Friday, October 28, 2011

one very productive day

Zach and I had a very productive day. In addition to painting the bedroom (yes, we're finally getting rid of that red wall and settling on a color we can both agree on!), Zach cut new blocks and printed some cards ...

"four seasons"
new set of cards for Artists' Own this coming holiday season. Also available on Etsy.

and I baked us some chocolate chip walnut cookies to satisfy a craving we've both had for weeks.

It always amazes me how much feedback we get on Facebook for the creations we whip up in the kitchen (vs. the studio). We promised Facebook friends we'd post the recipe on our blog. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to direct them here since we have grand plans to grow this blog together. I'll be the occasional photo blogger and "lifestyle" contributor (haha!), and Zach will use this as a space to (amongst a myriad of other topics) talk about the things he's working on and the experiences that inspire his work ...

So without further ado, here's the recipe for that delicious crisp on the edges, chewy in the middle chocolate chip walnut cookie ...

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips/toffee bits
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto baking pan (if you like crispier cookies, flatten the dough some, otherwise just leave them in doughy balls).
Bake for about 12-15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

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