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Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Nothing says love and comfort more than a big, warm Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

And since I’ve been wanting to share this simply great recipe with you for a while, now seems to be that perfect time. Because if you’re reeling from the effects of the nasty cold and flu season like my family has been, then I’m prescribing this sweet and satisfying cookie that will make even your gloomiest, sickest days a little better.

You see, my 13-year old son has been sick since mid-December, just before he started his 3-week winter break. So during his entire vacation through Christmas and New Years he has been fighting some type of sickness. No fun for sure!

First it started with the cold/flu symptoms, then it progressed and got worse with a nasty cough that kept him (and me and the hubby) up all night, and now this fast-traveling bug has moved into his ear and sinuses. Needless to say, he has been moping around for about 4-weeks with aches, pains, non-stop coughing, not being able to sleep or breathe, and pretty much feeling miserable from head to toe.

After several trips to the doctor; diagnosed with Bronchitis last week and then yesterday diagnosed with an ear infection and a sinus infection, 2 different antibiotics, strong cough medicine, plenty of rest, gallons of fluids, humidifier running all night, and lots of love and attention from his mom and dad, he is hopefully on the mend!

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Phew! Can you believe this crappy, ever-changing virus has invaded my son for so long? As a matter of fact he feels “cheated” that he did not have a proper vacation. Poor kid. And school? Well, that started yesterday without him. Hopefully the new meds kick-in quickly so he can get back in his class on Friday, or Monday at the latest.

The strangest thing about this illness, and luckily I might add, is that my husband and I never got sick. Now that’s weird.

So, if you’re taking care of sick ones, or if you just need a little sweet something to cheer you up, you have got to try this Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie. You see, I have always wanted to make one of these giant cookie pies, and with the addition of my new cast-iron skillet I was finally able to bake one of these delectable treats for my kid just before this dreaded sickness was full-blown!

The best news is, it is super easy to make! Now my family loves traditional chocolate chip cookies. Me on the other hand, well, even though I love cookies, I would rather bake some type of bar cookie. I just don’t have the time these days to make sheet after sheet of perfectly crisp cookies.

This batter comes together quickly and bakes up to a golden perfection. You start by making a traditional cookie recipe then just pat it firmly into your pan and stick it in the oven. My kind of recipe for sure. The outcome is an incredibly soft, rich buttery cookie base dotted with melted, sweet milky chocolate. It’s so good that it will quickly disappear from your pan – at least that’s what happened in my house!

A big slice of this delectable cookie will put your loved one on the road to recovery and from my prescription pad, is the perfect remedy for feeling better.

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer using the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugars and beat until mixture is fluffy, approximately 2 minutes. Then add the egg and vanilla and mix until completely blended. Slowly add the four mixture and blend until just combined.

Scoop dough into a 9-inch cast-iron skillet and press with your hands to flatten. Bake until cookie is golden brown, about 35-45 minutes. Be sure not to over-bake or it will harden. Cool for about 5 minutes before cutting into wedges.

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

If your family is in need of some TLC this cold and flu season; heat your oven, whip together this Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie, and indulge in this homemade goodie! And I may just have to make another one myself to give my son the sweet boost he needs!

Sheila

 

{recipe adapted from Martha Stewart}


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End of the Year Awards

I don’t know where the time has gone lately. And if you’re like me, you probably wish you had more of it — especially this time of the year! I have been consumed with several big projects at work, my family and everything that goes along with being a mom and wife, passionately baking up a storm and wholeheartedly enjoying the craziness of the holidays! But that being said, I would like to take a moment to recognize two amazing bloggers who generously passed along some awards to me.

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A big grateful thank you to Elamb from Food Daydreaming for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award. I really enjoy reading this bloggers intriguing recipes and one day I hope to try her Sweet Potato and Goat’s Cheese Pizza. This is a delicious sounding combination and in my book, pizza is one of those perfect foods to daydream about!  I was also able to add my second star to the Blog of the Year 2013 Award, thanks to the always generous Jhuls from The Not So Creative Cook. Jhuls is passionate about food, photography and books and her blog echos her love of these. Her Crazy for Coconut Pie sounds so yummy — it’s definitely on my list to make for my coconut-loving husband! If you have not done so already, be sure to check out their unique and fun food blogs!
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As well, a big double thank you goes to Jhuls from The Not So Creative Cook for the Versatile Blogger Award, I really appreciate your kindness in giving me this award and for being so supportive to my blog. Again, Jhuls has a wonderful and creative blog, and reading her stories and recipes always puts a smile on my face.

Here are a few of my favorite blogs that I have awarded both the Blog of the Year 2013 Award and the Versatile Blogger Award: 

Photo Girl Travels

My Food Tapestry

The Paddington Foodie

Nancy Creative

Mama’s Gotta Bake

Be sure to get the rules for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award here and for the Versatile Blogger Award please find the rules and the seven random facts about me here.

Thanks again to Food Daydreaming and The Not So Creative Cook for these wonderful awards. Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year. May it be filled with love, laughter, good friends and family, and of course, sweets!

Sheila


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Merry Christmas!

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Wishing you and your family a special day filled with wonder, joy, love and of course all things sweet!

Merry Christmas!
Sheila


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I’m Thankful for You!

As I prepare for this glorious feasting day, I would like to take a moment to say how very thankful I am for everyone who is a part of my life — I am truly blessed to be surrounded by amazing people. Today I celebrate my wonderfully supportive and loving family, true friends, inspiring fellow bloggers and loyal followers. My life would not be the same with out you!

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Thank you for being a part of my life and my sweet journey! Wishing you a day filled with love, laughter and happiness!

Happy Fall — Happy Thanksgiving!

Sheila