You guys are just awesome in my book. Did you know that? Loved your responses to yesterday's post. Love you so!
salted chocolate chip cookies? I am telling you.. when you're gluten free it's a challenge to find the right one. I used my friend Lissa's recipe (also posted below) because Miss Lissa knows her stuff. The only things I did to vary her fantastic recipe, were use regular sugar, fair trade chocolate chips, (pictured above so those of you asking me what the packaging looks like can see) and sprinkled some coarse sea salt over the dough just before baking. I keep hearing all about this idea of sprinkling sea salt on top of your chocolate chips and wanted to try it out...
never go back. I don't know who came up with this, but it's genius. Try it. Do. Something about the salt and chocolate get together and it's like a caramelly thing. I can't explain it. My man (who isn't gluten free) actually thinks these are the best chocolate chip cookies ever, with the sea salt on them.
cut off about seven inches of my own hair. Seriously. If I heard about a woman who did that to herself, I'd probably write her off as so ridiculously stupid I couldn't possibly understand her motives. Only... I did it to myself. I was so tired of being in a place of no movement in our life situation, that one night I just picked up my sewing scissors, looked in the mirror, decided something was changing, and chopped. And because I'm not insane, I actually knew the very second the hair fell to the floor that I would regret it for the rest of my life. (Okay, or until it grew back.) Anyway... it's been a tough year for hair in my world. I've got a lot of grays all throughout, (yes. I do) and had been dying it boring old brown for three or four years straight. Don't get me wrong, I loved being a brunette.. but the upkeep was driving me nuts. The second I'd see a line of silver at my roots, I'd start racing to the store for hair dye. (Vanity. I know, I know.)
blonde-ish again. I like both... but I'm so happy to have a change. So happy to lighten up. I hope that's the way 2012 is going to go for me! Lighter... I also got my long bangs trimmed just a little... I love them. Not really a full bang, just a swoopy piece of hair. I'm amazed at what a fun hair apt. can do for your heart, aren't you?
I'm afraid to ask you guys what you think... but... um... what do you think....? By the way, I hardly ever wear it straight, but my hair dresser does such a good job that it's fun to come home with hair styled a little differently than how I normally do it! (If you live locally, and want a good recommendation, let me know... I love my hairdresser to pieces.)
Are you in need of a new hair change? Is anything keeping you from taking the plunge?
Gluten Free, Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup room temperature butter
2 c rice flour
1/4 c cornstarch
2 T tapioca flour
1 t xanthan gum
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1/4 c sugar
1 1/4 c brown sugar- firmly packed
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg + 1 yolk
2 c chocolate chips
Coarsely ground sea salt
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Combine rice flour, cornstarch, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, salt, and baking soda in a medium sized bowl and combine by stirring with a whisk. Cream sugars and butter together slowly pouring in the vanilla as it's creaming. Then add the eggs. Mix until combined. Slowly add your flour mixture and mix until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips. Roll into 1 inch balls and bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle a pinch of coarse sea salt on top of each ball of dough. Bake for about 9-10 minutes,and while still warm, sprinkle just the tiniest bit more sea salt over top of cookies.