Just a tad bit excited. I have mentioned in the past that I will be taking on another little this year. I am indeed a senior, but since we had a significant amount of sophomores in the most recent pledge class, I thought I would grace one of them with my wonderful presence.
Here is a look at some of the gifts I have thrown together for my dear future little.
Oh and a gift is not complete without some sweets, right? I was on a Pinterest frenzy and decided to experiment with a few recipes.
First off, was a “Cookies and Cream Cookie: based upon this lovely recipe
. This was a huge hit all around (at least by my roommate and friends) 🙂 Solid.
Cookies and Cream Cookies
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I stuck with all white since any wheat would alter the color of the cookies…experimenting here folks)
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
1 tsp vanilla extract
26 oreos (the more the better…also the less I have to eat while the cookies are baking) 😉
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk together the flour and baking soda, set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until creamy and fluffy.
3. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
4. Mix in the flour mixture until fully incorporated into the dough. Add in the oreos and mix on low to medium speed* until the oreos are crushed into small pieces and mixed into the dough. The dough will turn from a white color to a deeper blackish color (obviously due to the oreos)
*I had to stop the beater, crush the oreos, then continue to mix the crumbs into the batter. It might be more helpful to do this before hand, then dump the mixture into the batter.
5. Make small balls of cookie dough and place on cookie sheets ~2 inches apart. (The recipe suggests to press down on the dough balls so the cookies do not spread out so much during the baking process. You can do this or do without this)
6. Bake for about 10 minutes until edges turn golden brown. Let cookies cool on cookie sheets before removing.
The second experiment was “Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars.” It started with a jar of peanut butter, which I had originally purposed for baking, but had somehow made its way to my fridge. I wanted to put it to use so that it didn’t end up on the couch with me and the remaining oreos. 🙂
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars
1½ cups all-purpose flour (3/4 cup white, 3/4 wheat)
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup creamy peanut butter (go to town…feel free to include more)
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips (optional…didn’t have them in the house, thus they were excluded)
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Set a piece of parchment paper in a 9×13-inch baking pan or grease it and set aside.
2. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
3. In a large bowl, cream the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and granulated sugar on medium speed until creamy and light. (I accidentally forgot the butter and wondered why it wasn’t turning creamy…ah got it)
4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
5. Lower the speed and add the dry ingredients. Using a rubber spatula, mix in the chocolate chips.
6. Flip the bowl and dough onto the prepared pan and press it into an even layer. Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until the center comes out clean (check with a toothpick). Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Cut the bars and store at room temperature or in the fridge. Sometimes when the bars are in the fridge, they come out much more chewy and doughy 🙂 Oh so enjoyable with a glass of milk.
I plan to spoil not only my little, but my friends, roommate, and other sorority sisters with my treats 🙂
What we have to remind girls, is that while having a great Greek family is fun, it isn’t going to make or break your sorority experience. I have found that being involved in a sorority is more than fitting a certain image or being a part of a certain group. Instead it is about finding like minded individuals and friends to hang out with, enjoy college, and network. I may not have enjoyed my first two years, but have realized that it is a journey and the women I have met throughout my time here, have been influential in helping me grow. That is what college and life is all about. As cheesy as it is, you are not a sister for four years, but for a lifetime.