My family has done lots of traveling, and I’ve seen almost every state in the U.S. I have a love affair with the mountains and the oceans, each my favorite scenery when placed in front of it, but I also love wide open spaces, rolling hills, and the great plains. I’m not too much of a city girl, and suburban life is all I’ve ever known. I’d like to live in the country, but people give me energy and I know that after a few weeks I’d be aching to be in the midst of community.
But, of all the places I’ve been, it’s San Francisco that I love. I honestly have no idea why. I don’t like the city, but I like Silicon Valley. Its a small, suburban city with lots of businesses, the technology capitol it seems, but also, and honestly, nothing too special. But here’s the deal. As I grow older (ahem) I begin to like places and scenery and scenes and people and culture much more because of who I’m with and less because of what I’m doing.
And it turns out we’ve been to Cupertino many times on business trips for my husband’s job, have dear friends that live close to the city, and this time last year I was on partial bed rest at 32 weeks pregnant and my husband and I spent 3 weeks up in the area. I went sight seeing all day, read book after book while sipping mayan hot coco and coffee, went shopping, got manicures, and really and truly enjoyed life. Husband was at work all day, so at night we had date nights, split cupcakes, went on trips during the weekends, and visited our favorite food places. All while living out of a hotel.
And it was glorious.
During that three weeks I truly bonded with Chip, the baby inside me, and I look back at that time as so very precious. I know it was a gift given to us; I spent all day talking to him and thinking of him and just resting, in preparation for him to be here. I’ll never forget those weeks and that city, holds a piece of my heart. I guess, you could say, I left my heart in San Francisco.
Ok! ok, super cheesy right? So let’s move on to other great things about that city, including, these cookies!
Do you know my friend Stephanie from Desserts for Breakfast? Well this cookie recipe is her’s, and it’s originally called “Everything but the Kitchen Sink Cookies.” But I changed the name because this is my blog and I’m the boss of here.
So Stephanie. Another good thing about San Fran. And Standford. Ici Ice Cream. Good Coffee. Winchester Mystery House. Zachary’s Pizza. Apple. Santana Row. The Mystery Spot. Rain. Clouds. Fog. The Golden Gate Bridge. Crab Chowder in a bread bowl. Hills. and Chocolate.
Good ol’ Ghiradelli Chocolate is in this fine city, and so I took a few raspberry chocolate squares, good coffee grounds, and then coconut for good measure and made these San Francisco cookies. And of course, while they were still hot, sprinkled them with sea salt.
And then I ate 7 for lunch because I have no self control.
Photo provided by Stephanie Shih Photography
And generally out of good cities and places comes good people who fight for good causes. And Stephanie is doing just this. She’s a wonderful photographer and is selling cards made of her beautiful photos to help support Breast Cancer research. All the proceeds from these card sales go to help fund Breast Cancer Research.
So let’s make a deal here. Grab any sweets you have lying around in your pantry and make these cookies. The recipe supports up to four cups of mix-ins, so don’t be shy. But let’s be intentional. Make a combination that reminds you of someone or something, some place in time, that goes well beyond the ingredients of a cookie.
And while you’re at it, head on over to Stephanie’s etsy shop and think about supporting Breast Cancer Research and purchase a pack of her cards. Because, really, we all have favorite places, memories, and cities. But it’s the people that make these things special. And some of these people need our help. They are hurting and wait for a cure.
And if we don’t fight for them who will?
(Recipe adapted from Desserts for Breakfast, Everything but the Kitchen Sink Cookies)
Your Favorite City's Cookies (a
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons finely ground coffee ( I like the coffee flavor strong. The originally recipe was only 2 teaspoons, so adjust according to your liking)
1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
up to 4 cups of mix-ins of your choice!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking power, salt, and coffee and set aside. Using a stand mixer, mix the butter until light. Gradually add all the sugars until it's light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, followed by the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Make sure to mix well after each addition. Mix in flour, little by little, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Once well combined, fold in the mix-ins that you've chosen.
Use a small ice cream scoop or just spoons, to scoop the cookies on to the cookie sheet. These are thin cookies, so they will spread out, so make sure to leave room. I did 6 cookies per sheet.
Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes, or until edges are one step above golden brown. Once removed from oven, if you've chosen sea salt, sprinkle on top while still warm. Allow to cool on pan for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Repeat until all dough is used, and enjoy!