Cookies and Crafting

Be warned. If you bake these cookies, you will become very, very popular. People will love them and not be able to get enough of them. It is easy to get lost in the euphoria of their tart, sweet, chocolate chewiness. You might want to have a lot of these crazily delicious cookies on hand this Valentine’s Day. They are perfect as a gift for your sweetheart or for eating one after the other while standing in the kitchen. I mean, if you’re into that kind of thing.

These cookies are the cookie of the month in the February issue of Martha Stewart Living. Which has a lusciously gorgeous cover that is incredibly enticing. The dark, shiny hot fudge cascading down onto the pristine white scoops of ice cream set against the bright pink background makes you want to put your face right through the cover. It’s certainly an effective way to sell a magazine. And ice cream sundaes maybe.

The issue featured a spread on these handmade crafting events that take place at the New York Public Library each month. They are hosted by rare books librarian Jessica Pigza and Maura Madden, the author of Crafternoon — a great new book about giving your creative spirit a boost through crafting with your friends. The article was beautiful and it really made me want to get my hands on some scissors and glitter.

Which I promptly did upon arriving at the library. The tables were covered with limitless crafting supplies — heart shaped doilies, red and pink paper, paper punches, glue, scalloped scissors, and a plethora of sparkling glitter. There was also an abundance of Valentine candy which helped keep our creativity flowing.

Crafting has this secret ability to put you into a state of zen calmness. Similar to the way a hush descends upon a table full of people as they take the first bites of a delicious meal, a group of crafters develop an intense focus that seems to shut out the rest of the world. Before you know it you’ve made a stack of hand-crafted Valentines and you’re completely covered in glitter. Baking brings me much of the same serenity and satisfaction, plus you get to eat the outcome, which is always good. That’s where the cookies came into play. After all that crafting I had to get back in the kitchen and whip up some edible creativity. No glitter there though.

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About gttebykate

I am an amateur cook and baker who likes to feed her friends and whip up a frenzy in the kitchen. While I adore butter, sugar, and every kind of baked good, I also like to experiment with healthier options and substitutions...sometimes.
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