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In Which a Mishmash of Ingredients Leads to the Creation of Monday Night Specials…

Monday Night Special, anyone?
Monday Night Special, anyone?

This has been a rather screwed-up week for me.  Two weeks of incredible traffic, tons of projects on both the working and home fronts, a strange physical malaise coming over me, and literally slumping to the floor in a faint have taken their toll and have left me more than a little worn out and totally burned out.

That’s why I bake.  It’s something of a respite for me.  It keeps me from falling apart and going completely mad .  It’s the sort of activity that unleashes the more creative side of me, allows me to be a bit more adventurous with things as I explore possible combinations of flavor and texture.

Earlier this week, as a rather hopeful gesture of getting things off to a more pleasant start, I decided to do a bit of baking, tweaking an old recipe for chocolate chunk cookies in the process, throwing in a few things to make these classic treats a little more interesting.

A bit of matcha powder was thrown in for a slightly nutty nuance.  Macadamia nuts were stirred in for a buttery taste that nicely complemented the two intensities of dark chocolate (50% and 65%).  Finally, white chocolate chips (stuff I normally turn my nose at) and a caramel-stuffed milk chocolate bar were added to add layers of flavor – tempering the intensity of the dark chocolate.

Share with friends...even the one who keeps telling you he doesn't like sweets, yet is the first to dive in whenever you bake anything.
Share with friends…even the one who keeps telling you he doesn’t like sweets, yet is the first to dive in whenever you bake anything.  (That cookie in your hand is proof enough, mister…)

Since I was bringing these to a friend’s regular Monday night gig at the Boiler Room, I’ve named these dinky little treats Monday Night Specials.  I actually promised two other friends a dozen cookies each (Hence the tuck-boxes shown below), but I have an odd feeling someone’s actually a cookie monster in secret…

I daresay you could bake these for a friend who needs some cheering up.  Believe me when I say they will most certainly be appreciated.

All packed and ready to be shared!
All packed and ready to be shared!

Monday Night Specials

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup)  salted butter, softened

  • 1/4 cup vanilla-flavored margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened matcha [green tea] powder
  • 1 – 1/2 cups flour

  • 100 grams dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

  • 50 grams milk chocolate with caramel and peanuts (you can use a Snickers bar or, better yet, one of those chewy Korean milk chocolate, caramel, and peanut bars), finely diced

  • 50 grams white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees / Gas Mark 4.  Cream together the butter, margarine, brown sugar, and vanilla until smooth and creamy.  Add the egg, matcha, and baking powder; mix thoroughly.  Add half the flour, the oats, nuts, and chocolates; mix well.  Add the remaining flour and mix until well-combined.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 – 15 minutes.  Cool on a rack before storing in an airtight container.  Makes approximately 50 cookies.

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Author:

Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended earlier this year. These days, she works for a corporate governance advocacy in Makati. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel.

3 thoughts on “In Which a Mishmash of Ingredients Leads to the Creation of Monday Night Specials…

    1. Jefe, young Messire Penn was most put out with aforementioned cookie monster. Hindi s’ya kasama sa bilang – Ian and Tonet each got an even dozen…and said cookie monster tore into the tub before Ian could react. -_-

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