I understand the title of this post would be better fit around October, but I was thinking about something this morning and it sparked my brain into motion: compartmentalizing. Â What does that have to do with tricks and treats? Â I’ll explain, ramble on a bit, and then I will provide a really goodÂ recipe.
I have always been a “the more the merrier” type of girl. Â I am always the first to extend the invite to the quiet girl or boy in the back of the room to the party, as I truly believe that mixingÂ differentÂ types of people could make for an interesting adventure- and thatÂ everyoneÂ deserves an invitation. Â I’m not going to quote Rodney King, but you know what I am saying.
I have never had an issue combining high school, college, work colleagues and random friends I make along the way in the same room. Â I had always thought this was the way everyone thought until a few years ago. Â I learned that people are placed into “compartments” within ones mind of how they are associated. Â Apparently, this idea of compartmentalizing is more common than I would have ever imagined. Â How is that fun? Â If you get along with each person in your “network,” then wouldn’t the people at least have one thing in common? Â I’m not talking aboutÂ forcingÂ friendships, I just think it’s goodÂ toÂ keep an open mind. Â I asked one of my friends who practices this method and she Â explained to me that “certain people know certain things, and others know other things. So, I keep themÂ separate. It’s less messy.” Â Side thought: her closet is much more organized than mine, so maybe she has a point. Â Is it better to keep work at work and home at home? Who would come to the BBQ? Is it possible to be too friendly and open? What if people feel left out?Â
The same thing could be said for baking that I said above: Â Mixing fun andÂ differentÂ things like cayenne pepper, butterscotch chips, peanut butter, or cinnamon into a brownie batter adds a little spice, texture or intrigue to what would normally be a typical boring baked good. Â The beauty of my recipes is that I actually use box batter for the majority of my treats- I just doctor them so far from the original recipe that, aside from the powder, it isn’t at ALL what the box intended. Â End result: seconds, thirds, andÂ sadnessÂ when you realize they are all gone.
Okay, I got that out. Â Now for the treat I promised.
Lately, Brad and Gunnar have beenÂ devouringÂ my homemadeÂ ice creamÂ sandwiches. Â It’s simple, easy and quick. Â Enjoy.
- First, at your grocery store, purchase a bag of Betty Crocker Cookie Mix. Â I like these.
- The recipe calls for one egg and one stick of butter. Â You could sub the butter with coconut oil, which is actuallyÂ amazingÂ for your body- and tastes great! Â I bought some last night and I was notÂ disappointed.
- I always add 1-2 tsp of vanilla extra extra and 5-10 dashes of cinnamon for a little kick.
- Put into 1″ balls about 2 inches apart on a lightly greased (with the coconut oil) baking sheet. Â Bake for 11 minutes on 350′. Â Remove from rack and let cool completely.
- Pick your filler (gelato, sorbet, Ben & Jerry’s, etc).
- After the cookies are cooled, scoop anÂ appropriateÂ portion of filler between two cookies. (to keep them neat, I always wrap eachÂ sandwichÂ immediately in tin foil and put in freezer)
I’m going to bet that if my friend ate one of these bad boys she might agree that not all mixing is a bad thing.