Well, I made an attempt to make the cookies festive this week for St.Patrick’s Day! Kind of a feeble attempt… And then I couldn’t find the green chips anywhere. Or at least in the one place I looked (Target). I ended up subbing Andes chips so it worked out. But they’re considerably less green.
Chocolate Mint Oreo Cookies (via Two Peas & Their Pod)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups mint green chips
1 cup chopped Cool Mint Oreo cookies
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Set aside.
3. With a mixer, cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time. Next, add in vanilla extract. Mix until blended.
4. Slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture and mix until flour disappears. Stir in chocolate chips, mint green chips, and chopped Cool Mint Oreos. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
5. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are set around the edges, but still soft in the center. Don’t over bake. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 3-5 minutes. Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.
I’ll be honest. I like just plain Mint Oreos better, but Kevin loves these cookies. They’re full of goods – oreos chunks, chocolate chips, and Andes mints. However, I am excited that Maria @ Two Peas & Their Pod is coming out with an e-cookbook that’s all cookies Cookie Cravings. Her cookie recipes are my fave, and they’re usually pretty simple to whip up. Love that!
I made something else awesome the other day:
Kevin emailed me at the last second that he needed something for a work breakfast get together. I immediately thought of the fantastic flax muffins I made the other day, but someone else was already bringing muffins. So I went to granola! This was a recipe for Mocha Granola from How Sweet It Is. I made a mistake and baked the chocolate chips — I was supposed to sprinkle them after baking. But it still turned out great.
Can you spot little Boyd paws in the granola picture?
As long as we’re on a chocolatey theme…
I tried to be part of the Team Refuel today! Blog advertising works really well on me!!
Check out this info from an article titled “Kitchen Chemistry” on Runner‘sWorld:
Protects Your Muscles
THE NEWS: Researchers at the University of Connecticut had men run for 45 minutes and then drink 16 ounces of either fat-free chocolate milk or a carb recovery beverage with the same number of calories. Three hours later, the dairy drinkers had lower markers of muscle protein breakdown, suggesting the protein in milk provides a recovery advantage over carb-only beverages.
CONSUME IT: To speed recovery, have a glass of low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk after runs longer than 45 minutes.
I’ve definitely been guilty of the extremely procrastinated refuel, and this was definitely the case today as once again I was multi-tasking running & grocery shopping. Carrying a bag of flour home counted as my weight training for the day! I love inthe chocolate milk a little box, but I think the sugar content is, well, pretty high.
The athletes are convincing me. I have to say that I’ve always been skeptical of workout specific drinks. I never drink Gatorade and whatnot. Consuming chocolate milk is drinking your calories, but if you’re on a tight schedule and you’re not going to have a chance to eat for a few hours — it might be a good option. Here’s a somewhat skeptical article on the topic from USA Today: Chocolate milk makers now target grown-up athletes. I hadn’t realized there was pressure to pull chocolate milk from schools. I’d just add more P.E.!
Baking anything special for St.Patrick’s? I don’t know what else yet…
If you’re a runner/athlete/or just interested in nutrition, what’s your take on chocolate milk as a refuel option? Curious!