Sep 07 2012

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Explosively Good Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies. the Stir


Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies


1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed tightly

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1/2 Tbs. vanilla

1 3/4 cups flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, divided


Preheat the oven to 350 and spray the muffin cups in a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Place 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips into a plastic ziploc bag and seal the bag shut. Arrange the chocolate chips so that they're positioned in one layer within the bag. Laying the bag flat in the microwave, heat the chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Turn the bag over and heat for an additional 15-20 seconds or until the chips are completely melted. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, using a hand mixer, cream the butter and both sugars in a large bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Add in the flour, salt, and baking soda and mix until just combined. Fold in the remaining cup of chocolate chips.

Using half of the cookie dough, scoop 1 1/2-2 Tbs. of dough, flatten it into a small disk, and place it in the bottom of a muffin cup. (You should get 10 cookies out of the mix.) Cut a small tip off of the ziploc bag and squeeze a bit of the melted chocolate over the cookie. Scoop out another disk of cookie dough and cover the melted chocolate, forming a sandwich in each muffin cup.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are just brown and the top appears done. As soon as you remove the cookies from the oven, run a knife around the edges of the cookie to loosen. Allow to cool completely before serving.

When serving, you can also microwave the cookie for 15 seconds in order to remelt the middle of the cookie and warm it through.

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Sep 07 2012

Praying for Football?

So it's kind of a big deal, the start of football season!

You might love this time of year, because your team is just awesome, or you might hate it because your loved one turns into a crazy person and yells so loud at the TV that your neighbors can hear.

For me, it's about the story.

One story, you can't help but follow, is Peyton Manning.  The guy has already won a Super Bowl, but that’s not enough.  His little brother, Eli, has won 2.  I bet that’s fun at family celebrations.

You probably know the story.  Last year he was injured, had surgery, and got fired from the Colts.  This year, he’s trying for a comeback with the Broncos.

Some players might be praying for a big win Sunday, or to win the Super Bowl, but I imagine if Peyton is a praying kind of guy, if he hits his knees before a game, he’s praying, “God, I hope I don’t get hurt.”

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