’re really good at it. And they L O V E it. To offset the cost, I fundraise like a rattlesnake chucking, backwater revival preacher. And I don’t mind the fundraising because all the money I earn goes directly to their expenses, not to the gym, team, etc. It comes off my bottom line at the end of the month.
Brutus plays baseball. He’s just started his second season and I’m still getting used to wearing my baseball mom hat. Husband comes home from practice the other day with a box of sixty chocolate bars and tells me we have to sell them. I told him not to even open the box, that there’s no way in hell I can sell sixty chocolate bars this time of year and I’m not really interested in busting my butt to do so since I've already paid for Brutus to play this season.
Husband comes home from practice a few days later and tells me we HAVE to sell them because they won’t take them back. That whether we sell them or not, we owe $60 for them.
Next thing I know, the box is open and little Rivers onions are munching on chocolate bars every time I turn around.
So yesterday I decided to put the chocolate bars to good use and make some cookies. I wanted something a little different from my all-time favorite cookie recipe in the history of EVER so I amended it slightly, looking for a chewier version with shaved chocolate throughout.
Sixty Dollar Chocolate Chunk Cookies
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 1.65-oz. milk chocolate bars
4 1.65-oz. dark chocolate with almond bars
Combine brown sugar, sugar, butter, egg and vanilla in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or large mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until well blended.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and stir to combine. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and continue mixing until all ingredients are incorporated.
Chop half of the chocolate bars into fine pieces and shavings. Chop the other half into large chunks.
Add all chocolate to cookie batter and stir to combine.
Using a tablespoon, drop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until bottom edges start to brown.
*Substitute equal amounts of whatever chocolate bars or morsels you can find if needed. Oddly enough, not everyone has sixty dollars worth of assorted chocolate bars on hand!