January 14, 2011 by Dana
It’s amazing to me how the English language works. How two little words, seemingly insignificant when alone, can make your heart flutter when they’re strung together. How two meaningless strings of letters, combined, can make someone’s day.
Take the word (contraction?) “it’s.” Say it to someone and they won’t have much of a reaction. It could be the beginning of any number of thoughts, and is pretty much meaningless on its own.
And then the word “Friday.” Just the name of a day. One of seven in the week. You’d be hard pressed to elicit any sort of reaction from someone by only saying “Friday” to them.
But now, let’s do a little experiment. Find someone in your office that has a serious expression on their face. Someone that’s concentrating really hard. Walk up to them, and simply say, “It’s Friday.”
Go on. I’ll wait…
…Well, what happened? They smiled, didn’t they? They went from being a Serious Sally to a Happy Harry. Or a Chatty Cathy. They didn’t just keep staring at their computer and typing away, did they? Nope. Because IT”S FRIDAY :)
(Can you tell I’m looking forward to the weekend?)
Of course, it’s Friday isn’t the only word pair that can make the inner child in me want to jump for joy. No, there’s a whole list of word combos that do it for me:
- Ice cream. (no explanation necessary.)
- Snow day. (or as in this week’s case, delayed opening…. either way, it means I get to sleep later.)
- Shoe sale. (ohmygod. shoes.)
- Island vacation. (margaritas in the sun = paradise. period.)
- And, most recently, Rolo Cookies.
That last one might not be on most people’s lists. Yet. But try out this recipe, and I assure you, it will be.
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
48 rolos or other chocolate covered caramel candies
This recipe, from The Messie Kitchen, was perfect as is, and for once, I didn’t make any changes to the original.
1. In a large bowl, cream together the white sugar, brown sugar, and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Sift the flour, cocoa, and baking soda together and gradually stir into the creamed mixture. S-L-O-W-L-Y. Cover dough and chill for at least one hour. Meanwhile unwrap the candies.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
3. With floured hands, wrap about 1 tablespoon of dough around each piece of candy, completely covering the candy. Roll each ball in the remaining tablespoon of white sugar. (see below for step by step)
I very slightly pushed down on the cookies with the bottom of a glass as soon as they came out of the oven, in order to flatten them out a little bit and make them look more like cookies and less like round balls.