33/52: Killin’ time & Butterscotch and White Chocolate Chip Chocolate Cookies

So the past few days have been… interesting. A learning experience if you will. I have worked since I was 16. I worked all the way through my college degree and most of the time even worked 2 jobs. Needless to say, I am used to working. I tend to be a workhorse and certainly take pride in all of my work. When I transitioned out of my job with NEP and into school I had about 2 weeks off but it felt like no time because we had so much to catch up on and Winston had his eye surgery. Right after that time off I jumped into school and it pretty much occupied all of my time so although I wasn’t bringing home a paycheck I still felt like I was working. Well… I have a few weeks off. It’s our “summer break”, meaning we are off from August 10-September-ish {whenever we start going into our prospective schools — PLU classes start September 6}.

The first few days, even the first week of this break I was smitten… time to catch my breath and re-organize/complete projects around the house. Awesome! Now? I am seriously starting to get bored. I am seriously learning how to not being doing something. Its hard! It also doesn’t help that my lower back issues from May have started up again and my knees are acting up right along with it. I honestly feel like my body is that of a 40-year-old! Because I am not feeling the best and really have nothing to do as far as errands until tomorrow, I opted to stay in, ice my back and relax. Come 11am I was bored out of my mind… so naturally I thought, “I’LL BAKE!” Yeah… except our air conditioner went out 2 days ago and we’re waiting for the repair man to come out. After realizing that turning on the oven would make the temperature in my condo rise to ohh say about 85-90 degrees {inside!}, I decided to forgo that project. So I walked Winston a little… fiddled around and was still bored out of my mind. I checked the clock, surely it is close to 2:30 and then that means Johnny should be home in 30 minutes! Right?! Wrong. Soo wrong. I had only killed about 45 minutes.

Are you kidding me?! I bit the bullet. I have a serious problem with baking, it is always my ‘go to’ hobby when I’m bored. So, I quickly found a recipe to use up some of the chips in my baking cupboards and got to work. I have never really made chocolate cookies before. They honestly intimidate me a little. Regular cookies are so easy to see when they’re done, they get a little golden and then you just keep an eye on them. Chocolate cookies are a little tricky since they’re… already… brown. But, I think I gauged these just about right! I waited until they started to crack just slightly on the top. They seemed perfectly baked in the middle.

Side note: These cookies actually call for peanut butter chips which I think would be to-die-for in this recipe. But, I had butterscotch and white chips so that’s what I used! And I think these are pretty yummy. They aren’t chocolatey enough for my tastes personally but I think they are definitely a nice change from a traditional cookie. I am excited to send these off with my hubby to work tomorrow so his crew can have some Friday treats!

I love the texture on these cookies. They make me smile!

Butterscotch and White Chocolate Chip Chocolate Cookies


1/2 c butter-flavored shortening
1/2 c butter
1 c brown sugar
1 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp espresso powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c butterscotch chips
1 c white chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Cream together butter, shortening, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Add the vanilla and the eggs, one at a time.

3. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, soda, baking powder, salt, espresso powder and cocoa powder. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time {so as to not tighten the dough} to combine and then mix in the chips.

4. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop onto an ungreased or parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Source & Recipe: Slightly adapted from Our Best Bites cookbook

I am glad I sacrificed a few degrees in the condo to make these guys. Because baking makes me  t——h—— i——s happy! See?!

Hehe. So now, I have just a little time until my hubby gets home and hopefully I won’t chat his ear off when he walks in the door. You would think that I was living a completely secluded life the way I start rambling when he gets home. Poor guy. 😉 Off to ice my achin’ back and stretch out before the hubby gets home. I hope everyone has an awesome end of their week! I am ready for it to be Saturday, my bestie from age 13 will be driving into town {she lives out of state and is visiting right now} and we get to spend some time together. Her hubby is going out with my John’s {Senior & Junior} and fishing on the sound and Kindle and I get a girls day! It is sure to be fabulous! What do you guys have planned for the weekend?