some rules are (definitely) meant to be broken…

dark cho milk

“Do not consume raw eggs for the risk of Salmonella.”  That’s the first rule I broke a LONG time ago.   Those little warnings didn’t stop me when I licked the bowl AND spoon  as a kid tonight.  Or how about the tube of cookies from Publix – the break and bakes.  Those should have been renamed break and eat.  Rarely did those pre-mixed, ready-to-bake cookies ever actually get in the oven.

Have you ever noticed that some raw batter is better than others?  (Oh yes, you know what I’m talking about.  You broke the rule too!)  Well I’m convinced that when you combine chocolate, sugar and butter (ok, the egg too) you get the best cookie dough batter. Ever.  Tonight I made Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies and this raw batter was definitely in my top 5!  Another one is funfetti batter!  For you non-rule breakers, check out my funfetti skinny dip.  It’s stays within the rules!

For you rule breakers, I have to confess, I saved about a cup of the batter and it’s in the fridge!  I also don’t intend to turn the oven on when I eat these…

I’m in love with dark chocolate.  The darker the better!  I love it paired with a red wine too… girl’s best friend!  With that said, I wanted to try a dark chocolate oatmeal cookie.  Success!? YES!!  (I’m having a hard time not eating the cookies as I’m writing this right now!)

dark cho oat mixDark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Ingredients (makes about 24 cookies-  if you don’t eat the batter!):  

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1  1/4 cup cooking oats, slightly ground in a food processor
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate morsels

dark cho oat eatPreheat oven to 350 degrees.  In an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy.   Add egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour and baking soda.  Add to butter mixture.  Finally, mix in morsels.   Drop by tablespoonful on parchment paper.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.

What comes out is a warm, soft, chewy, rich cookie!  It’s hard to tell which part tastes better–before of after baking.  With a large glass of milk (or wine), either way is delicious!

dark cho oat cookie

“You must eat your dinner before dessert.”  That’s the second rule I broke continue to break.  I can’t help it!  I’ve been known to eat too many of the peanut butter blossom cookies my family makes at Christmas and then be completely stuffed for dinner.  Oops!  I suppose this will come back and haunt me one day when my own kids want dessert first.  How can I tell them no?!  That’s a double standard then, right?  Well, I do know the impact sugar has on kids.  Maybe this rule WAS put into place for a purpose!!

Anyway, I did make a delicious a sweet but spicy homemade pizza for dinner tonight!  The sweetness was agave nectar I put in the crust and the spicy was crushed red peppers and jalapeno in the sauce.  🙂

dark cho oat pizza

So what are some of your rules (in the kitchen) that are meant to be broken?

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