The Snow Day and the Liquid Cookie

Today was a snow day!

Doggie tracks in the snow.

When I woke up, there was nothing on the ground but some dead grass and dog droppings. Even so, school closed in anticipation of the coming blizzard. The snow didn’t fall in earnest until this afternoon.

The smoker covered in snow. Nero 'marked' it on the way outside.

My brother-in-law, Dave, noticed I was doing a lot of interval workouts, so he suggested that I try some hill workouts to mix things up (thanks, Dave!). He recommended either setting an incline and doing a tempo run, or choosing a moderate pace and changing the incline as I run. I decided to go with the former this time.

I usually set the treadmill at 0.5 incline because I find it easier on my knee. This time, I set the incline to 4.0 and did the following workout:

5 minutes at 3.5 mph (5 min)
20 minutes at 6.5 mph (25 min)
10 min at 3.5 mph (35 min)

Now, this was not a long workout, but I was WIPED at the end. Geez! I haven’t run actual hills in so long that I had forgotten what they were like. Peter was on the elliptical next door and he kept looking over at me, until finally he said, “Wow, you work hard!” This from the guy who plays video games when he uses the stationary bike 😛

Nothing like veggies to refuel!

Leftover Pesto Veggie Stacks with melted Emmenthaler. Yes, it tasted as good as it sounds.

I spent the rest of the afternoon writing about diseases and nutritional implications. As cheery as that task was, I decided to take a break and make some chocolate peanut butter cookies.

I followed a recipe that I had drooled over and bookmarked a while back because, hey, who couldn’t use a little peanut butter on a snowy day? The recipe is Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from the wonderful Mae of Ohh May! (adapted from Jessica’s How Sweet It Is (look at those gorgeous pics!), adapted from Bakespace).

Mixing the dry ingredients.

Look at that stand mixer go! One of the best aspects of getting married was getting cool stuff for our kitchen. Oh, and marrying Peter. Yes.

However, I made a crucial mistake in the recipe. I didn’t notice the part where the recipe said turn mixer on high for 2 minutes. Since I didn’t let beater whip air into the egg whites, I was left with:


And, I just took a food science class last fall! *blush* Needless to say, there was no pulling and stuffing of the cookies with chocolate chips and peanut butter. I decided to just dab them on top instead.

I used my favorite peanut butter (of course):

Drizzling batter over the top of each “cookie”:

I’m so glad I wasn’t making these for anyone else. Poor Peter.

Out of the oven:

Well, at least they tasted delicious!

I’m definitely trying these again sometime. Just remember Jessie: whip your whites!

Dinner was more successful: leftover Curry Chicken Salad with Bananas over lettuce with avocado and balsamic vinegar.

Yes, that will do 🙂

Here’s hoping the roads will be clear for Clinical tomorrow!


  1. Ohh, I’m sorry they spread out on you! 🙁 Kudos on using Saratoga Peanut Butter!!! 😀
    They look yummy even flattened.

    Your workout sounds awesome! I remember treadmill hills being even more challenging than road hills, because they’re constant!
    We got just a little snow and the weather men really talked it up. I wonder if NY is going to get hit again by this storm?

    Have a great night!!


    1. The weatherman talked it up here, too 🙂 Stay safe if you do get more snow!

  2. Dinner was more successful, perhaps because you weren’t involved? Except with the eating part.

  3. Ouch! You’re lucky you’re so cute. 😛

  4. Oh my goodness, too funny! I tried making those cookies last weekend for a super bowl party and they were liquidy also – just like that! At least you figured out your mistake – I was so puzzled, haha!! Now I know though, thanks! I’ll have to try again. But you’re right… they did still taste good!! 🙂

    1. lol! Well, now you know! 🙂

  5. Your liquid cookies made me smile 🙂 A moist cookie is a tasty cookie 🙂

    1. I know, but not if they drip between my fingers 😉

  6. Oh- too cute! At least the cookies still tasted good!

    1. And I ate my fair share!

    1. *sends giant cookie to Jessica* You’ll never let me bake for you again! 😀

  7. I’ll take a cookie sheet!

    1. Hmm, would I count that as fragile or perishable …? hehe

    1. Thanks! Come again! 🙂

  8. I loooove doing hill workouts! They are my favorite. If you ever come to Boston we should do some of the hills on the marathon course 🙂

  9. Haha! You’d leave me in the dust, I think 😉

    1. Mmm, puddle cookies … I guess you really ARE the best sister ever (don’t read this, D! hee hee).

      Thanks for the tea!

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