peppermint chocolate chip sugar cookies

 

My brain keeps running through all the things I need to get done before tomorrow's family gathering. Should I bake anything else? Well, anything else, besides the chocolate chip cookies I need to make lest my relatives kick me out into the cold. Exactly how clean should I bother getting my apartment? What color should I paint my nails? Are my holiday outfits clean? How many hours are these oranges supposed to be in the oven to dehydrate? Did I forget to buy presents for anyone? Am I really going to make it to 5pm mass tonight? Why do eels exist? Seriously, why is anything that terrifying and awful allowed to exist? Why did I think it was a good idea to watch roughly seven hours of River Monsters?

And that's the point when I tell my brain to shut up and decide to eat another cookie.

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sweet potato chocolate chip cookies

 
Told you there would be cookies! I was actually looking for the regular chocolate chip recipe in the Joy the Baker cookbook when I stumbled across these. As might be obvious by now, I'm always up for intriguing ways to use vegetables, and I had a sweet potato that badly needed to be used. I pretty quickly changed course, and ended up with a whole bunch of these babies.

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browned butter snickerdoodles

While frantically studying for my final anatomy exam, I stress-ordered a cookbook from Amazon, like normal people totally do. Right? Anyway, said cookbook was Baked Elements, the third offering from the Baked bakery team. I own the first two, only seemed necessary to get the third. And oh boy. I took it with me on exam day to relieve some stress, and a few classmates and I spent most of our time before the exam drooling at the recipes.

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