Today was the first official "snow" day of 2015. I put snow in quotes because lets face it - there was no snow to be seen. There were however, icy conditions this morning which made for treacherous traveling and now that I am the parent of a child who drives herself to school, I was thrilled to keep her off of the icy roads this morning.
I do propose that we rename these so-called "snow" days however - I'm thinking --- Ice Day or Hazard Day or even Too Cold To Get Out Of Bed Day.
I have to admit - I was so happy to get that phone call from the school at 5:30 this morning. I immediately turned off the alarm, rolled over and fell back to sleep. No school = sleep in for mom.
It was a great day to catch up on things at home. I'm happy to report that my laundry is clean, my dishwasher is empty (that hardly ever happens) and my living room is dusted.
After I reached my cleaning threshold (which didn't take long) I spent my afternoon in the kitchen. I made chicken soup, 3 different kinds of biscotti AND some chocolate chip cookies. I can't think of a better way to spend a "snow day."
Remove from heat. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in an ice cube. Transfer to refrigerator and allow to cool 20 minutes.
Melt butter in saucepan. Swirl until golden brown.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter
1 ice cube
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
sea salt for garnish
Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
Place eggs, sugar and vanilla in bowl of standing mixer. Whisk on high until pate and thick - about 5 minutes.
Transfer to paddle attachment and add cooled brown butter mixture.
Add flour mixture.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate overnight.
Scoop dough onto a silpat lined baking sheet.
Bake 13-16 minutes at 325.
Sprinkle lightly with coarse sea salt while cookies are still warm.
Snow days call for comfort food and what is more comforting than a chocolate chip cookie?
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