What do chocolate chip cookies and self care have to do with each other? Find out more in this blog! Includes cookie recipe 😉
Hello dear reader! Thank you for being here. First of all, I’d like to apologize for my absence. I know that this is my blog and that I don’t really have the obligation to upload something weekly or even daily, but I do feel like I’ve let you down a bit. And myself, with that. However, I’d also like to thank you for still being here. Even though I haven’t posted anything in a while, I still see a steady flow of visitors which makes me incredibly happy. 🙂
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to the important part(s), shall we?! The recipe for the hazelnut and chocolate chip cookies is down below, but I’d like to start with the self care part. You see, I haven’t been in a fantastic mood lately. As mentioned before I’m dealing with anxiety, and do so by following two days of therapy a week. Intense, yes! But also really good. So far (I’m 1 month in) I’ve already learned so much about myself, and I experience a lot of support from my fellow group(therapy) mates and loved ones.
However, it also unleashes a lot of feelings. As many others I’m pretty good in telling myself and the world I’m okay, because that’s simply way more easy than dealing with actual, scary feelings! I know I’m not the only one 😉 When I’m not okay, I’d rather not tell anyone. Not my family, not my friends or boyfriend, and not even myself. Naturally, I also rather pretend everything is A-OK on the internet, too. Bothering the internet with my problems seems… selfish, in a way.
When I started my snail mail / letter / creative instagram account (ThePaperLetterBlog) however, that all started to change. All of a sudden I came in contact with so many people, both on Instagram as well as through my letters with new penpal friends, that were also not okay. I’ve always been an advocate of talking about mental health, and today I decided to dedicate not just a blog but a recipe to this, too.
This blog is getting longer and longer, but I promise I’m getting to the good part! Also, if you’d like to read more (upcoming) posts about mental health and self care, I’d like to notify you that I started a new website: www.thepaperletter.wordpress.com!
Self care chocolate chip cookies
So, how did I get to this whole “self care chocolate chip cookies” blog idea? Well, let me just start by saying that today is quite the bad day. And I have been feeling ‘meh’ all weekend. I wasn’t really sure what I could do to make myself feel better, and I didn’t really get any energy from constantly Netflixing, reading and playing video games, either. And then I started making this ‘self care’ list in my bullet journal. (I’m going to dedicate a separate blog to that on The Paper Letter, so don’t forget to subscribe to my Instagram account ThePaperLetterBlog or website if you’d like to stay up to date!)
Anyway, I decided that it was a good idea to try something from that list to cheer myself up, right? Naturally, I included “bake something” to that list, I mean… I’m still a foodie! So I started thinking about recipes I wanted to try. My mind wandered to my all-time favourite ingredient to use, that will always cheer me up: fresh vanilla. Also, one can never go wrong with chocolate… And I still have those high quality chocolate chips that I also used for these chocolate chip waffles or – one of my favourite recipes – chocolate chip espresso brownies.
As you could probably tell by the title of this blog, my favourite idea was chocolate chip cookies! However, they are not your regular chocolate chip cookies, trust me. No, I used some of the best ingredients! Butter, real vanilla bean, sugar (because sugar and butter free baking is fine for experimenting, but NOT when you’re in need of self care!), hazelnuts…. I am typing this blog while my third batch of cookies is in the oven and let me tell you: it smells incredibly delicious. And I am starting to see things in a bit of a better perspective – for the first time this week.
After that list of ingredients I don’t think I have to add more reasons for you to see why those cookies should go on your self care list, but I’m going to do it anyway:
- Chocolate improves your mood.
- Not only do the cookies smell amazing – the smell of vanilla actually makes you feel better, too.
- You can share these cookies with your friends or keep them all to yourself, whichever makes you feel better 😉
- If you don’t feel like baking the whole batch, you can store the leftover dough in the freezer.
- You’ll feel incredibly proud, happy and HUNGRY when you see those perfect golden brown cookies come out of the oven…
Okay okay, according to Yoast SEO (a WordPress plugin that helps me write most effectively) I already have a text that’s coming close to being too long. So I’ll leave it at this for now 😉 I promise I’ll upload more self care tips and tricks to my other website soon, so stay posted!
If you’re ever in need of someone to talk to about self care, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You are never the only one.
Other website: www.thepaperletter.wordpress.com
In my first two batches of cookies, I didn’t add any chopped hazelnuts. This is because I wanted to share them with my friends at therapy, and one of them is allergic to nuts. Just so you know why some cookies are more filled than others!
Also, adding the milk might make your dough very wet. Do not worry, this will be gone once it has been in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Feel free to swap out some of the chocolate for more hazelnuts, or vice versa. You can also replace the hazelnuts with e.g. peanuts, almonds or even some dried fruit.
Hazelnut and chocolate chip cookies
- 125 g butter room temperature
- 110 g white sugar
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 45 ml milk
- 1 vanilla bean
- 80 g self-raising flour
- 170 g flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 150 g chocolate chips or roughly chopped chocolate good quality
- 50-100 g roughly chopped hazelnuts
Whip together the butter with the brown and white sugar. Scrape the seeds out of the vanilla bean and add to the mix. Put the (emptied) vanilla beans in a small bowl, and cover with 45 ml milk. Microwave for 30-60 seconds, until it's hot but not boiling. Set aside to cool down.
Sift together the self-raising flour, flour and baking powder. Add this to the butter mixture, and knead together. Add the pinch of salt, the chocolate and the hazelnuts and knead into a ball of dough.
Squeeze the last vanilla seeds out of the soaked beans. Add the vanilla milk mixture to the dough, and knead through one more time. The mixture might feel very wet, but it will improve after it's cooled down. Cover with foil, and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Take around a tablespoon of dough, roll it into a ball and place on an oven rack with baking parchment. Press slightly. Place as many on the rack as fit, with about 2-3 cm in between. Put the remaining dough back into the fridge.
Bake the cookies for around 16-18 minutes, or until nice and golden brown. Let them cool slightly, and transfer to a rack to cool down completely. Store in an airtight container for around a couple of weeks.