Twist Cookies

My childhood was not as colorful as the others. There are some things worth remembering… but most them, best to forget. The thing is, forgetting is not a headache that will go away after taking a pain reliever. There are some things in our lives that we don’t want to remember or some situations that we are not ready to face. Sometimes, we think that getting away from it is a solution. Well, maybe not facing them for some time helps – but one day, we have to face the monsters.

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To make the story short –

Long years back, there was one thing that happened to me that made me lost my trust to everyone. I kept the hatred for too long, the anger. There were many questions that left unanswered. I forgave, but I did not forget. One day, I woke up like a new person – hatred was gone, anger was gone. Since then, I felt that I am ready to face whatever monster comes my way. When I took my time-off, aside from reuniting my with relatives and other loved ones, I also took the risk to see if I can handle the situation I was once scared of. Blessedly, no unwanted situations took place.

During my absence, I got the chance to spend time with my loved ones – chat and cook for them. There were relatives that I haven’t seen in years… meaning, that became our reunion. The last time we saw each other was more than eight years ago and I was a different person that time – let’s say I choose the people I want to socialize with. (Well, I had reasons why, a valid one.) Anyway, when they saw me and we sat together for a chat, they were surprised how funny I was and how we got along so well. Hmm, I am a changed person now. 😀 Of course, cooking for them was one of the best things I did. I fed more than 2 dozens of people and I was really stunned when 2 kg of pasta was gone in less than 30 minutes, as well as 2 kg of beef and 2 kg of chicken. Whew! I was always tired… uh, let’s make that EXHAUSTED… but I was happy – happy to see the smile on their faces, happy to hear their laughs.

My point is –

Life is unpredictable. We all have our dark days, ups and downs… but just keep a little prayer on your pocket and nothing is impossible.

You don’t always get what you want. You don’t always want what you get.

Life is twisted. Life is black and white.

thenotsocreativecook-TwistCookies2Cookies are sometimes black, sometimes white. Unlike the monsters in real life, cookie monsters are the only monsters we should not be scared of… not unless they take all these cookies I have – which dark ones are not as dark as the darkest days of life. And oh well, the white ones are just as happy as sweetest days. ❤

thenotsocreativecook-TwistCookiesThese are cookies with white and dark – vanilla and chocolate in one. Can they get any better?? I am one of those cookie monsters, but you are lucky as I am sharing these and bringing these over Angie @ The Novice Gardener for Fiesta Friday #40 which, btw, I and Margy @ La Petite Casserole are co-hosting today! Wohooo! 😀 😀 😀

And it’s time to pass what you have to me and Margy… uh, I mean put it on the table. 😀

Happy FF#40!

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Margy is one of the best people I have met in the blogging world – she has a soft heart that makes us love her even more. To add, her blog is AH-MAH-ZING! Really, you should bumped into her and take some of her foods. 😀

Okay, let me just take my drink and chat with you, FF people. 😉 Enjoy the party!!!

Twist Cookies

Ingredients

For the white chocolate cookie dough: 

  • 7 tbsp butter, softened, unslated
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

For the dark chocolate cookie dough: 

  • 7 tbsp butter, softened, unsalted
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions:

For the white chocolate cookie dough: 

  1. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Take about 1 tbsp and place in another bowl with the dark chocolate chips. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, add in butter and sugar. Beat until pale and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add in egg, vanilla and milk. Mix well.
  3. In a heatproof bowl, add in white chocolate chips. Microwave at low for 1-2 minutes (or until melted), mixing every after 15 seconds interval. Add this to the wet ingredients and combine well.
  4. Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  5. Add in dark chocolate chips and mix again until just combined.

For the dark chocolate cookie dough: 

  1. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Take about 1 tbsp and place in another bowl with the white chocolate chips. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, add in butter and sugar. Beat until pale and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add in egg, vanilla and milk. Mix well.
  3. In a heatproof bowl, add in dark chocolate chips. Microwave at low for 1-2 minutes (or until melted), mixing every after 15 seconds interval. Add this to the wet ingredients and combine well.
  4. Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  5. Add in dark chocolate chips and mix again until just combined.

