"To belong to someone—I didn’t know it, but now that I think about, it seems like that’s all I’ve ever wanted. To really be somebody’s, and to have them be mine.”
We both had a very busy month and wanted to choose a quick and hopefully easy recipe that would still be fun, and (fingers crossed!) delicious. We racked our brains trying to figure out what recipe we could make and, luckily, Pinterest came to the rescue with a ton of ideas. Some were really interesting, and we hope to make them in the future, but this month we chose to make the Snickerdoodles recipe from To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han.
Knowing about these books (and movies) is all because of Kelli. Kelli loves light-hearted romcoms and when the movie was announced by Netflix, she was super excited. I (Chelsea) had never heard of the books or the movie, but Kelli had never steered me wrong before.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a true young adult romcom trilogy. It is about a young woman, Lara Jean, who is more on the shy side, and has never openly admitted her crushes to anyone. She instead liked writing a letter to each boy admitting her feelings, what she liked about them, and then sealed them in a box in her closet. Lara Jean is the middle child of three girls with a single dad (their mother passed when they were young) and one thing she loves to do and is a comfort to her, is baking.
One day, Lara Jean learns that her letters to her crushes have somehow been mailed out to them, and now she must face her past loves. Through the experience she discovers that it might have been the best thing that could have happened for her, and she just might have found a crush that actually sticks. Overall, the stories are lighthearted, fun, and so sweet. The conversations will make you chuckle, the love between sisters is so strong, and at times quite corny but makes you smile.
This recipe was, by far, the easiest recipe we've made for the blog to date. We were worried we'd have to double the recipe because one of us loves sweets and will eat a whole pan straight out of the oven (maybe not a shocker, but it's Chelsea). Spoiler: the recipe made plenty, even after I (Chelsea) ate a good bit before they cooled off.
The recipe started off with each of us taking over a major task. Chelsea started to combine the flour mixture and Kelli said, "hold up!" Kelli prefers to do any and all kind of cooking, but when it comes to baking, she wants no parts of it! So, she wanted Chelsea to be in charge of the mixer and dealing with the wet ingredients so she could handle the dry (easier LOL) ingredients. We then worked together to combine the two mixtures together to make the dough.
Next step was scooping out the dough! Kelli had a cookie scooper, which Chelsea always thought was a waste. She's now changed her mind and the cookie scoop is the best little invention. So many of our cookies came out sized so similarly! And they were so cute as the little balls on the pan! Kelli made extra cinnamon sugar mixture, so we had plenty to coat the cookies in. We popped the cookies in the oven and then impatiently waited for them to cook. They took a little longer than 10 minutes to cook, so our cookie scoop must have made ours a tad bigger than the recipe called for but we sure weren't complaining!
Once the cookies were out of the oven, we had to deal with the hardest part...waiting for them to cool enough to eat them! They were SO yummy!! And coming right out of the oven, they were still warm and soft. I (Kelli) am not a huge snickerdoodle fan but there is something about eating it right after it comes out of the oven that made it extra delicious! This will definitely be a recipe we make again. It was almost too easy of a recipe to make (and this is Kelli saying that and she is not a baking fan!). The recipe makes a good amount and we just couldn't stop eating them.
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