Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe [real butter + sugar]

I think I told you guys Dave begged for requested some plain ol’ chocolate chip cookies.  I usually experiment with semi-healthy versions of cookies, so apparently he was tired of all of the almond flour, nuts and oats. I tried once to do a basic M+M cookie and ended up with my Strawberry Jello M+M Cookies. Oops. What can I say…I like getting creative.

Honestly, it’s hard for me to make plain cookies. Which is funny because I used to make them all the time as a kid with my mom. She would make her Susie’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies and take them to work all the time. I even remember her having a baking competition with a coworker. I’m pretty sure Mama Sue is the reason I am obsessed with cookies.

classic chocolate chip cookies

I think I stopped making my mom’s chocolate chip cookies due to an incident in high school. My mom makes her cookies with Crisco. The Crisco gives it a certain color and texture; they always turn out very light in color (unless of course you burn them) chewy yet crisp. Well, I brought my mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies to school and was telling a friend that my mom used Crisco in them and she belted out “She uses LARD in COOKIES!!”

My face turned beat red as I tried to laugh along with everyone else, not knowing that Crisco isn’t even the same thing as lard. Lard = animal fat. Crisco = vegetable product.

Anyhow, that event embarrassed me so much I don’t think I touched the stuff for years. Gotta love high school, right?

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{WIAW #71} Keep on Keeping On

Hello Friends! I am officially looking for jobs in the Twin Cities.  The original plan was to start school at the university here in January, which meant re-taking that awful Chemistry II class in Nebraska for the next five weeks (one of those intense Monday through Friday, three labs a week, homework daily, a test each week type of class), so I wasn’t going to be able to work until late August. Yep, this is how I look for jobs.   (4th of July on the Stone Arch bridge) Due to the lovely issue of money and trying to be smart about finances…plans have changed.  The summer class is about twice as expensive as it would be to take during the year PLUS summer financial aid is scarce and I would have to pay out of pocket over a grand for one awful class.  Without a job. I would also have to pay out-of-state tuition here since I won’t qualify as a resident until next June.  It also turns out that once you start at a school as an out-of-state student…that is what you are classified as for the rest of your schooling at that institution.  Great. This here 26 year old gal will have to wait even LONGER to get her bachelor’s degree.  I know I have an associate’s degree, and I am grateful for that, but in this educated nation, that doesn’t seem like a lot. Daddio, me and Grandma Rose Feeling like a bit of a failure when I told my mom about my new plans, she told me she was 32 when she got her first degree!  She got her degree while working full-time and having three kids to boot! She also went back to school (with four kids this time in her fourties) after she got laid off from a job she liked whole a lot, to become a nurse…a job that she was quite frankly put on this earth to do.  No joke. She works in an area where many patients pass away and she just makes those patients and their family members feel comfortable […]

SHN Favorites 6-23-13

Hello Friends! Happy Friday weekend! Oops. (PS have you voted on my new header fonts??  It seems silly but I cannot. make. a. decision!)  I seriously started writing out slash getting the pictures together for this post on Friday, but it got kind of crazy around here. I painted my nails for the first time in…a year?  Then tried writing up this post…didn’t work so well! And not crazy where I couldn’t write a post…more like I was mad that it was raining cats and dogs so Dave had to leave not two hours after arriving home on Friday, worked overnight on the railroad through about 3pm Saturday.  And the entire time neither of us knew how long he would be working so it was just this awful waiting….ugh.  Then he slept most of the day while I played computer games and listened to 30 Rock to get over my grumpiness at not conquering the world Saturday like I had planned. You see not only do I like Dave and get excited to spend the weekend with him…I also like checking things off my to-do list.  And when half of the to-do list involves Dave and he is unconscious after working his butt off on the railroad…that list is tossed out the window. Ya know what though?  It’s a new day!  A day full of possibilities and hope! AND a day to high-light some of my favorites from the past couple of weeks! Favorite Foodie Finds: Strawberry Chocolate Chip Scones from Healthy Slow Cooking Pinned to my Sweet Tooth board on Pinterest here Can I complain just one more time…our oven is broken AGAIN!  Darned rain shut our power off (for only a couple of minutes) and the oven has another error message on it…can’t wait till it gets fixed to do some BAKING! Oatmeal Jam Squares by Erin at Table for Seven Pinned to my Semi-Healthy board on Pinterest here Chocolate Cherry Fruit and Nut Balls by Jenn at Peas and Crayons Pinned to my Snackaroo board on Pinterest here Um yes…I did choose TWO recipes from the lovely […]

