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Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I was a little girl, so many of my favorite memories involved baking with my family. Parents, grandparents, siblings, and cousins, anyone and everyone. One of my favorite things to bake was (and still is!) chocolate chip cookies using my dad's famous recipe. This recipe seriously makes the most heavenly cookies in the world. 

Sometimes I will add variations like coconut, walnuts, or toffee bits. Around the holidays I will swap the vanilla for peppermint extract and add in chopped Andes mint chocolate bits in place of half of the amount of chocolate chips. I know it sounds really odd, but they are amazing! 

Peanut Butter Cups

This is a Friday night that just couldn't come fast enough. After a crazy long week chalk full of difficult assignments, all I want to do right now is curl up on my couch in some yoga pants, drink some tea, and watch last night's season finale of Suits. (No worries, it's coming back over the summer, but I don't know if I can wait that long to get another dose of Harvey Specter). Spring Break is 14 days away, but before I get to relax, I have three midterms and a few papers due. In order to cope with all the work I am going to have to do this weekend, I want chocolate. And peanut butter.

If you're like me, then you love that salty sweet combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Saying no to a Reese's peanut butter cup is insanely difficult. However, it's freezing and windy outside and I am not up for a trip downstairs to the bodega to pick up a Reese's. Also, I'm too lazy to walk down and up four flights of stairs in my five floor walk-up. So I decided to make my own. Really, it's not a good thing that these are the easiest thing to make in the world (besides toast), because I am going to be making them all the time and that's really not a good thing when swimsuit season is fast approaching.

This recipe can also be made with almond butter, or for a super chocolatey experience, nutella.