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Meals 134 + cookie within a cookie

I love Girl Scout cookies, especially Thin Mints and Samoas/Caramel DeLites. Accordingly, my sister sent me a recipe for Thin Mint Stuffed Chocolate Cookies.

Baking frenzy re-ignite.

Whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter, two clementines, and vanilla Activia yogurt

Breakfast: Whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter, two clementines, and vanilla Activia yogurt

Broccoli, carrots, bell peppers

Lunch: Broccoli, carrots, bell peppers

Brisket and rare steak pho

Dinner from Pho Garden (take-out): Brisket and rare steak pho

Thin Mint Stuffed Chocolate Cookies baking mess

What the kitchen looked like after I baked the Thin Mint Stuffed Chocolate Cookies. Brace yourself…


Thin Mint Stuffed Chocolate Cookies (from Lovin From the Oven)

Yields 32 cookies

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
32 Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies (Keebler’s Fudge Shoppe Grasshopper Mint Cookies work equally well)

Cream together the unsalted butter and sugar.

1. Cream together the unsalted butter and sugar.

Stir in melted chocolate, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until well combined.

2. Stir in melted chocolate, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until well combined.

Gradually mix in the cocoa powder and flour until just combined.

3. Gradually mix in the cocoa powder and flour until just combined. Chill dough in refrigerator for at least an hour.

Cookie building process with thin mints

4. Take about 2 teaspoons of the chilled cookie dough and flatten in the palm of your hand. Place the mint cookie on top of the flattened dough. Flatten another piece of the dough and place it on top of the mint cookie. Fold and pinch together the sides so that the cookie is completely covered, making an even layer of cookie dough around the thin mint. Repeat process with remaining cookies.

Baking and cooking process for thin mint stuffed chocolate cookies

5. Place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets, spacing about an inch apart. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes on the pan before transferring to wire cooling racks.

The result? A decadent, cakey chocolatey layer surrounding the crisp minty center. I attribute the soft cakiness to the rare inclusion of both baking powder and baking soda in this cookie recipe. Delish.

Cross-section of Thin Mint Stuffed Chocolate Cookie.

Cross-section of Thin Mint Stuffed Chocolate Cookie.

Meals 133

Cinnamon shredded wheat cereal with almond milk

Breakfast: Cinnamon shredded wheat cereal with almond milk

Cheeseless pizza with roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and caramelized onions

Lunch from Trader Joe's: Cheeseless pizza with roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and caramelized onions

 Passion fruit and banana caramel cupcakes Ramen with soft-boiled egg, seaweed, corn, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and shoyu (soy sauce) broth

Meals 132

Made it through my morning meetings but ended up going home sick. Hence the frozen pizza and vegetables for my PM meals. To be fair, I’d say this cheeseless pizza from Trader Joe’s is my favorite frozen meal in a pinch. Love the sweetness of the caramelized onions and the chewy crust.

Pineapple, grapes, grapefruit, roasted carrots, scrambled egg whites

Breakfast: Pineapple, grapes, grapefruit, roasted carrots, scrambled egg whites

Cheeseless pizza with red peppers, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and caramelized onions from Trader Joe's

Lunch from Trader Joe's: Cheeseless pizza with red peppers, mushrooms, and caramelized onions

Broccoli, carrots, roasted bell peppers

Dinner: Broccoli, carrots, roasted bell peppers

Meals 131

red grapes and pineapple

Breakfast: Grapes and pineapple

Ratatouille pizza, quinoa, black eyed peas, okra, arugula, carrots, radishes

Lunch: Ratatouille pizza, quinoa, black eyed peas, okra, arugula, carrots, radishes

Potatoes, green beans, broccoli, bell peppers, refried beans, quesadilla

Dinner: Potatoes, green beans, broccoli, bell peppers, refried beans, quesadilla

Meals 130: Monday, Monday

You know it’s Monday when you find yourself eating out of compostable take-out containers at your desk.

Lesson in making my meals look healthier than they actually are: pile greens on top of the decadent stuff. There is a hidden quesadilla in one of the images below. I will bake a cake for the first person who can point out the quesadilla in the comments.

Breakfast: Pineapples, grapes, watermelon, tomatoes, scrambled egg whites with basil

Breakfast: Pineapples, grapes, watermelon, tomatoes, scrambled egg whites with basil

Lunch: Fried rice, lima beans, broccoli, green beans

Lunch: Fried rice, lima beans, broccoli, green beans

Dinner: Mixed baby greens with pine nuts, pesto pasta with chicken, brown rice