Did I tell you all my husband started a new job?
This was big news in our world. He worked for his last employer for 6 years, and I was even a former employee there. We loved the company for many years and felt a part of an extended family of sorts. That was however until the Owner retired and his crunchy granola, eccentric, trust fund baby, daughter took over. (I'm sure you can I'm not a fan...) Things have been going down hill for a while and my husband had been really unhappy for the past year. Slowly all of our friends have left the company, and now it was his time. I was so proud of him for quitting. Changing jobs is never easy. AND... major risk involved where we have not even gotten our first mortgage payment in the mail.
In the end we both know sometimes you don't get ahead if you don't make the leap. The company he moved to is minutes down the road from our new house. They are the largest of their kind in the state..... and they make some big money! Though the money and location are great there is a price to pay. Steve's first day without any training was 14 hours. They just threw him in to the dogs. He did great and loved it. That trend has continued. He just worked 8 straight days.... all 12-15 hours each. As a reward his new boss gave him two days off in a row. This is a treat in his business. You typically get one day off a week.
My hard working husband has been home for a couple of days, but goes back to work tomorrow. Yesterday we took a drive up to Clough State Park, and enjoyed playing in the water with the kids. We came home, grilled some ridiculous sirloin burgers on some brioche buns that made my heart and tummy so happy. I then baked some cookies with the boys while Madelyn slept. I'm a Joy the Baker mega fan as you all know but the boys wanted to pick the recipe out. So I google Joy the Baker Cookies to see what pops up. The first I clicked was one she did last spring to promote Smitten Kitchen's new book..... they are chocolate chip cookies with POPCORN in them. My boys just discovered the joys of microwave popcorn so they went nuts for this recipe.
"THAT ONE!" "Please, please please Mama can we make THOSE!?!" So we did. With some adaptions of course. The recipe yielded about 2 dozen cookies. They were all gone by bedtime. That tells you they were great!
What a genius idea adding popcorn into cookies. Deb and Joy used a traditional buttery popcorn. I used some microwaved kettle corn. I also used Hershey Baking Melts. They are large chocolate disks that are so perfect for any chocolate lover's cookie, I also added in some chopped white chocolate because the kids said so. The cookies are the perfect chewy cookie. Exactly the kind I adore. I baked all of the cookies according to directions. Then baked the last few for an extra 3 minutes so I could get some super crispy cookies out of it for myself. I do love a chewy cookie, but crispy is where it's at. You can dunk a crispy cookie in milk...... need I say more?
Double Chocolate Kettle Corn Cookies
Recipe inspired by Joy the Baker's Buttered Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies which was slightly adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
1 cup popped microwave kettle corn
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup all-purpose King Arthur Flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Hershey Semi-Sweet Baking Melts
1/4 cup white coarsely chopped white chocolate
Preheat oven to 350.
In the bowl of your electric mixer using the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract just until combined. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in flour, baking soda and salt. Once the dough is smooth, fold in your popcorn, and both kinds of chocolate.
On lined baking sheets, place 1 inch cookie mounds 2 inches apart. I use my 1tbs cookie scoop for this.
Bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and enjoy!
Recipe yields about 2 dozen cookies.