So, I am apologizing in advance if I say anything today that makes no sense. If you read my post last week, you might remember Ben started climbing out of his crib. So, we converted his crib to a toddler bed, and gated his door. And sometimes to get him to sleep I would have to rock him.
That didn’t last long, as soon as I’d get him to sleep and try to lay him down, he’d wake up and that was it for the nap. So I started just leaving him in his room, eventually he’d fall asleep, or at least play quietly for a while.
Last Saturday, he figured out how to get over the gate. He used anything he could push up to the door to boost himself up. So bit by bit, I removed his box of diapers, laundry basket, ottoman, and even rocking chair from his room.
Yesterday, Bryan called me at work to say we have a problem. He (Bryan) was in the shower while Ben was “napping” when all of a sudden he hears, “Hi Daddy” and peeks out of the shower door to see Ben standing there wearing all of his sister’s jewelry.
How did he get over the gate this time? He removed the bed rail (the thing that keeps him from falling out of bed) and propped it up against the gate and just scaled it like a tiny mountain.
I have been so exhausted that, when I went to make cookies for Bryan to take to work for Nurse’s Appreciation Week, I wanted to make a recipe that could stand on it’s own without any icing. I was just too darned lazy to base coat these.
Ever since LilaLoa shared her vanilla variation, it has become my go to recipe. It tastes similar enough to the cookies I have been making for the past five years, but they are soft, and stay soft literally for weeks. They hold their shape, and the edges don’t brown. They are amazing.
I wanted to try to bring out the orange flavor a little and I remembered another amazing cookier, Sweet Ambs, and the description of her recipe on her Etsy page. I was intrigued by the thought of adding cardamom to the cookie, but since I am not all to familiar with that spice, I was hesitant to buy a whole jar of it. Then I discovered that Whole Foods sells some of the rarer spices in bulk, so you can just scoop a little into a baggie and give it a try!
So I brought home my new spice, and set out on a Google search, hoping to find a recipe that would give me a guideline as far as how much to use. It is a pretty powerful spice. Most of the recipes I found were for chocolate cardamom cookies. And since I love the taste of dark chocolate and oranges, my recipe was born!
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1-2 tbsp orange zest
- 1 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 tsp orange extract
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp cardamom (more or less depending on your preference, 1/4 tsp was perfect for me)
- 4 1/2 cups flour (see note about the flour on the original recipe)
- 1 cup mini semisweet or dark chocolate chips
- In a small bowl, add the orange zest to about 1/2 cup of the sugar and mash them together with a pestal or the back of a fork.
- Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and add the orange sugar, then the regular sugar. Beat them together until fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla and orange extracts. Mix well.
- Add the salt, baking powder, and cardamom, and mix.
- Add the flour a bit at a time and mix after each addition.
- Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Turn 1/3 of the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it until it forms a smooth ball.
- Roll out with a lightly floured rolling pin to 1/4 inch, and cut out your shapes.
- Move shapes to a parchment covered baking sheet and chill while the oven finishes preheating.
- Bake for 7 1/2- 8 minutes.
- Let cool before decorating.
- Repeat with the other 2/3 of dough.
Just a note, you’ll want to use a sharp, sturdy cutter to get through the chocolate chips.
Also, these cookies taste just as good with a coat of royal icing. I used them for my mother’s day cookies. I will share them later this week!
These cookies will not make your children sleep, but they might make it easier for you to ignore the fact that they are not. (But if you are interested, the only sound I have heard for the last half hour from upstairs is the sound of furious pacifier sucking!!!!)