Balancing the Fun with the Not So Fun

Choc Chip Cookies

Starting your own business requires a lot of focus and self-motivation, especially when you’re working out of your home.  I try to maintain a relatively normal work schedule Monday through Friday.  My goal is to be as productive as possible those days.  I can get a wee bit distracted and if I don’t have a schedule my days might look a little something like this: “Oh wow it’s actually warm outside? I should get a quick 4 mile run in.” Followed by, “I wonder what’s on TV……holy crap a Boy Meets World marathon?! I should probably watch that.” Which would inevitably lead to, “I wonder how production is going on the Boy Meets World spin-off…….I should Google that!”  As you can see, it’s really best for everyone if I keep myself on track.

At this point, I spend most of my days testing and researching recipes.  Unfortunately, today I was waiting on an ingredient to arrive from Amazon and didn’t have anything to test.  This meant I had to figure out another way to be productive.  There is something I have been putting off, but knew I had to do……the dreaded kitchen inventory.  Rooting around my cupboards is not my definition of a fun morning, but it was definitely necessary.  I have a ton of random baking supplies and have been meaning to do an inventory so I can see exactly what I have and exactly what I need to buy.  The upside of doing this means I’m totally justified in buying more baking supplies (yaaaaaay).  The downside is that I realized I HAVE to buy more baking supplies (stupid lack of income).  Turns out, I have some incredibly random supplies and am lacking some very basic ones.  For example, I have a deep dish tart pan, but no pie pan. How this happened, I have no idea.

Cookies on Rack

To cheer myself up from the thought of spending money I don’t have, I decided to get in the kitchen and play around.  It’s been a while since I baked just for fun.  Lately, all the baking I’ve been doing is either testing recipes for the business or stuff to blog about (which ironically I’m kind of doing now…oh well).  I wanted to bake something that was just for me today.  I knew I wanted something easy and immediately thought of cookies.  I also wanted to somehow incorporate my latest obsession, Crunchy Biscoff Spread.  If you haven’t tried Biscoff Spread yet, do yourself a favor and try it immediately.  It’s insanely good.  In my world Biscoff is the new Nutella. I put it on everything…..mostly a spoon straight out of the jar, if I’m being honest.  Okay, I’m getting off track again.

I decided to make Chocolate Chip Cookies with Biscoff Spread.  I didn’t have an exact recipe in mind as I started to bake, but figured I would base it off my recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies.  The Biscoff was a perfect replacement for peanut butter and since Biscoff has a graham crackery quality to it, I threw in a little cinnamon to play it up.  I also decided to throw in some oats, because last night, as I stared lovingly at my jar of Biscoff, my boyfriend mentioned how much he loved oatmeal cookies and I thought, “Oatmeal Cookies would be amazing with Biscoff!”

I had no idea how these cookies were going to turn out and that was okay with me.  As it turns out, the cookies were awesome.  In fact, I think it might be my favorite recipe I’ve come up with in a while.  And, funnily enough, I might even add them to The Earnest Baker menu.  It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you’re just having fun and the pressure is off.  A day that I thought was going to be a total bust work-wise, ended up being a surprisingly productive and overall pretty great day.

10 thoughts on “Balancing the Fun with the Not So Fun

  1. I don’t know about Biscoff! Is it available at the grocery store (even in Mountain Village???!!) I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. Keep it up. Off on a hunt for Biscoff and then time to make some oatmeal cookies. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. I checked out their website and supposedly you can get it at City Market and Walmart in Colorado. Not sure if they’ll have it at the Village Market (just cause you can never really be sure what they’ll have there!). So glad you’re enjoying the blog and good luck with the Biscoff hunt!!

  2. Expirament, failure permitted days are so important! Sounds wonderful. I expiramented with replacing pistachio meal for almond the other day in a flourless cake and WOW.

    1. They are some of the best days in the kitchen. If only there could more of them! Pistachio meal sounds like it would be great in a flourless cake. Were you able to find pistachio meal or did you have to make it yourself?

  3. As a fellow baker, I would love to try these (I too am a big fan of the Biscoff–evil stuff, but god its good on anything), are you planning on posting recipes? Keep up the great work!

      1. I made it. Just blended with the Cusinart. I like the nuts from the Indian store best–they are a much nicer green and a much nicer price.

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