[classic chocolate chunk cookies]

Adapted from the Original NestlĂ©® Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe
Makes about 3 dozen cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12 oz. package) semi-sweet chocolate chunks

Preheat the oven to 375° F.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Mix in vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chunks. Drop cookie dough by tablespoons onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving about 2″ of space between each.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

[chicken pesto paninis]

Hello New Best Friend: GDL Panini Maker
The panini makers we kept passing at Target were calling my name - so I finally caved in and bought it - and it was one of the best decisions ever.  Panini makers look like a stupid device, but once you realize how awesome sandwiches are with it - the whole world looks new again.
Focaccia bread (our Target also sells these 10" focaccia rounds - they're awesome)
2 chicken breasts
6 strips bacon
3 slices provolone cheese
pre-made pesto
olive oil
salt and pepper
panini maker!

Pound chicken to 1/2 inch thickness between saran wrap.  Heat about 1 Tbsp Olive Oil in a skillet.  Season each side of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place in the hot skillet.  Cook on each side until golden brown, about 4 minutes.  Transfer browned chicken breasts to a large piece of foil and tightly wrap the chicken in a "foil purse".  Let the chicken rest (tightly wrapped up), while you make the bacon.  

Heat oven to 375 and bake bacon in a pyrex pan for 20 minutes, or until crispy.  Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.  

Cut focaccia in half and spread the top and bottom with pesto.  Set aside.  

Remove the chicken from the foil and cut into strips.  (It should look like those chicken strips you can buy at the grocery store - about 1/2 inch thick, as long as the chicken breast).  On the top half of the foccacia bread - place the following items in this order: 3 slices provolone cheese evening spread out, 6 slices of cooked bacon, chicken slices.  Place the bottom focaccia half on the chicken and heat your panini maker.  Grill the sandwich (right side up - it should be easy to flip), until golden brown marks appear.  (About 5 mintues).  Cut and enjoy.

[butterscotch blondies]

it's like a cookie, a brownie and a good memory of butterscotch pudding all got together for a party... in my mouth.
butterscotch blondies
3/4 cup (1 + 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1+3/4 cup butterscotch chips (1 11oz pkg)

Heat oven to 350.  Spray a 13x9x2 baking pan with Pam (the baking kind that has the flour mixed in).
Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar with a mixer until creamy.  Add eggs, beat well.  Stir together flour, baking soda and salt in another bowl; gradually add to the butter mixture, beating until well blended.  Stir in butterscotch chips.  Spread in prepared pan.  
Bake 30-35 minutes or until top is golden brown and center is set.  Cool completely in pan on wire rack.  Cut into bars (about 36 bars).
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