Friday, November 23, 2012

One Direction and Magnolia Bakery Visit

Yes, I admit it! I am a Directioner! For those of you who don't know what that means, allow me to explain. A Directioner is a dedicated fan of the British boy band One Direction. The boys were playing on the Today Show in New York City a few weeks ago and I just had to be there! It was me against 15,000 other Directioners! We filled the streets of NYC in the rain and cold, but hey, you only live once! The good news is, I got to see the boys once I made it to the back of the stage! More good news, I visited Magnolia Bakery! I've always heard such wonderful things about Magnolia Bakery. I was not impressed by their cupcakes, however, but their peanut butter toffee bars had me hooked! Unfortunately I was unable to take pictures of the goodies, because I had to eat them on the side of the street... in the the cold... and my hands were full of shopping bags! Sorry! I was able to snap some pictures of the bakery itself though! Very cute and welcoming!

If visiting the Magnolia Bakery, I highly recommend the peanut butter toffee bars I was talking about and also their chocolate chip cookies. You will thank me for warning you... trust me!

Graham Cracker Chocolate Chippers

It was the week before Thanksgiving and I was just in the mood to bake! I found some graham crackers in my pantry and could not let them go to waste. A lovely idea came to mind: graham cracker crumbs in cookies! My search began for the perfect cookie recipe that included some graham cracker crumbs in place of some of the flour. Well, I found it! I got right to baking and ended up with a delicious chocolate chip cookie with that special secret ingredient. These cookies look like your average chocolate chip cookie, but don't be fooled! The graham cracker crumbs add that little extra flavor that only you and I will know about!


Graham Cracker Chocolate Chippers1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk the graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking soda, and salt together. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and beat just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for about 15-20 minutes.
Drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes.