I blame Challenge Sophie. I’m a big fan of the classes at Sweaty Betty and I attended her 5k run and lecture. One of her major themes was the importance of showing up and working hard, even if you’re the sweaty person at the back of the run or the class feeling totally overwhelmed trying to follow the dance steps (and trust me, I’m often both.) So I was looking for a way to challenge and push myself – and so I’m now climbing Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, with some friends in July. I’m excited for the trip itself – and especially spending time with friends – but it means that I’m doing a lot of training. Training means a lot of hill walks, in sometimes-dicey weather.
If there’s any time that you need a some sugar and sweets, it’s to motivate you in the middle of a long hike! Which is why I was excited to be baking some treats for the new Cookies & Cups Cookbook. Shelly Jaronsky is another amazing blogger (the recipes on her blog Cookies & Cups always look and taste incredibly delicious.) Her first cookbook is primarily dessert based – although with a few savoury recipes – I can’t wait to try her pesto shrimp, as well as several complex and luxurious recipes: an ice cream cake, a birthday cake trifle, and some amazing no-bake pies. But my favourite of the recipes are those which make exactly the kind of snacks which I can bring on my hikes: chocolate chip cookies, key lime pie cookies, pound cake cookies. All of these would be perfect in my knapsack on a long hike – and some of the bars, like the stuffed peanut butter cup brownies and the s’more bars, would be amazing as a reward once we’re finished on the mountain!
Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Cookies & Cups Cookbook)
226g salted butter (Shelly mentions her love for European butter, so of course I had to use Kerrygold!)
50g dark brown sugar
150g light brown sugar
100g granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
345g plain flour
Mini chocolate chips to taste
Combine butter and sugars together until well mixed.
Add in eggs and vanilla.
Mix in dry ingredients and chocolate chips.
Place scoops of cookie dough on a greased baking sheet.
Bake cookies for about ten minutes at 170C. As with all chocolate chip cookies, best to serve warm!
I received a copy to review from Gallery Books, but all opinions are my own.