Today I am feeling totally out of sorts. The truth is I have been feeling sort of blue these days. Maybe it is pure coincidence but I have been hearing all kinds of deflating stories about mean people lately.
It seems that the same bullies we witnessed as kids in our elementary school classes rear their ugly heads again in a great many of our workplace settings today. The passive-aggressive comments, back-stabbing and cliques appear to be cropping up in my friends’ stories and my own life.
Life is so short and offers up so many uncontrollable and unforeseeable obstacles and heartbreaks – why must anyone go out of their way to make things worse for another person? The only consistent explanation I can come up with is that this bad behavior almost always comes from a place of deep insecurity.
I am certainly not perfect, but I am no bully. When I feel insecure but not quite ready to deal with my feelings – I EAT them! That’s right. I’m not saying that it’s a great coping mechanism but it is effective in extreme situations and far nicer than making someone else feel awful.
Getting home from work tonight I couldn’t even make it all the way into my pajamas. A silky sleep shirt and tights was the haphazard and incomplete look that reflected my mood perfectly. I decided to bake up a batch of cookies that I will bring to work tomorrow. Hopefully my crusty coworkers will benefit from my therapy of choice – cookies.
I had a bag of Reese’s Mini Pieces on hand and decided to mix them with chocolate chips and stuff them into GIGANTIC cookies. The kind so big and scrumptious that they make your mouth too full to say mean sh*t!
Here is the recipe I threw together for Reese’s Pieces Be Nice Chocolate Chip Cookies:
- 4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 package Reese’s Mini Pieces, or about 2 cups of regular Reese’s Pieces
- 1 package of chocolate chips, I used milk chocolate… and ate a bunch before they made their way into the dough…
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Mix flour, baking soda and baking powder together in a medium bowl and set aside.
Next, beat butter with sugars together. When this mixture looks light and creamy, add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
Add the flour combo in thirds and mix until flour disappears.
Dump the Reese’s and chocolate chips into the dough and work them in until they are evenly dispersed.
Use a quarter measuring cup to scoop uniform balls of dough onto a lined cookie sheet, leaving about two inches of space in between.
Bake for approximately 12 minutes and allow to cool on a wire rack … before taste testing at least one cookie from each tray that comes out of the oven:)
I made some smaller cookies by using a tablespoon to measure out a consistent size and baked them at the same temp for 9 minutes.