Is this thing on?, or Shop Rite cookie dough makes an appearance

chocolate chip cookies

Excuse me? *loud screeching noise of feedback* Hello? It’s me, Niki. I’m back, really I am, this time. I know what I said about “no-bake summer recipes,” and I’ll admit, I fell off track with the summer experience. I got a job – my first real summer job – and now I will be adding magazine experience to my especially light resume. It carries over into the school year and I could not be more excited about it.

In addition to the lovely position, it’s time to bring up my kitchen situation. Because it’s a new semester, I’m obviously back at Rowan, but now I’m in a new building (ah, the joy of the resident assistant position). My apartment on the other end of campus is a fond memory in journals now stored in my grandmother’s house, and I’ve taken up residence in a freshman hall built in the 1960s.

Rowan kitchenThis is the kitchen I now work in, a little bit larger than my last one, although it is still not my dream kitchen. Let’s wait a few more years for that one. . . .

I’ve been on campus for nearly two weeks and though I have been getting more than four hours of sleep each night, I still feel exhausted. This product review of Shop Rite cookie dough was simple to use and especially tasty raw. When the cookies baked up, they had a lovely brown color, although they were slightly dry and missing that vanilla taste that usually pokes through with homemade treats.

chocolate chip packageThese cookies are fairly simple to bake and I purchased them on sale, two packages of 24 cookies for five dollars. I was skeptical of them at first because they’re store brand cookies, but I tried them out on my new residents who were watching “Fight Club” in our lounge. My two boys who were hosting the movie night said that the cookies were delicious and didn’t want to share with the others.

There are two basic steps to baking these cookies. Take them out of the package, break them apart, and spread them out, about three squares per row on a ungreased cookie sheet. I use a silcone cookie sheet on top of my metal cookie sheet for easy clean-up, as well as being able to remove the cookies from the tray without any problems. Bake these cookies at 350 degrees for about 14 minutes, let cool for about two, and enjoy. It really is that simple.

One last thing before I crawl into bed and go to sleep – I’m so happy to be back!

Niki’s Note: Now that I am back in a college setting, I feel more compelled to bake and try out new things. I’m starting a cooking class that should begin some time at the end of this month and I’m trying to come up with new recipes, activities, and avenues I can try in order to expand my horizons. I’m glad to be back and I hope everyone sticks with me!

the finished product