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I want cookies? Cake? Other?

It's raining, I'm bored, a little depressed. What sweet, self-indulgent reward should I bake for myself without having to go shopping for obscure ingredients?

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  1. To me, there's nothing better than oatmeal chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven :) This is basically the recipe I've been making since I was 5 years old: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... I don't do the walnuts though.

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    1. re: juliejulez

      I did it! I made the batter. It needs to chill, because I think O-R cookies are better if you start them when they are cold.

      1. re: PesachBenSchlomo

        I like them even better with butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips. Great combo.

        1. re: pine time

          I just came out of a meeting to which the HR VP brought oatmeal butterscotch chip cookies. Yum.

    2. Cinnamon rolls!

      If you have cream in the house make black & white cookies.

      Coconut cupcakes

      Chocolate truffle cake like le bĂȘte noir from epicurious. For some reason I can't provide the link from my phone.


      Are these doing anything for you. What do you like?

      Whatever you make, share some and you might feel a bit cheered by that.

      Btw, when faced with a day like yours I like to turn on lots of lights, more than needed, so the house feels bathed in bright warmth. Still, sharing your treats will be the best medicine. :)

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      1. re: bonoeuf

        Black & Whites! Oh, you are clever. Damn, I already started something.

        1. re: PesachBenSchlomo

          You can never go wrong with oatmeal cookies! Enjoy. :)

          1. re: PesachBenSchlomo

            I just made my first batch of black & whites the other day. The came out amazing! Total yum!!

            When I want something really indulgent, it's usually some kind of cheesecake or else a gooey chocolate bread pudding or a trifle.

            1. re: jbsiegel

              I have maybe three recipes for B&Ws but haven't tried any of them. And they are my girlfriend's favorite cookie. I had better shape up.

              1. re: PesachBenSchlomo


                This is my favorite recipe. They are wonderful. Get cracking, Romeo!

          2. re: bonoeuf

            Way out here in the sticks I can share with ... my dog?

          3. Brownies, scones, rice pudding? What floats your boat, treatwise?

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            1. If you've got some kind of milk and eggs, you've got custard.

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              1. re: pinehurst

                Oh, yeah! I even have some really, really good vanilla beans. Oh, well, I will store that idea away.

              2. yesterday I made lemon blueberry cupcakes. mmmm...

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                  1. re: jujuthomas

                    Do you have a link to a recipe that you could share? That sounds like a great combo!

                    1. re: ohmyyum

                      well.... I didn't use a recipe. I used a boxed mix.

                      <ducks for cover>

                      I did the weight watchers "diet coke cake" thing with a lemon cake mix, a can of diet sprite and about 2 cups of blueberries. they came out REALLY gooey.

                      1. re: jujuthomas

                        Bahahhaha I love it! That sounds both awful and delicious-- thanks for fessing up!

                  2. I've been making these Banana Blondies, Melissa Clark's recipe from the New York Times...they're fabulous!


                    1. As long as I have Nutella in the pantry I'll always find something I have all the ingredients for baking a simple treat...adding the Nutella is what makes it self-indulgent instead of simple and boring =)

                        1. I'd make mandel bread. I use chopped walnuts, both vanilla & almond extract and a heaping tablespoon of wheat germ.

                          and then again homemade butterscotch or chocolate pudding made on the stove is sometimes all I need!

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                          1. re: HillJ

                            Ack! My hubby was just saying he can't find mandelbrot in the stores anymore and was hankering for it. Thank you HillJ for posting the recipe link. Perfect surprise for Father's Day!


                            1. re: Jerseygirl111

                              homemade is better anyway, Jerseyg!

                            1. re: Tam38

                              I've never heard of Sbrisolona. I can't wait to try making it!

                              1. re: THewat

                                First time I've heard of it too. Isn't Chow great?

                            2. Nothing like a microwave brownie-in-a-mug to cheer you up! It hits the spot - and so easy! Feel better!!


                              1. In an extreme emergency google "Brownie in a Mug".