Sunday, April 29, 2012

Chocolate Chunk Cookies (A.k.a milk sponges)

Its that time again, time to work 12 hour shifts don our chem gear and exercise exercise exercise.  It's always a long week when we have to do an exercise on base.  It means working a week straight playing "war games"  basically to keep us trained in situations we might face in a deployed environment. But it does become exhausting on the 3rd or 4th day working a 12 hour shift wearing a flak vest and chem. gear that weigh up to 50 lbs. plus sucking plastic for hours literally sucks lol and by sucking plastic I mean wearing a chem. mask.

At home my poor dog Ardie suffers as well, working such long hours there's barley anytime to shower him with attention.  Same goes for the hubby, since we are working separate shifts I go to work 6am to 6pm and he goes in at 6pm- to 6am. So our paths don't cross the whole week.  Means dinner for one, which means making a sandwich or take out. No biggy though its part of the job and its just a week and soon enough we go back to our regular shifts.

So why the cookies when I should be sleeping. Well it is a weekend and even though I'm working I gotta have my sweets, also I like taking goodies to work to help lift everyones morale during a exercise week and this batch makes a massive amount of cookies.

These cookies are diffidently worth losing just a wee bit of sleep over, they are the best milk sponges I have ever had. I've been using this recipe for years and the pudding mix always helps make the cookies more fluffy and cake like which makes it the perfect chocolate chip cookie to dunk in milk.


Chocolate Chunk Cookies
From Debbi Borsick All recipes.com 
Yields about 72 cookies
Bake Time: 12 Minutes

Ingredients
4 1/2 Cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 Cups softened butter
1 1/2 Cups packed brown sugar
1/2 Cup white sugar
2 (3.4 ounce) Package of instant vanilla pudding (or any flavor you like)
4 eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
4 Cups chocolate chunks

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 F
In a large bowl shift together the flour and baking soda and set aside
In a electric mixer cream together the butter, brown and white sugar. Once combined mix in the instant pudding mix, blend well.  Add your eggs and vanilla and mix till combined. Blend in the flour mixture and once fully mixed in add your chocolate chunks. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto a ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 12 minutes and cool on a wire rack.
Make sure you have some milk ready ;)


14 comments:

  1. Wow these look soo good! Loving the chocolate chunks too! Yum!

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    1. Thanks Nish, more chocolate is always better =)

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  2. Haha milk sponges! That's cute. These cookies look really tasty. And isn't it the truth that bringing treats always seems to make a crappy workday so much better?

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    1. =) thanks, and your right its hard to be mad when your eating a cookie

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  3. I love your post. I've never walked around in 50 lbs of gear but being a nurse means lots of 12 hour shifts. After a few of these back-to-back and I'm exhausted. I can only imagine how many milk sponges I would need if I were in your situation. Bet these were amazing!

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    1. I wish I could send you some cookies for your 12 hour shifts. I believe my husband ate three just before going to work and I gave him his own container of cookies to share with his co-workers.

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  4. Wow! That sounds like a though day but hey, look at the bright side, you can keep your slim waistline by eating all your delicious bakes! Sorry, just trying to cheer you up! These chocolate chunk cookies does look good & tempting! So sweet of you to share these yummy cookies with your colleagues even after an exhausting day! I'm sure it brightens up their day! Because I would if I receive these goodies! Have a lovely day, dear Neshanne! :)

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    1. thanks Kit, its nice to share cookies both for my waistline and to help brighten peoples days : )

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  5. wow..looks super tasty & inviting
    new to your space..lovely space you have
    happy following you..:)
    do stop by mine sometime

    Tasty Appetite

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    1. Thanks Jay, i love all the indian inspired dishes on your blog, im following as well

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  6. love your photos!!! oh yeah, AND cookies, lol ... don't forget, picnic time, soon ;-) xxoo

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    1. I haven't forgotten, looking forward to it!

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  7. Wow - sounds like one intense week! How thoughtful to make cookies for your coworkers (and of course yourself).
    I love simple chocolate chip cookies, but have never tried the pudding mix. Sounds like a very interesting addition. :D

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    1. Hi willow thanks so much for the lovely comment, I found that pudding mix really fluffs up the cookie.

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