School Newspaper

Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's been a few years since my daughters have attended the same school.  So what a blessing that, with one in her final year of high school and one in her first, they're finally together again.

I didn't know how they'd react to being in the same school.  They get along well at home, but it might have played out differently in front of their friends.  Would their friendship make the transition? I told them I didn't want either of them telling me every time she saw her sister talking to a boy, and I (mostly) meant it.

I needn't have given it a second thought.  Not only are they getting along great, they're both part of the school newspaper.  My oldest daughter joined in ninth grade, and since then the Beacon has been a big part of her high school memories.  My youngest daughter appears to be following in her footsteps.

This past Wednesday was Production night.  They stayed after school into the evening to get the papers ready to hand out Thursday morning.  The students ordered pizza for dinner, and the girls took in a batch of cookies to nibble on.

So I'd like to dedicate this week's post to my lovely daughters, who work hard in their classes and their extracurriculars.  They love these cookies and, with the combination of chocolate and toffee bits, I can't think of anyone who wouldn't.


Chocolate Toffee Cookies
(adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt or sea salt
16 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup (half a stick) unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
6 - 7 chocolate-covered English toffee bars (Skor or Heath), coarsely chopped

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl; whisk to blend.  Stir chocolate and butter in top of double boiler set over simmering water until melted and smooth.  Remove from over water.  Cool mixture to lukewarm.

Using electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs in bowl until thick, about 5 minutes.  Beat in chocolate mixture and vanilla.

Stir in flour mixture, then toffee pieces.  Chill batter until firm, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper.  Drop batter by spoonfuls onto sheets, spacing two inches apart.  Bake 12 to 15 minutes, then let cookies cool on sheets.

37 comments:

Valerie said...

It doesn't get much better than chocolate and toffee! Homemade cookies from mom make great memories. :)

Belinda said...

Might be a good thing! I shared a year with my sister and, well...ya know. =) Love anything with toffee!

Lizzy said...

Oh, I have been making these cookies for years (since they first came out in either Bon Appetit or Gourmet)...and I'm always asked for the recipe. Now I'm thinking I need to make a batch soon :) I love hearing about your girls...what a fun year for you!

Joanne said...

I'd sign up to work on the newspaper just for the cookies alone, contributing to some "sweet" newspaper writing :)

I'm thinking your daughters will have lots of fun memories from this school year together ...

Jeanne said...

These would be just perfect for a late night working at the newspaper! I love the cracks on top of the cookies - gorgeous! I'll have to make these soon.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

You're lucky that your girls get on well together. My oldest two (both boys) don't. Fortunately only the youngest two go to the same school, which has for the most part worked out fine.

Yummy cookies! I'm going to have to make them. Soon.

laurie said...

Sounds like a great combo!

Monet said...

I'm sure your daughters are just as precious as you. These cookies look delicious, as always, and your words make me smile, yet again. I hope you have a blessed week and a wonderful season of joy and food and fun.

tenaciouslyyours.com said...

When your daughters look back on this time, they'll absolutely adore it. When I was in high school, I was on the cheerleading squad and my younger brother was on the football team. It was so cool to be able to share the field and the lights with him.

Miriam said...

Your daughters sound like dreams come true and I seriously need some of those cookies right now :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

jhl said...

I've made these and love them ... good idea to add in extra toffee! I do like the walnuts in mine, though, for added crunch.

Funny ... I'm making chocolate cookies tonight, too, for the blogger cookie exchange ... they have a top-secret ingredient. I can't wait to post them when the exchange goes live on December 12! :)

yummychunklet said...

Yummy looking cookies!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

That's so sweet to dedicate this to your girls. Highschool can be a fun time, particularly if you have siblings to share it with. As a young baker myself, I really enjoyed reading this post because I can imagine how nice it would be to have a Mum who cooks goodies for you :)

Kayte said...

Oh, I remember those "getting the paper to press" nights...and the treats that appeared from the moms to help the process seem a little more fun. I was a lone reed in my family on that, none of my sibs were at all interested in the school newspaper...lol. Very fun to read that your girls are enjoying it together. And if you think I'm not stealing that cookie recipe to make those to send to Matt at college, you would be wrong, I copied that before I even started this comment! Thanks.

Mary Anne MacCrone said...

I suspect that as long as your girls are in school and you are sending cookies in like this, the newspaper will never be short on volunteers!

Carol said...

Delicious combo, the cookies look amazing! Such a sweet post to dedicate to your lovely girls :)

Emily Malloy said...

Boy, that cookie recipe is to die for!

Claudia said...

Chocolate and toffee and a friendship between sisters. I know you know - it doesn't get better than that!

Mini Baker said...

mmm I LOVE toffee! (and of course chocolate cookies) can't wait to browse around- just found your blog!
xo,
minibaker

Becki Jacobs said...

My daughters are a year apart and I hope they get along as yours sound like they are when they hit high school! Love these cookies. Chocolate and toffee is a great combination - esp. in a cookie:-)

Dulce Dough said...

Your cookies sound wonderful Beth! And how wonderful that your daughters get along so well. Next year my boys will be back at the same school, and I am looking forward to it.

shaz said...

You must be so proud of your daughters Beth, and they in turn must be so proud of their Mum. I know I would be if she sent me in with these amazing sounding cookies. I've bookmarked these, maybe one day I'll send them in to my daughter's school :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

What a wonderful post. I'm so glad your girls are sharing a high school memory.

My daughter is taking journalism so she can be on the paper staff. She loves it too. In fact she is going to rewrite her four year plan to include journalism for each year of high school. :D

Mary said...

Toffee in a cookie pretty much guarantees that I'm going to love it. These sound delicious!

I love that your girls get along so well. I hope my boys are the same when they are that age!

Angie's Recipes said...

How nice that your daughters get along so well.
I love the idea of adding toffee in the cookie! They look so good!

Neesie Natters said...

I'm new to your blog but those cookies had me at 'Hello' They look so moist....
I think I'm going to like it here ;D

Raina said...

Sounds like you have done a wonderful job raising two special girls; no doubt they have very bright futures ahead of them.

These cookies sounds great; my family loves those toffee bits.

Simply Life said...

I would love to celebrate with these cookies!

Joanne said...

It's so great to hear about siblings who are also such close friends. My brother and I are super close and I love always knowing I have a best friend nearby. I also love these cookies. Chocolate and toffee = swoon!

Katerina said...

It is a blessing for them to be so close together! They will have each other for the rest of their lives and this is the best thing in life! Needless to say these ookies made me wish I had couple or should I say a dozen of them right now!

Rita said...

That is so wonderful to have the girls enjoying this part of their life that they will never forget. Your cookies sure added to their pleasure; they really look good!
Rita

Kitchen Riffs said...

I love being on the school newspaper in high school. I learned a lot about writing and made many good friends - good times. And I'd imagine eating these cookies would constitute a good time. Toffee? Chocolate? Together? Yes, please.

nancy at good food matters said...

that's really nice that your children are working together on the school paper---they both must have an affinity for writing and communication, like their mom!

what's not to love about these chocolate-toffee cookies?

Elaine said...

What a sweet post! Your cookies look fantastic. I have some Heath toffee chips that I need to use up and this looks like the perfect recipe.

lisa is cooking said...

Chocolate and toffee is one of my most favorite combinations!These cookies must have been the perfect snack for a busy evening.

Sue said...

These cookies look fantastic! I know I'd love them:) Sounds like your girls will have a memorable year being at school together.
My brother was a senior when I was a freshman in high school, but I rarely saw him.

sally said...

Mmm...another great looking cookie recipe!

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