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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....






ALMOND JOY STUFFED CHOCOLATE PUDDING BOOKIES
Chocolate Cookie Recipe Adapted from Love from the Oven

INGREDIENTS

Preheat Oven 350F degrees

FOR THE COOKIE
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

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

DIRECTIONS

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.

Enjoy,
Chika 


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