BAKING DATE: CHOCOLATE ROLO COOKIES + OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHERRY COOKIES + INDY ACTS OF KINDNESS

I have a friend that is a rockstar in all areas of her life, professionally and personally. We have followed similar career paths, have a shared love of stationary, both IU grads and holocaust history nerds, both worked in the Statehouse in some way, can recite the menu at Patachou, and can spot a Kate Spade bow from a mile away. She is me, but ten years further along in life. I consider her an amazing mentor and was lucky enough to spend the day with her and her two adorable kids baking cookies.

We made two kinds of cookies, chocolate Rolo surprise cookies and oatmeal chocolate cherry cookies. I had also made sugar cookie dough early this morning since the dough needs to be chilled and then true to form, I left the dough at home. All was not lost and the pink sprinkles still found their way to a very special oatmeal cookie. I had never made this recipe for oatmeal cookies, but I had two bags of dried cherries from Trader Joe’s and I love any kind of oatmeal cookie (especially if chocolate is involved). My sous chef taught me the ‘Benny technique’ today for scooping out cookie dough. Forget the ice cream scoop! Put each hand in a sandwich size bag and go for it. Pretty genius if you ask me.

The chocolate Rolo cookies that my friend made were incredible. How I have not made these before is a mystery to me! The Rolo candies are hidden inside the balls of chocolate dough and then rolled in sugar before baking. They turned out perfectly and they will continue to bake on the cookie sheet once you remove them from the oven. They were also good even a little more done – it reminded me of the outer edge of the brownie pan. The caramel in the middle is the perfect gooey surprise. Our little helper was a pro at unwrapping the Rolos for the cookies.

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The amazing mother and daughter aprons that were passed down by generation – nearly 70 years of history and great baking memories.

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CHOCOLATE ROLO COOKIES

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 48 Rolos
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda together in a small bowl.

Beat one cup of sugar, brown sugar, and butter together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and eggs; beat well. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture; mix well.

Lightly flour hands. Shape about one tablespoon dough around one Rolo, covering it completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

Place 2 tablespoons white sugar in a small bowl. Press one side of each ball into sugar. Place balls, sugar sides up, onto a baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake in the preheated oven until cookie is set and slightly cracked, 7 to 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet.

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The most important step: adding pink sprinkles

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OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHERRY COOKIES

Recipe via Bake or Break

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • a bag of chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease or line baking sheets.

Beat butter and brown sugar together until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gradually add to the butter mixture just until combined. Stir in oats, cherries, and chocolate.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto lined baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, or until bottom edges are lightly browned. Cool on pans for a few minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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FANCY fruit!

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INDY ACTS OF KINDNESS

I found Indy Acts of Kindness on Instagram and loved the concept: spread love throughout Indy! November’s challenge was to write letters and place them all over the city. Encouraging words, a friendly hello, a poem, even inspiring quotes. As someone that loves to write letters, I could not wait to spread the word and leave my own letters of support in my favorite places downtown.

Check out their website and instagram feed for more information. November might be over, but I am continuing to leave a few letters here and there.

XO

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