Trail Mix Cookies | Peace Out, Bro
August 30, 2018
Yes yes, I know it isn't July yet, and I havn't released next month's concept. But I really just couldn't wait to share this bake with everyone. These guys so simple and for me, scream comfort.
For the sake of categorization, I'm calling this a transition post for next month's concept to give y'all a taste of what's to come. Super secretive, I know ;)
Sit Back and...Stress?
This semester has just begun, and it's already feeling hectic. Not only is the weather far from comfortable, there's just a lot going on. Honestly, it's all on me because I decided to load myself with classes and extracurriculars to make up for the immense free time I had in my freshman year. Oh well, it is what it is. Despite all this, I've got to say life is pretty good.
I'm always looking for ways to loosen myself up. For ways to really sit back and relax. Yet, when I look at all the things I do that make me feel more in tune with myself, I realize that they are all things that stress me out in the moment.
There is a stigma around the concept of relaxation that I'm not a too comfortable with. To most people, relaxation seems to be about doing something that is associated with a certain vibe: calm, serene, peaceful..etc. However, from my personal experience, that is certainly not the case.
As I've mentioned before, I love to workout. A lot. And essentially, working out is simply a series of stressors being forced onto the physical body. It's no secret that physical activity is beneficial to the human body, but as with anything, it's impossible to truly reap the benefits (in this case, post-workout relaxation euphoria) without putting in effort. You give some, you get some.
Relaxation and comfort aren't always things that are handed to you on a silver platter, and this applies to a broad range of everyday activities. For me, I can relate this notion directly to my favorite relaxation activity: baking. You may be thinking, "Bradley! I thought you loved baking. How can it stress you out?!". Well, let me tell you that sometimes it does. Especially when I have my posts planned and content written, but the bake doesn't go well.
I used to stress so much over failed bakes and shakes. However, time, experience, and most importantly patience has taught me that these failures are simply stepping stones. In fact, I have learnt to derive some form of relaxation from failed bakes knowing that I will achieve even greater satisfaction when I do succeed. It's all in the perception.
The first thing I thing I think of when I want a quick snack is a bag of SkinnyPop. Kind of basic, I know, but I absolutely love to snack. And considering how health-conscious I am, a small bag of popcorn is a perfect snack option. Oh, but don't worry, these are made with the good buttery stuff.
I wanted to create something that was both delicious, enjoyable, and easy to make to help people realize how relaxing baking can be. This recipe is adapted from the New York Times chocolate chip cookie recipe, which is an all-time classic. The add-ins are simply my little twist on the already decadent morsels, and I've got to be honest, now they really scream comfort.
Now what are you waiting for? Go relax and bake some cookies!
Ingredients (makes about 9 cookies)
115g of butter
85g of granulated white sugar
115g of lightly packed brown sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
3/4 tsp. of vanilla extract
180g of all purpose flour
1 tsp. of baking powder
3/4 tsp. of baking soda
1 tsp. of salt
1 cup of salted popcorn, slightly crushed
1/2 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup of mini marshmallows
Trail Mix Cookies
Cream the butter and sugars until pale, light, and fluffy.
Mix in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract until just combined. Do not overmix.
Sift in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until just combined. Fold in the remaining add-in ingredients.
Cover the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Once rested, use an ice cream scoop or your hands to form balls of cookie dough, placing them on a parchment lined baking sheet approximately an inch apart from each other.
Break each cookie in half and mash them together to form an irregular shape. Press additional topping onto each mound of cookie dough.
Bake in a preheated 175C/350F oven for approximately 16-18 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through.