Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lazy Cookies & Drunken Bread

So lazy, they droop off the plate. Or perhaps it's just me who's lazy. ;-) I wanted to make cookies, but didn't want to pull out the mixer. So, something I could stir up with a fork was perfect. They turned out very chocolaty and fudgy, and you can't tell that the base is sugar-free, but that is, of course, optional.

Cake Mix Cookies, from

1 (18.25 ounce) package (sugar-free) chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp instant coffee granules
1 cup dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cake mix, butter, oil, vanilla, coffee and eggs until smooth and well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

With the lazy cookies, I also made drunken bread to carry on the slothful theme. (Or just because I LOVE bread, and this recipe is absurdly easy and completely scrumptious.)

Beer Bread, From Rebecca Crump (

Makes 1 loaf
• 3 cups whole wheat flour
• 3 tablespoons sugar
• 1 scant tablespoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
• ¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-x-5-x-3-inch loaf pan.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
3. Using a wooden spoon, stir the beer into the dry ingredients until just mixed.
4. Pour half the melted butter into the loaf pan. Then gently spoon the batter into the pan, and pour the rest of the butter on top of the batter.

Little Man played on his activity mat most of the time I baked, and only got fussy at the very last. Scooping out cookie dough one-handed, etc. is much more challenging while holding a baby, but indeed, do-able. (As is typing this entry one-handed.) Motherhood makes one ambidextrous.
Indy reclines with his elephant. Being lazy is cool.

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