S’mores Cookies?

This weekend I decided to do some baking to take a break from homework. (Going into college I knew I was going to have lots of homework, but I didn’t realize how much of that homework is just READING. I love to read SO MUCH… but not textbooks…) Anyways, I needed a break from mind numbing textbook garble, so my brother and I took to Pinterest and tried to baked S’mores cookies!

Just a heads up- Pinterest recipes can be disappointing. They always look so easy yet professionally made, but let me tell you that the majority of human beings are not capable of making something that perfect. This is what the recipe said the cookies would look like:

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Unfortunately, this is not what our end product looked like. I’m just going to share pictures of our process, but if you want to attempt this recipe yourself then go ahead and click here for the recipe.

First we started out with the standard steps for cookie dough: mixing dry ingredients together, then mixing wet ingredients together. Those were eventually combined to create cookie dough! YUM.

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Things started to get interesting with this step. We got out our s’mores ingredients…SmoresCookies-Ingredients

… and attempted to make a s’mores/cookie creation. This is the last step where things went according to the recipe. After this picture was taken, everything went downhill.
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As you can see, this is gigantic! I basically had to form walls with the cookie dough in order to completely cover the s’more…SmoresCookies-Assembly2

… and of course, I ran out of cookie dough. So the last cookie had a floor, ceiling, and two walls. (You know the recipe has turned out wrong when you start comparing it to a house…)
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Here is the finished product! These are massive cookies, first of all! It’s crazy they didn’t end up all over the bottom of the oven! Second of all, I think they look a little different from the example picture… What do you think? 🙂
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P.S.- In case you still thought this was a successful baking attempt just look at the little mishap we had. Poor chocolate chips:

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-Raveen
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Current Obsessions: Audio Edition

 Hello everyone and welcome back to another installment of this lovely blog! So I’ve been obsessed with a few things these past few weeks, and they all fall under the “audio” category which is a random coincidence. (By the way, obsessed IS the right word because once I like a song or something I won’t listen to anything else for weeks!)

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So the first thing I’m obsessed with is a podcast! This is not a new podcast, in fact it was recently named the number one downloaded podcast ever, so I’m a little late to this party. But anyways, it’s called Serial. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, whether you’ve actually listened to it or not.

If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a podcast looking back at a (real life!) murder case from 1999. A high school senior, Hae Min Lee, was allegedly killed in ’99 by her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, but he claimed he was innocent. Even to this day, after about 15 years in jail, he refuses to give up his innocence. So the podcast tries to answer the question, “If Adnan Syed didn’t kill Hae Min Lee, then who did?”

I don’t want to give too much away, so instead I will say that this podcast really makes you think. I’ve finished episodes convinced of one thing, but after listening to the next I’ll question everything all over again! IT IS VERY ADDICTING.

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The next item on my list is an album called Badlands by Halsey. I first heard Halsey’s song “New Americana” on the radio a while ago. I loved that song, but I never really looked into her other songs. Recently I asked one of my friends for a good music recommendation and her response was “Halsey!” So I downloaded her only (*sob*) album on Spotify, and I haven’t been able to listen to anything else since! (BTW, I’m listening to it right now… :))

Her music is described as “indie” and that definitely falls into what type of music I listen to. (I love alternative music too like Imagine Dragons, Lorde, and Twenty One Pilots.) I just have to warn you that her music isn’t for everyone. She does swear in a few of her songs and she references religion multiple times, so if that is not for you then try the other three artists I listed.

The last item on my list is a little more complicated. So my dad got a record player for his birthday a few months ago and I recently started using it. We haven’t bought any new records, so I’ve just been playing ones from my parents collection… pretty old stuff (I love you mom!) like the “Grease” soundtrack, The Police, and Madonna.

I do like listening to the records, but for some reason I like watching them better. The whole concept of a record baffles me. I still don’t understand how a piece of plastic with some grooves in it makes music play! Anyway, I know it sounds weird, but I think I’m more obsessed with watching the record play than actually listening to it, as shown in the video I took. (The song playing is “Walking in Your Footsteps” by the Police. I love the opening of this song!)

That’s it for today’s post! Let me know what kind of stuff you’re listening to right now, I’m always open to new recommendations!

-Raveen