powder cookie dough

Ooey Gooey Cookie Bars

Chopped Tumblr: Round Three, Dessert

The 4 Ingredients: oats, espresso powder, pecans, sweetened condensed milk

I’m not good at food photography. Whatever. These were SO GOOD. Rich, chewy, addictive. And they made my kitchen smell like heaven.

Take your favorite cookie recipe (butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, egg, salt, baking soda, flour, chocolate chunks) and add oats, pecans, and espresso powder. Layer half the cookie dough, the sweetened condensed milk, then the remaining dough. Bake until golden brown.

Oh! Don’t forget to brown the butter before making the dough. It’s worth the extra work. They seriously smelled and tasted so good I made bad life choices given the state of my stomach. Wish me luck..


Bento Challenge Week 10: Guilty Pleasures

So ever since I joked about buying White Castle for my bento, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. I’ve been pretty good about eating less red meat and fried crunchy stuff lately, but if the theme of the week is guilty pleasures, who am I to argue, right? I had to get up at 5:30 am today, I won’t get home until around 10:00 pm tonight, and I have another 5:30 wake-up tomorrow, but I had a long break in the middle of the day, so I saddled up my bike and headed up. I mean, heck, I’ve biked over 8 miles today and I probably won’t have time for dinner. A huge greasy lunch once in a while won’t kill me, right?

So Shake Shack is great, because not only are they relatively responsible when it comes to sourcing their meat, but their burgers are freaking AMAZING. I got their cheeseburger with crispy shallots and bacon, their Chicago dog with relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport peppers, celery salt, and mustard, and a cup of chocolate custard with marshmallow sauce, malt powder, chocolate truffle cookie dough and cocoa nibs. Oh, and cheese fries, though by the time I got through all the rest of it I was only able to eat three or four of ‘em before quitting.

So maybe it’s ultimately cheating to order lunch and then just shove it in a bento, but lord, it was so damn good. I REGRET NOTHING.