Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies

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There is something about a lazy summer weekend that makes you just want to curl up on the couch, watch a mindless romantic comedy and eat a bowl of popcorn…. and some fresh baked cookies. What could possibly be better? What if you combined the popcorn and cookies together? Sound amazing? I think so!  The dark chocolate chunks in this recipe play off of the buttered popcorn. And a little extra sprinkling of sea salt is the perfect finish.

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Gather all of the ingredients.

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In the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat together 1/2 cup of unsalted, room temperature, butter with 1/2 cup tightly packed light brown sugar and 1/3 cup granulated sugar. Beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

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Add in 1 large egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and beat until incorporated, remember to scrape down the bowl as needed.

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Fold in 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour,  1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Until just incorporated.

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Fold in 4 cups of popped buttered popcorn. You can either use bagged popped corn or you can pre-pop your own kernals. Whatever floats your boat – it does not matter either way! This may seem like a lot of popcorn but trust me, it breaks down as you fold it into the dough.

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Finally fold in 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips {dark is key here – they are SOOO good. But if you only have semi-sweet they will do too}.

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Scoop into dough onto baking sheets fitted with parchment paper or Silpat mats and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool completely.

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Enjoy!

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Happy Baking!

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For a printer-friendly version of this recipe click here:  Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies

xoxo,

Post by Ali: Papery & Cakery

recipe adapted from joythebaker.com

Turtle Nursery, Two Ways

This turtle crib bedding can be styled many different ways. Here are two- pick your favorite!

Choose from Quirky Modern or Warm & Rustic.

TURTLE NURSERY

Quirky Modern
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Hanging Around Ceiling Lamp, $99
Tricolor Wall Shelf, $59
Fable Monogram Wall Decals, $59
Flokati Fluff Rug, $229
Color Reference Drawers, $99
See Turtles Crib Bedding, $29-$109

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Four Story Wooden Wall Shelf, $149
What’s Your Sign Framed Wall Art, $89
Tug o Lamp, $99
ducduc ™ for Nod: Oslo Crib, $1,399
Doily Floor Bin, $29
See Turtles Crib Bedding, $29-$109

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By Anna Passadori

Anna develops and designs exclusive product for The Land of Nod. She hails from the west coast and has traveled the world to source product. She loves anything Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola or stripes! (So, if anyone can get a photo of Sofia Coppola wearing a striped outfit by Marc Jacobs, please send it along.)

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Collaborative pretend play (also called "dramatic play")  is essential for building language, learning everyday scripts, rules of play and social norms, perspective-taking, turn-taking and a host of other important early childhood skills.  I thought Avery would love running a bakery, so I gathered all of her pretend baked goods which included an assortment of breads, cupcakes, a cake and a pie.  I also threw in a couple of strawberries, measuring spoons and jars of jam and honey.  A couple of other details that helped complete Avery's bakery counter were Nod blocks spelling out the word "bakery," a bell for customers to ring and hanging oven mitts. A rainbow felt garland added some colorful whimsy to the setting as well.  We talked about the kinds of items that bakeries sell and how customers visit and buy things with money.

Sources: Play food collected over the last few years (from IKEAHaba ToysPlan Toys), wooden trays (Plan Toys), cake stands (Macy's), oven mitts and apron (Anthropologie), bakery boxes (Susiecakes) and play money (Sanrio).

Post by Michelle Sterling of Avery and Augustine

You can see her work and read about her two young children's first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

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Raechel Myers blogs at Finding My Feet. She's a self-proclaimed 'font nerd', and when she's not elbow deep in her next DIY project, you'll likely find her happily buried under a pile of library books with her kiddos or sneaking chocolate covered almonds out of the pantry when nobody's looking!