Sunday, May 1, 2016

Make the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

How to Make the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

I Fixed the Texture Problem

If you have ever ventured into the microwave baked goods recipes and come up thinking they were pretty gross, you are definitely not alone. 

A lot of them are spongy, off-balance, or demand a glass of milk to ease the sponge going down your throat. 

Look no further! I have solved the problem with two minor tweaks that make these, truly, the perfect microwave cookies.

Why You Need These Mug Cookies in Your Life Today

You may or may not know, I LOVE CHOCOLATE. And, yes, that statement is totally deserving of capital letters.

This recipe is quick and so good. It's perfect for the times when you don't want to make a whole batch of cookies of which you know you are going to eat way too many. That's a weekly thing for me. :(

Raise your hand if you are guilty of eating more than one of the two dozen cookies a normal batch makes. (My hand is almost touching the ceiling.)  There is no such thing as freezing cookies for later in my house.

I suppose these would work just as well without the chocolate chips, but really, why would you do that?

What Makes These Perfect

If you stumble upon another microwave cookie recipe on this site, it is the one I originally liked, and it still is good. It's a bit faster, but only a little. 

The two main changes are in how the butter and egg are treated. It's totally all about the liquid ingredients not being quite so liquid. :)

Your butter must be softened - not melted, and don't use the whole egg yolk.

And your microwave cookies will be cursed forever should you ever use egg whites. 

So, so gross! (Take my word for it.)

And, yes, this cookie is a bit yellow because my yolk was darker.

Without further ado, here is the recipe for the perfect chocolate chip cookie in a mug!


1 Tablespoon softened butter (don't melt it!)
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon white sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 Tablespoon of egg yolk (also known as 1 1/2 teaspoons)
a pinch of salt
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons chocolate chips (I love Nestle semi-sweet)


1. In a microwave safe mug or small bowl, mix the butter, sugars, and vanilla.

2. Separate your yolk from the whites including the stringy white thing attached to the yolk. Scoop 1/2 Tablespoon of yolk out of the shell and add to the other ingredients. Reserve the whites and leftover yolk for your next batch of scrambled eggs. Mix well.

3. Add the salt, flour, and chips. Stir until combined.

4. Microwave for 45 seconds. (My microwave is 1000 watts.) The cup and cookie will be very hot. Use caution.

Serves 2, but you don't have to share. I certainly don't! :)

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Inspiring Power of 2 Simple Words: I Know

The Inspiring Power of 2 Simple Words: I Know

Don't you love it when you are beautifully surprised by your children?

I have six, wonderful girls. I'm blessed that they like each other ... on most days. :)

In the backseat of the car I overheard a lovely and surprising conversation.

My 10 year old (Blue) playing with my 4 year old (Fire). Like a lot of toddlers, Fire took over the conversation in a totally random way. Blue played along, though. The result was heart-warming.

F: "I know your favorite color is blue."
B: "I know your favorite color is orange."
F: "I know I love you."
B: "I know I love you, too."

"I know I love you." What an incredible thing for a child to know then be able to express so clearly and spontaneously.

How many beautiful things do we know that we are holding in because we don't think to express them?

The way Fire just threw it out without even stopping to think is inspiring to me. Colors really have nothing to do with sisterly love. But she made the connection because she knew her love as easily as she knew her favorite color.

Blue had to stay home from school the other day. My toddlers LOVE it when there is a sick day with an older sister. One-on-one time is so special to them. At the end of the day, Fire made a point to tell Blue how much she enjoyed their day together. She told me later she hoped Blue would stay home the next day, too. It didn't happen, but the desire is sweet all the same.

Here's the challenge: find something you know that will brighten someone's day and go say it to them. Can you do it right now? Tonight? That would be amazing! If you feel bold, tell me about it in the comments below.

Know someone who would like this post? I know I would love it if you shared it. Thank you!

Go be inspiring!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Magical 2 Ingredient No Scrub Pan Cleaner

No Scrub Pan Cleaner baking soda water

The Magical No Scrub Pan Cleaner

What a lovely picture, eh? Have you ever looked at your after-dinner pots and inwardly groaned? Or maybe you don't make a secret out of it and make your displeasure known to the world. "Why do you have to cook on high?!?" yells your not-so-inner critic.  Then you come up with a brilliant solution: you tell your teenager it's her turn to wash the pans that night. Ha!

See this post to get my awesome rice pudding recipe that was yummy to eat, but not so lovely after we finished. Thank goodness I know the magic secret sauce to getting rid of all the burned on junk with no work on my part.