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Cookies, Soccer, and…Torts? Awesome.

2011 March 6
by Dylan

So, first of all, how about this new blog? I’m still working on the visual aspects of everything right now, but I think I’m off to a damn good start! Expect many changes in the coming weeks.

Sundays are always bittersweet–it’s a day off, but that awful sense of foreboding is always present. Alas, tomorrow is Monday, and that means that it’s back to school (or work) for almost all of us. For the past few weeks I’ve been on a quest to find the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe. I’ve been experimenting like wild–cranberries, walnuts, oatmeal…pretty much everything but the kitchen sink (perhaps I’ll try those kind of cookies next). Today, though, I had a bit of a different idea: why not coffee? God knows I drink it obsessively, and the taste is generally a perfect complement to chocolate. I mixed a bunch of ingredients up in my stand mixer, threw in a few tablespoons of crappy instant coffee (way better for cooking), put it in the oven and hoped for the best.

Meanwhile, while that was baking, I was doing some serious multitasking. As one of approximately 23 soccer fans in the United States, my Tottenham Hotspur were playing the Wolves of Wolverhampton (yes, they’re quite original). It was the kind of game Americans would love–high scoring, fast-paced, and had an unfortunately wild finish…a draw. I would like to thank the refs, however, for negating a goal that would’ve given them the win. The Wolves are second-to-last in the Premier League, so this was the equivalent of the Knicks (my NBA team) losing to the Cavs…except it wasn’t a loss. Regardless, it sucked. (more + recipe after the break!)

So, along with watching soccer and doing some serious baking, I was also reading for my Torts class tomorrow. The topic? Defamation. You know–libel, slander, that kind of wildly exciting stuff. The big case in the reading was Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Co., a fun one about a high school wrestling team whose fans and team attacked the visiting squad. The coach (Milkovich) for the home team incited the brawl, lied about it in court, was acquitted, then sued a local newspaper for calling him a liar. He lost the case (love those First Amendment rights!). Rehnquist noted that you can’t win a defamation (libel) claim for an opinion.

Oh, so anyways, the cookies! They came out slightly chewy with a really nice, crunchy outer ring. My theory was right on–the coffee went perfectly with the chocolate! They were delicious, and may be the best cookies I’ve ever made, bar none!

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, soft
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F
  2. Using a stand mixer, beat butter with sugar. Add egg until it’s well-blended. Add vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder and instant coffee.
  4. Add flour mixture and mix just enough to have a batter.
  5. Add chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon onto foil-lined cookie sheets and bake for approximately ten minutes.
  7. Prepare yourself to gain an inordinate amount of weight.


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  1. Sue Smith permalink
    March 6, 2011

    Dylan,

    I love the blog!! You are multi-talented and a very clever writer! You always make me laugh…

    I’ll look forward to the next entry!

    Mrs. Smith

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