Baking the cookies: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Prepare 2 (or more) baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Using different scoops, scoop 1 tbsp white cookie dough and chocolate cookie dough. Glue them together and re-shape them into balls.
  3. Place them into the prepare baking sheets, flatten them slightly. Make sure not to over crowd the pan, leaving two inches away from each other.
  4. Bake for about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and leave in the baking pans for two minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to continue cooling.

Recipe from Cooking Classy

 

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91 thoughts on “Twist Cookies

  1. So true, Jhuls! The blacks and whites are all here. We all get our share in some shape or form. But the magic is how we can squeeze whatever goodness is there in the black (if there is) and relish it with the sweetness of white. Going on is the recipe i believe! 😀
    Wonderful cookies! I am surely going to try these! Have a nice week ahead! 😀

    1. Very well said, Anugya. I couldn’t agree more. Thank you so much for being here. And I hope you’d let me know how you like these cookies when you make them. Happy Tuesday! ❤

  2. I loved the post Jhuls… so many things that tugged at my heart strings..and emotions that wouldnt let go even after finishing it… and the cookies…. ah…. Your the Magical cookie monster 😉 Stay Blessed… ❤

    1. It’s my pleasure to share a part of me, Aunt Juju. You (and the other blogging friends) is now holding a big part in my life. Thank you for being here. ❤

  3. I really wonderful post Jhuls; thought provoking and a timely reminder to let go. Thanks for sharing a bit of you, thanks for co-hosting and thanks for these wonderful cookies too xx hugs xx

    1. I once told myself that I would not be able to let go of the anger as long as I live – but life is indeed full of miracles that I woke up like a new person. I mean, the anger was with me for like ten years and poof, only one night and gone. Thank you so much for being here, Selma. ❤ Hugs back…

  4. Such an inspiring post, Jhuls. Great- and brave- to share with all of us too. Thanks for co-hosting FF this week- I feel lame that I brought vanilla and chocolate cookies and didn’t “twist” them!! You are always one step ahead of me!

    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful words. I appreciate you being here. I am glad you liked the post and the cookies as well. 🙂 Have an awesome day. ❤

  5. Very touching post Jhuls. .. The lines mentioned towards end are sooo true. .. love the way you have overcome the tough situations. .. thanx for sharing with us…
    Your cookies are mind blowing love chocolate- vanilla fusion there… yummm

    1. Thank you, Chitra. I know others may not believe that my blogging friends (including you, of course) helped me to become a happier person. I am always happy to see you here. ❤

  6. Great post Jhuls. Life is unpredictable but be always optimistic and keep smiling. Your twisted cookies are so appealing and yummy. Thank you for co-hosting this week FF! Have a superb weekend ❤

    1. I wish I could tell my brain to let go of the negative thoughts. But with the blogging friends and the blog I have now, I don’t think my brain has a space for negatives anymore. 😀 Thanks, Linda. It’s so nice to see you here. ❤

  7. Wow Jhuls! I loved reading your post! It resonated with me to a degree and I love the part of forgiving! 🙂 Very inspirational! & I absolutely love the cookies!!! You are right the dark and the white of cookies can make us equally happy! 😀

  8. Jhuls – what a heart-warming and heart-wrenching, sad and uplifting, wonderful and wise post. YOU are amazing! I am so glad to know you through the blogging world and consider you a friend! I truly admire your honesty and openness about the challenges life brings and the way you have handled and are moving forward and making a positive impact. Stay true to who you are, because you are very special! These cookies look Amazing too!!!! xo ❤

    1. Awww, thank you, Jodi. I am so blessed to have known you as well. ❤

      Did you see my birthday post with your card in it? 😀

      Thanks for being here, btw. Have a safe and lovely day!