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #27} Baking Itch

 Hello Friends! I have the itch. The baking itch. I mean it hasn’t been that long since my last baking excursion…but a week is long enough!  I am getting ready to head out for the weekend to hang out at the hotel that is Dave (the BF)’s home most of the time and I won’t be able to satisfy it there. For now I have these yummy eats from very talented bloggers around the web to stare at and get the wheels turning for my next round of baking.  Which will hopefully be next week…otherwise that’s a long time to be itchy! More about my Friday Five Foodie Finds here. Colossal Cookies by Lauren at Climbing Grier Mountain Oh how I adore textured cookies!  Or just any cookie!  And these look ginormous! Sex in a Pan by Chocolate Covered Katie Pretty sure that’s the first time the word “sex” has ever been on the blog.  Let’s see how the search terms change to get to this blog, shall we?  But about the actual dessert…I didn’t realize there were raisins in it!  Ewwie!  I will have to substitute something…maybe craisins? Stuffed Cherry Blossom Sugar Cookies I’m pretty sure yummy things stuffed in other yummy things is a crowd pleaser and I am definitely going to be making something similar very soon!  Also, hello pretty photography!  Baby Banana Quinoa Muffins by Gina at the Fitnessista These are meant for babies, but I want to try them!  I STILL have not touched quinoa, which seems to be a foodie blogger sin, so I better get to it! Skinny Cake Balls by Gina at Skinny Taste Well a day too late, but the base recipe will still last throughout the year.  Skinny cake balls!  Who knew, right?  I know the outside is the same as a normal cake ball/pop, but the inside is a bit healthier with egg whites and greek yogurt.  Who’s birthday is coming up? I will be pinning all of these to my Friday Five Foodie Finds Pinterest board! Wish me luck on my 4-ish hour drive to nowhere, Nebraska! *~Amanda […]

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #26}

 Happy Friday Friends! I’m bringing back Friday Five Foodie Finds!  Maybe.  I tend to have commitment issues when it comes to blogging since this is supposed to be a hobby.  But I will likely be looking more for good recipes that I can make at my new apartment because I feel a little in a cooking rut.  I also feel like I’m at someone else’s apartment so I think cooking/baking will help me feel more at home. Friday Five Foodie Finds is all about showcasing other bloggers’ foods that I saved at one point or another to try to make (or that looks awesome).  No Bake Stuffed Cookie Dough Bites by Picky Palate It looks like I saved this link in October!  They still look amazingly decadent (like it would have changed…?).  Not at all healthy.  But sweets have their place in a semi-healthy diet!  These are similar to the cookie-ina-cookie I made a LONG time ago, except I baked those. Pesto Veggie Manicotti by Peas and Crayons This is the same gal I link my WIAW posts up to.  Not only does she host one of the biggest link-ups I’ve seen…but this gal can cook!  This will hopefully be making its way into my new kitchen soon. Spinach Parmesan Quinoa Bites by So Very Blessed I still have yet to make anything with quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) even though I see it on practically every blog I read.  This blogger has a lot of other quinoa bite recipes including Cheesy Quinoa Bites. Salted Mocha Cookies from Bake Your Day Another trend in the foodie world is salted sweets.  Although I was apprehensive of this idea, I made some Salted Candy Bar cookies and they were awesome.  The contrast of the salty and sweet is perfect in a cookie, so why not try these lovely cookies? Crockpot Italian Sloppy Joes by Skinny Taste I haven’t used my crock-pot in awhile and this will be a good excuse to!  I like that she put spinach on top of the meat because that definitely seems like something I would do. I hope you […]

