Friday, December 24, 2004

Time to Bake More Cookies

By Deana Nall
Baytown Sun

Published December 22, 2004

You can always tell when it’s Christmas in our house. Some clues are 1) the Christmas tree in the living room, and 2) my husband’s body on the kitchen floor where he has passed out from shock at the sight of me actually baking something.

I usually bake three kinds of cookies every year. I pick two new recipes in addition to my old standby, Chocolate Bliss cookies. These are very sweet and highly addictive.

Don’t get too hasty nominating me for Best Cook on the Block, because this recipe comes from the Baker’s Chocolate company and not from me. If you make them just right, they come out looking like something you would want to avoid, say, in a cow pasture. But taste-wise, they truly live up to their name. I was going to print the recipe here, but the scary “Message from our Lawyers” section at led me to believe that I could get sued by Baker’s, which would cause me to not have enough money to buy Baker’s expensive chocolate to make the cookies. So here is an extremely generalized version:

Chocolate Cookies That, For the Moment, Have Nothing Whatsoever to Do With a Certain Chocolate Company That Will Remain Unnamed:

Get a bunch of yummy stuff, most of which is chocolate in various forms. Mix it all up in a bowl. Drop big globs of aforementioned stuff onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 13 minutes. While cookies are baking, taste the batter that has stuck to the sides of the bowl. It tastes so good you have an out-of-body experience and see visions of dead ancestors. Grab a spoon and scrape the sides of the bowl.

Wow, this sure is a lot of batter! Eat most of it. Next, realize with horror that you are a nursing mother and you have just consumed raw eggs. Say a quick prayer that you do not pass salmonella on to your baby. Take one more taste and pray for God to cover that, too. By now, you should be overwhelmed by the urge to drink a glass of cold milk. This is a natural response when one has eaten a lot of chocolate.

Ding! The cookies are done. Take them out of the oven. If you plan on giving these to friends, you will want to taste them to make sure they came out alright. After you have “tasted” a dozen or so, remember that you meant to give these away and ... holy cow! It’s already Dec. 22! Send your friends cards instead. They’ll get cookies next year. Then refer to my column on exercising from last week. Believe me, you’re gonna need it.

You can visit Baker’s at and get the real recipe, if you want. I will say that I alter the recipe to leave out the walnuts. I generally leave nuts out of all recipes because my husband doesn’t like them (which makes pecan pie especially difficult.)

For your amusement at the site, check out the “Healthy Living” link on the “Recipes” page. That’s right! While you’re browsing through recipes like “Decadent Raspberry Brownies” and “White Chocolate Candy Cane Cheesecake,” you can get tips on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. A tip like “Avoid These Recipes Like the Plague” would be a good start. This is almost as bad as Philip Morris USA having a “Quitting Smoking” link on its Web site.

Whatever vice you choose to get you through the holidays, chocolate or otherwise, keep in mind that moderation is key. Remember, friends don’t let friends eat all the Chocolate Bliss cookies.

Deana Nall’s column appears every Wednesday. Her email address is


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