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19 November 2012

Almond Joy Stuffed Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Why hello there :) The Psychology Department is having a search for a Department Head. The first candidate (of three) that we are interviewing was a Clinical Psychologist. Well- the Clinical Program would love for this candidate to be our new Department Head- so the red carpet was rolled out ;) This morning was the candidates job talk. Now, before I continue I would like to say that usually job talks are very, very boring. And with the short attention span that I have- I quickly zone out. This job talk, however, captivated my attention. I truly, enjoyed it! I think that not only will be he be the Department Head but also a new Clinical Faculty- which would be awesome. He studies Tourette's and Trichotillomania. The first of which- has a large child component/emphasis. I really would love if our program gets another child focused clinician! And his research line- from basic science to treatment program implementation is very interesting. I think he would be a good fit for our program and department.

I then, can happily say- that I was productive! I knocked out some major report writing- which has been a monkey on my back for some time. It was such a relief. I now have a few hours to spend with my Ninja face before seeing some clients :) I could do days like this more often!

Oh! I have to share one bad news, good news story. I am not sure if I have ever shared- but i am a clean freak! I cannot stand messes and I am a bit compulsive about it! Well- last night, after cooking and baking, I got it into my head that our apartment was a bit messy. I started cleaning frantically- dusting, lysol wiping, mopping, etc. I finally went to go vaccuum and it broke :( I could not stand that half of my carpet was not vaccummed. My wonderful hubby- late night- went and bought me a matching vaccuum to my steam cleaner. And I have to tell you that I am a huge fan of the Bissell pro-pet series (vaccuum and steam cleaner)- they do an amazing job :)

On that good note- lets move on to delicious cookies! My brother in-law is a fan of almond joys and cookies....so there you go....

Chocolate Cookie Recipe Adapted from Love from the Oven


Preheat Oven 350F degrees

2 sticks of butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 large eggs (room temperature)
3/4 c. cocoa powder
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 (3.4 oz) package of chocolate pudding mix  
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda

15 fun size almond joy bars (cut in half)- total of 30 small pieces


In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar for about 5 minutes. Then add eggs, one at a time. In a separate bowl, whisk together cocoa, flour, pudding mix, salt and baking soda. Once blended- add to wet ingredients until just well incorporated. Dough should be thick enough to work with (if not- add more flour). 

Roll into 1.5 inch rounds- flatten and place 1 piece of almond joy in center. Wrap dough around the almond joy piece and form into ball. Place cookies about 2 inches apart (though they do not spread much)- on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.


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