{Recipe Round-Up} What to Take to Thanksgiving

 Hello Friends! Are you a host or an invader? This is the question I overheard someone asking at school the other day while talking about Thanksgiving break.  I’m assuming it was a cheeky way of saying “Are you having people over for Thanksgiving or going over to someone else’s house?” If you are a host, you probably have a menu figured out already.  You can still check this post out for potential Christmas dinner goodies.  But if you are an attendee like me, you don’t want to end up in that awkward situation where everyone has brought some sort of food to the party and you haven’t.  That happened to me once, I felt like a huge mooch, never again. I’ve rounded up some semi-healthy treats so that us “invaders” don’t experience the awkwardness of showing up empty handed! (Also, have you checked out my apron giveaway?  Aprons are a great gift and essential this time of the year!  Go enter and come back to check out the goodies!) Whole Wheat  Choc-PB Chip Oat Cookies Banana Chocolate Chip Confetti Bars Apple Cider Cupcakes Whole Wheat Lemon Doodle Cookies Nutty Cookie Bar Oatmeal Bread (Healthy and Sweet Version) No Bake Peanutbutter Party Treats Pumpkin Spiced Orange-Soaked Muffins Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Cookies Banana Spiced Muffin Top Cookies Semi-Healthy M&M Cookies Oatmeal Bites Also, check out my post on Semi-Healthy party tips.  Tips on how to not go overboard like we tend to over the holidays.  Believe you me, I will be reviewing this post as well! For more recipes and ideas, check out my Recipes tab and Foodie Finds tab. I will be back this week for another Thankful Thursday link-up and a recipe for ya!   *~Amanda aka Semi-Health Nut~* What are your Thanksgiving plans?Are you a host or invader? Linking up to:

Whole Wheat Chocolate-Peanut Chip Oat Cookies

Hello Friends! Now say this 10 times fast! Yes, it’s a long name for a cookie, but I have so many cookie recipes that I really need to get more specific.  I wanted to name them semi-healthy delights, but will I remember what exactly that means a year from now when I’m looking for the recipe? Yes, I do go through my own data base on this blog when I want to make something I blogged about.  In theory, the recipe is also somewhere in my house on a notecard or a scrap of paper…but seriously how awesome is it to be able to get online and type a couple of words to find a favorite recipe? Okay, enough about one of my favorite perks to having a foodie blog!  Onto the cookies! I mixed up some of these a couple of weekends ago (referenced these delightful cookies in my last WIAW post) and Dave and I enjoyed the dough, but I did manage to bake up a few of them on Election Day. Whole Wheat Chocolate-Peanut Chip Oat Cookies by Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Keywords: bake dessert chocolate chips oatmeal whole wheat flour cookie Ingredients (12-15 cookies) 1 egg 2 TBS melted butter 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup white sugar (sugar can be reduced in this recipe…the chocolate and peanut butter chips make the cookie plenty sweet) 2/3 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup quick oats (you can use old fashioned, but the texture will be different) 1 tsp almond extract 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips 1/4 cup peanut butter baking chips Instructions Mix together egg, melted butter and sugars. Add oats. In a separate bowl, mix the rest of dry ingredients except for the baking chips. Slowly mix in dry ingredients to wet. Then add baking chips. Refrigerate at least an hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake 10 minutes and let sit on the baking sheet an extra 5 minutes then enjoy! Powered by Recipage […]

Banana Spiced Muffin Top Cookies

Hello Friends! Sometimes an accident can be a wonderful thing.  Take these Banana Spiced Muffin Top Cookies, for example. I was going for cookies, but the texture and taste were so close to that of a banana muffin that I couldn’t just call them a cookie.  And of course they don’t really look like muffins…they look like muffin tops! And of course when I told Dave (the BF) that they turned out like muffin tops, he asked if they were whole grain and no fat.  No, not because he is on a diet (although he kind of is), because it reminded him of a song from 30 Rock that I sang over and over when I first heard it. (Don’t mind the scantily clad women…and erotic noises?  I couldn’t find a clip from the show but you can get the idea here.) Back to the delightful muffin top cookies. {Print Recipe} What You Need: 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour 1 egg 1 stick of butter (at room temperature or melted a little) 1 ripe mashed banana 3/4 cup brown sugar 20 drops NuNaturals vanilla sweetener (substituted for 1/4 cup sugar) 1 tsp maple flavoring 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp all spice 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder cinnamon sugar (enough to sprinkle the cookie dough) How To Make: Cream together wet ingredients.   In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients.   Add to wet ingredients and refrigerate for at least an hour.   Scoop dough with a spoon and roll into balls.   Roll balls into cinnamon sugar OR use your handy-dandy Trader Joe’s cinnamon sugar grinder. Place on a non-stick pan (or pammed pan) and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F. Enjoy with tea or coffee.  They are helpful study buddies, and are especially good while you are hanging out reading blogs. P.S. Is any one else having a crazy allergy day??I was fine until after my cardio class (the last one by the way!) and it was like an itchy feather started tickling my nose and caused it to run like a flippin faucet.  It […]

