October 21, 2008

Cookies and Milk.

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I don't bake very often. When I do, it doesn't always turn out great. But here's something that might warm you up, as the weather has turned suddenly cold.

Dark Chocolate Cookies

3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted
Coarse finishing salt

Preheat oven to 375. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and chili powder in a medium bowl.

In another bowl, beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, then beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stream in melted chocolate and mix until incorporated.

Drop level tablespoons of dough about 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle a few grains of finishing salt on the top of each cookie and bake in batches in middle of oven until puffed and set, about 8 minutes.

Let cool and then enjoy warm, with a glass of cold milk.

Adapted from Gourmet Magazine, February 2003/Epicurious.com

Now let's talk about milk. I don't love drinking it plain. But with warm cookies, I could be convinced.

Some facts about milk from the California Milk Processor Board:

Milk is not only good for your hair, but also for your skin, nails, and teeth. It can even reduce symptoms of PMS, help you sleep, and rebuild muscle tissue.

Hmmm. That sounds like some good side effects of drinking milk.

Also from the California Milk Processor Board. A lovely video.

Hey You! Drink Milk. And Eat Cookies.