Friday, January 1, 2016
An Almond Joy candy bar has a coconut based center with an almond or two on top, coated in chocolate. I looked for a recipe, but couldn't find one I liked. The recipes I found all had the elements of the candy bar mixed into the cookie. I did not want them mixed in, so I decided to make a more layered version of an Almond Joy cookie. I used a chocolate chip cookie base, but took out the chocolate chips, and added coconut extract and shredded coconut. I then created a soft chocolate, spread it on the cookies, and sprinkled sliced almonds on top. The look and taste was well achieved! The recipe is as follows.
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
2-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded coconut
2 cups chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet, but milk would be more in keeping with an Almond Joy.)
1/4 cup butter
1 cup sliced almonds
Now these are for topping the cookie, of course, so the amounts may vary depending on how much you actually put on top of each cookie.
Preheat oven to 375˚F.
In a mixing bowl, cream sugars, and 2 cups butter, room temperature, until fluffy. Crack eggs into a seperate bowl (to avoid getting shells into your cookies), and add to butter/sugar mix along with vanilla and coconut extracts. Mix thoroughly. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda; added to butter mixture. Mix just until combined. Add coconut and mix gently until incorporated. Do not over mix.
Scoop cookies onto a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Melt chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe dish, 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between. Do not over heat, as chocolate burns easily.
When the cookies are done, and cooled, spread the chocolate mixture over each cookie; sprinkle with sliced almonds.
I don't have a yield for this recipe, because it truly depends on the size of cookie you make. I actually made several sizes of cookies. It probably makes about 3 dozen average sized cookies.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Tuesday morning we woke up and had breakfast at the hotel. After we check out, we headed towards Oldtown. Emily really wanted to drop in at a local Crossfit, so we dropped her off so she could do a class. While she worked out, Carolyn and I went to Oldtown. Its a beautiful part of San Diego; it is quiet, and pretty with lots of Mexican flair. We went to a shop to get some souveneirs, walked around enjoying the sun, and then went back to pick up Emily. I thought she'd like Oldtown (which she did) so we went back. We enjoyed looking at many handmade items, beautiful wall murals, various cacti (I really liked those), and even bought some churros. We heard a live band, and enjoyed some more sun!
Eventually we hit the road and headed back to Pheonix.
Wednesday we went hiking for a few hours in the morning, climbed up a very small mountain, and saw more cacti. After we finished there we stopped by Paige's apartment for lunch then headed to another part of the city to tour the Grand Canyon University, which Carolyn was interested in possible attending. I enjoyed that quite a bit as I had never toured a college before (I've seen colleges, but not on a specific 'tour'.) After we finished there we headed downtown. Pheonix has a beautiful downtown. If you are ever visiting Pheonix, go downtown. We only had about half an hour so really we didn't walk around much. After we left we headed back to pick Paige up from work, spent a few more hours with her, and headed to the airport to catch our 1:28 am flight back to O'hare.
It really was a good trip. I loved visiting Paige and Melinda, seeing some many new sights, and experiencing different cultures.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
I will post about Tuesday in the next post..
|I love seeing all the cacti everywhere!|
|The view from the lighthouse front door|
|San Diego skyline during golden hour was stunning.|
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
This was the last day of our road trip. Since it turned out to be such a long day, I postponed blogging about it until now.
We spent the night in a town in Colorado. We were up at 6, and left shortly after. We continued on towards Denver. Of course this meant driving through lots of mountains. At one point we were more than 11,000 feet above sea level. We even saw snow on the slopes right next to the road. We eventually left the mountains to drive through miles of farms. The road got flatter, and the snow covered mountains disappeared into the distance. We drove about 16 hours, finally arriving at Lauren's house about 2:30 am. It was very nice to be back in Wisconsin.
The trip was amazing. We saw such a variety of landscapes, cultures, and many memorable locations. Thank you to all who were following the blog posts!
I will be back to posting only once in awhile now.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The plan was to leave Salt Lake City bright and early. However, since a thunderstorm stopped us from ziplining yesterday, we decided to do it today. Our adventure actually started at noon, as that was the earliest available time slot.
I didn't love going up to the tip top of a mountain on a chair lift, or walking the top of said mountain, but I did really enjoy the actual ziplining!
We went on a short practice zipline first, then a series of 4 other lines, totally around 1.86 miles. We went down 2,100 feet.
They told us we could get going up to 70mph on the last stretch, which was 3,871 feet. I loved that; I tucked my knees up and went as fast as I could. What fun that part was!
We then had lunch at Culvers. That felt like home! (I am missing WI now!)
We headed to Denver. After about 5 hours we drove into some thunderstorms. Thunderstorms at night in the mountains was not great. I greatly dislike wipers that don't work perfectly, so we stopped at a Walmart. They didn't have what I wanted so we went to AutoZone. That was great because the guy there put them on the car for me. He also told me he thought it would be snowing up in the pass; he wouldn't drive to Denver in this weather. Lauren and I weren't super thrilled either, so we called around and found a hotel.
The crazy thing is we had already booked a hotel in Denver. Then a few hours later when we had phone service again, we saw it had bad reviews, and canceled it. Then booked a second hotel in Denver (we had to call a lot of hotels to even find a room.) Then I had to call and cancel that one too. They waived the cancelation fee since we hit bad weather, so that's nice at least.
Despite hitting bad weather, we did see a beautiful glimpse of Colorado first.
All in all, a crazy day.