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #23} Sweet Tooth Day

 Hello Friends! I just looked at my google countdown and eek!  Only a month left until I head  back to school! I’m sad the summer is half-way over since I’ve been having so much fun with blogging things, writing lots of guest posts (three new ones will be up on blogs next Tuesday and another one I need to write today!!), reading, doing Foodie Penpals, going out of town…and babysitting the cutest twins ever created!  “old” picture of them…before they were walking I just found out that my little twinies are going to be starting daycare soon, so I won’t be able to play with them as much…breaks my heart…and I’m not even their mom! I’m happy I get to see them today!  (Even though they are teething with a cold.) It’s time for another Friday Five Foodie Finds post!  I like to check out what other food bloggers have going on around the web and am showcasing my favorite finds. My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie at A Tender Crumb Um a picture says a thousand words?  I’m pretty sure the first hundred would be “YUMMM!!”(I pinned this deliciousness to my Sweet Tooth board on my pinterest account.) Protein French Toast by Heather at Kiss my Broccoli (I pinned this to my Friday Five Foodie Finds board on my pinterest account.) Cake Batter Protein Pudding by Heather at Kiss My Broccoli Yep, Heather, my blend, made it into the Friday Five Foodie Finds twice!  Can I help it that she had some amazing food the past couple of weeks?? (This beautiful creation is pinned to my Semi-Healthy page on my pinterest account.) Brandy and Peach Popsicles by Kelly at Little Wonders Days Yummy adult popsicles with real fruit! (I pinned these yummy popsicles to my Friday Five Foodie Finds board on my pinterest account.) Healthy Cake Batter Cookie Dough Dip by Katie at Chocolate-Covered Katie After I drooled on my keyboard a bit, I asked Katie what the heck you dip into these kinds of dips.  She said “Fruit, graham crackers, pretzels, use as icing, top pancakes, etc.”  So imaginitive […]

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #22} Housekeeping

 Hello Friends! This post almost didn’t happen today.   For my Friday Five Foodie Finds posts, I have been trying to just let the finds come to me…and try to not search for them in order to post every single Friday.  (Does that even make sense?) Well, after hanging out with my good friend Emily to help her with some blog things (including an exciting giveaway from her home business to YOU!)…I got excited about blogging and looked for the other two recipes to do a post.  I know, I am silly.  I just can’t help getting excited about blogging sometimes. It’s a great way to get my thoughts out there, like yesterday’s faith post.  It’s not even about the feedback, although I truly appreciate the comments and fellowship (seriously thank you and I love you all), but it’s like a diary to me. An interactive diary with pretty pictures where I can occasionally teach someone something new.  And learn in the process.  Pretty awesome right? Speaking of blogging things…a little housekeeping issue.  (Why does “housekeeping” make me think of Tommy Boy?)  It’s about the Semi-Healthy Blog Facebook Page.   First of all: I would really appreciate if you’d head over and “like” my Facebook page.  You can participate in discussions, be up-to-date on new blog posts, and often be inspired by random quotes I post. Secondly: With Facebook’s new policy, only 7% of people that ‘like’ a fan page will see the updates. To see all of my blog posts, giveaways, photos, inspirational quotes and such, just go to Semi-Healthy Blog page & click/hover over the ‘Liked’ button (beneath the cover photo) & activate the ‘show in news feed’ option (see photo above). (Sorry for the inconvenience!)Everyone got the Facebook thing straightened out?  Good!  Onto more fun things… Here are some of the lovely recipes I’ve come across the past couple of weeks and am promising myself that I will try! Mini Banana Cream Pies by Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats Pure adorableness.  And it’s even semi-healthy…banana slice on each mini cream pie! Tomato Pesto Pizza by Kelly at Semi-Homemade […]

