Being a resourceful woman is something I am proud of. Some of my best abilities center around using old, cast-off treasures to create something new and fabulous – one woman’s junk is another woman’s treasure. Our home is a budding example of this grandmotherly cliché. I love garage sales, resale shops filled with possibility and a good smattering of dust, and cooking with creativity – and without recipes. I am not fussy or fancy, but I love living with a spirit of creativity and everyday adventure. I am quirky and continuously optimistic. It is my nature, and is something that just is what it is.
I love to experiment in the kitchen, but do not like to read directions. I don’t like complicated recipes and certainly don’t like lots of rules. I am intuitive and find that I am the happiest when I live in connection with my creative spirit and a heart filled with gratitude. Life is full of opportunities for sweet appreciation. I love to cook and create, but really am more of a wizard with an apron than an actual baker.
Cake mixes are wonderful shortcuts to great cookies, cakes and bake-pops. There is something liberating about gratefully accepting some help from Miss Better Crocker when it is available, and the most important ingredient for an afternoon in the kitchen is simply fun. Time in the kitchen should be rejuvenating and filled with pleasure – our souls can be nurtured by the simple act of preparing food for those we love or even as a gift we prepare for ourselves.
1 butter cake mix
1 stick butter, softened (we use the real stuff, and stay away from the synthetics)
½ bag of your favorite chocolate chips
1 large bowl
1 large cookie sheet or baking dish
An open heart and clean hands to do the mixin’
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine cake mix, butter, and egg in large bowl. Mix well. Incorporate chocolate chips until they are throughout batter. Scoop the batter into round lumps onto cookie sheet. It will be thicker than traditional pancakes, and look very much like standard cookie dough. The pancake part comes in when the cookies are flipped (typical pancake fashion) half-way through baking. Total baking time is 12 – 16 minutes, depending on your oven. As the dough begins to bubble around the edges, or half-way through (6- 8 minutes on each side), remove tray from oven for just long enough to flip the cookies, and return.
This recipe was created after I burned the bottom of my cookie for the last time. It seems that very often the underside of my cookies burn while the top is still gooey. This is most likely the result of not following the directions, but creative juices flow freely when our souls are free to welcome them in. I was frustrated by my burned-bottom-cookies for the last time when I decided to give those cookies some help and with the magic flip of the wrist, Totally Townie Pancake Cookies were born. May your kitchen always be filled with laughter, creativity and a cookie jar that welcomes guests from near and far.