  9. What a lovely post my dear and I can completely relate to it. I am so pleased it all turned out well in the end. That aside, please ship some of those scrumptious cookies over to me please?! 😘💕

  10. I feel for you, Jhuls – most families I know (and that includes mine, for sure!) have a couple of skeletons in the cupboard (or sitting in the open, at the kitchen table). To find a way to negotiate the hurt and the pain takes time, and I am glad you found a way to deal with it. Your twisted cookies show me you can take it all with a pinch of salt 😉

  11. Jhuls, this is a very touching post and I am so glad you were able to overcome the anger and resentment and became as you say a different person 🙂 Life really is twisted, as you say and sometimes you cant help but ask ‘why me?’ and yet thats just how it is. Love these cookies though, black and white and twisted and of course AWESOME!! Happy FF!

    1. When that thing happened, I kept asking “Why me?”, but yes, that’s how it is. I kept on praying and believing that one day, I will be out of that situation… and I did it. 😀 I am glad you are here, Naina. And you know what, on those times, I only trusted one person at home and that’s my sister named Naina. 😀

  12. Too true Jhuls. But this is the beauty of being human, I think. That we do get to choose how we will handle all the situations that we come across in life. How wonderful that you have come to the other side of this situation and can now see it differently. I love how your recipe ties in with your personal story. Your cookies look really tempting. 🙂

    1. Before, I handle the situation with anger and not talking. I thought that would help – I mean that was my way of showing the people that I don’t agree. I was afraid to fight back or to defend myself. But I am now – no monster could get in my way. 😀 Thank you, Chef Julianna. ❤

  13. Every one who reads your post could relate to it I am sure, including me. And you are right about the cookies. We ARE lucky you shared them with us. Please Oh Please two extra for me 😀

    1. I’d always love to save some for you, skd. 😀 Ahh, sometimes, I wish what could have been if I had a happier childhood and what could have been if I was a stronger person back then? Anyway, I don’t know. But I am glad I am a happier and stronger person now. 🙂

  14. love the post…so true, life is so unpredictable …but the secret is the way in which we face situations… and the cookies … oooh i wish i could make them so perfectly you did! They’re delicious, isn’t it? i wanna eat one right now!

  15. Aww, thanks for sharing your life and your goodies with us today Jhuls. Life can be so cruel sometimes can’t it? I’m so happy that it had a happy ending though, you are one tough cookie, and your own cookies will vanish at FF. 🙂 Thanks for co-hosting by the way.

  16. I, too had a rough childhood. It was one bad situation after another. My adulthood would prove to be somewhat better, but not free of challenges. My life now, at almost 40 is probably the best life has ever been. I guess sometimes, God just lets us go through things to grow us into the people He wants us to be… your cookies look great and I’m so glad to know you have let go of your past and are happier now!! xo

  17. Someone once said that we can’t control what people say and do but we can control how it effects us. Sometimes walking away is healthiest. I am very very happy that we have the kind and loving creative Jhuls. I may be making these cookies today for a little spook gathering tonight. It looks perfect!

    1. I agree. Sometimes, we let our feelings control us and when we feel angry or we have so much hatred going on inside, that could be unhealthy. Thank you for being here, Julie. ❤

  18. Your thoughts are very nicely worded, Jhuls. You’re right, keeping a prayer in the pocket really helps us through unpredictable times. Cute cookies to go with the narration, too. Thank you for co-hosting FF again!

  19. This is a wonderful post and I so enjoyed reading your personal account. You were graced with a sudden relief from the anger and resentment, that is wonderful! For many, anger and resentments either eat them up from the inside, or it takes years of “work” to “work through” them. Life is a gift and you are too!!!!!!!

  20. Well said Jhuls, great post and thank you for sharing not only your story but these amazing cookies, I’ve always wondered how these are made!!! They look delicious! 🙂

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