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #21}

 Hello Friends! It’s Friday!  And unlike most people I am not trying to just make it through the day…I have the day off!  I do, however work tomorrow at the Farmer’s Market and my babysitting job.    So I am trying to enjoy this lovely, if rainy, day. On the agenda is getting my Foodie Pen Pal box together and mail it out.  I am doing something homemade, however I can’t decide what to do.  I made those Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Cookies last week…intending some of those to go into the box.  Nope.  Only one left. I have a nice list for my Friday Five Foodie Finds this week.  Maybe I will use one of these recipes? When I first started doing these posts, I would search for recipes with the intention of putting them in my post so that I could post every single week.  Now I am much more laid back and just let it happen.  This means I might only post every 2 or 3 weeks, but these are recipes that I truely drooled over and want to try out. Soft Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies by Chocolate Covered Katie Cookies are my favorite.  Soft cookies make my mouth happy.  These look amazing and as usual, Katie made these healthier than a usual cookie.  If she hadn’t already established the most awesome healthy baking blog, I would probably start one similar.  But for some reason, I feel like I can’t hold a candle to some of her recipes.  She actually recently got contacted by a “major publisher” to write a cook book.  I am jealous of the publisher part but I really don’t think I would want to have the pressure of writing a cook book.  Some other sort of book, yes. Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies by Jenn at Peas and Crayons Jenn shares her yummy recipes with such charm that sometimes I just want to sit and drool and read her blog all day.  Plus her photography is so creative…it makes me want to set up my own photo corner in the house and buy […]

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #19}

 Hello Friends! I am excited to share some yummy Friday Five Foodie Finds with you this week! Don’t forget to grab a button if you were featured! I will have to make it brief as the kiddos I’m babysitting are eating breakfast and who knows how long I will have before they are ready to play!  (Am I complaining??  Heck no!  I’m getting paid to hang out with two adorable kids!) Homemade Trader Joes Chili Lime Chicken Burgers by Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats These are grilled chicken and veggie patties smothered in guac in my favorite whole wheat sandwich thins.  Mouth watering yet??  Mine sure is! Chicken Rollups Via Jenna’s Journey I originally saw these on pinterest and knew they had to go on my Foodie Finds.  I am thinking of making a similar version but adding some broccoli and spinach for a little semi-healthiness. Raspberry Easter Egg Cupcakes via Krissy’s Creations I cannot stop drooling over these raspberry cupcakes!  There are actually fresh raspberries in these little creations.

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #18}

Happy Friday Friends! Well I was going to run 6 miles this morning.   Then when my alarm clock went off I convinced myself I should just run after class…and therefore right before work. We will see how that goes huh?  With warm temps and little time to run a distance that I’m not sure I’ve ever run before?  Will I make it to work on time to serve the folks coming into the wing-n-beer joint to watch March Maddness? I suppose that does give me time to do my Friday Five Foodie Finds this morning! Gotta look on the bright side, right? Stacked Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas by Perry’s Plate adapted from The Roasted Vegetable This recipe needs to happen in my kitchen and fast.  I saw it a couple of weeks ago and was drooling the whole week.  So many veggies!! Chia Seed Peanutbutter Cookies from Yummy Mummy Kitchen guest-posting at The Realistic Nutritionist I made cookies similar to these, however I did not use eggs at all.  I am curious to see how these would turn out! Nutella Poptarts by Karen Milling at Blog Her Um poptarts were consumed by me almost daily in highschool.  Brown-sugar cinnamon to be exact.  Homemade poptarts?  Yes please! Oatmeal Smoothies via Martha Stewart I’ve been wanting to make fruit smoothies lately to get some fruit in my life.  (Did you see my Berry Healthy Fruit Smoothie??  SO GOOD!)  This one has oatmeal in it so I am so curious as to whether it tastes good…it sure looks pretty doesn’t it? Do you think Martha Stewart herself came up with this idea?  And decided to use this cup?  I always wonder… Shrimp Pasta with Tomato and Basil via Inspired Taste This looks so fresh and summery AND semi-healthy!  I have never cooked with shrimp before and this seems like a new adventure to me! Please check out Inspired Taste‘s blog.  The recipes are so creative and the photography so wonderful.  (Hopefully you will not ditch my pathetic blog once you see theirs…) If you were featured on my Friday Five Foodie Finds list, feel free […]