chocolate malted whopper drops


I’m a pusher, plain and simple. My friends can vouch for this and you, gentle readers, probably can, too.

The thing is, we all work hard. I don’t care if you do a 9-5 office-type job, a stand-on-your-feet-all-day job, a mom job, a dad job, a super-secret-spy job: you are working your butt off. And you deserve to treat yo-self! Sometimes that means a new purse. Other times, a relaxing vacation. In my world, it almost always means baked goods.

To me, there are few desserts more perfect than a delicious, chocolatey cookie. Which is why Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops totally siren-songed me. How can I resist chocolate and my FAVORITE candy (Whopper it up!) rolled into a single, amazing treat? The answer is, I can’t. So I made a full batch of these to share at work…not before I sampled a few, of course. Safety first.

These are really simple to pull together. Just 10 or 15 minutes of your time will produce a bowl of sweet, sweet batter. And three batches of cookies later, you’ll have a fantastic display of chocolate discs almost too pretty to eat. Almost being the operative word.

I tried these with a glass of cold milk and a cup of coffee. Both were fantastic. And, hey, you can’t go wrong with a cookie served over some vanilla bean ice cream. YUM.

So what are you waiting for?

zucchini goat cheese pizza


Where the heck did June go? I distinctly remember flipping my calendar at work and thinking, “Smell ya later, May showers.” I admired the picture that would become my June view (a porch in Tuscany…yes, I own a calendar of porch views. Don’t judge me). And then apparently life happened (birthdays, graduations, a four year anniversary (!), cook outs, a trip to the beach, etc.), and I neglected my poor, little blog. If this blog was a kid, CPS would’ve been called ages ago. Maybe if this blog cried or smelled bad when I ignored it, then I’d be more inclined to check in. Hear that, WordPress gods? A stinky blog is an updated blog. Just an FYI.

But I’m back now with a new-found resolve to keep the cobwebs off this tiny internet space. And I want to reinvigorate you with a truly delicious dinner. A dinner that is PERFECT for May June whatever month this is: Smitten Kitchen’s Lemony Zucchini Goat Cheese Pizza.

Have you finally jumped on the homemade pizza bandwagon I’ve been trying to get you on for the past year or so? It’s SO EASY and the pay-off is huge. Start with KAF’s pizza crust. On top of that goes goat cheese and lemon juice and salt and pepper. Then zucchini. Then lemon juice. Then olive oil. Couldn’t be simpler. Couldn’t be tastier.

I made this for dinner, but it would make a really fun appetizer for a party. Especially with the cocentric rings of yellow and green zucchini. People will think you’re super schmancy and will feel bad about using the hand towels in your bathroom. These are things you’ll just have to get used to when you make this pizza for friends. You’ve been warned.