Can we press pause for a second and talk about this Whole Life Challenge thing? I need a moment to be honest about it.
It kinda sucks.
I mean, at first it was sort of cool because even though I drank a ridiculous amount of water and peed every 3.7 minutes and missed jellybeans and took supplements that I’m not convinced did anything, I lost weight. Like 3.5 pounds in 3 days. That’s a lot.
But then it crept back up, and I was hovering around the net-minus-two-pounds range for a few weeks, and then I started to question the challenge. Like, why can I have sugar in my tea but not milk? And sweet potatoes but not normal potatoes? And corn tortillas and corn oil and fresh corn but not popcorn or corn taco shells? Who made up these ridiculous, arbitrary rules? (CrossFitters, that’s who.) And is gluten really the devil?
Pfft, no. Gluten is amazing.
So basically I tried to fill the void in my life with a huge amount of paleo bread and paleo banana bread and paleo cookies. And they were okay, but they weren’t bread. So I’m kindof just over it.
(Also, what’s with the ridiculous amount of meat we have to eat? It makes me want to take a nap just thinking about it.)
I’ll be dreaming about gluten-filled cookies.
Like these ones.
one package graham crackers
three or four Hersheys milk chocolate bars, broken along lines
one cup butter
one cup sugar
one cup brown sugar
one teaspoon vanilla
two cups all-purpose flour
one cup bread flour
one teaspoon baking soda
two teaspoons hot water
half teaspoon salt
one and a half cups chocolate chips
one and a half cups mini marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet (I use 3 so I can rotate through) with parchment paper. Break graham crackers into squares, place on cookie sheet (I tried to leave about half an inch between crackers, but be warned they’ll slide all over) and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until combined.
In a small glass or bowl, stir hot water and baking soda. Add to butter mixture along with vanilla, and mix well.
Sift in flours and stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips and marshmallows.
Scoop a large spoonful of dough onto each graham cracker – the marshmallows will be a bit of a pain, but don’t worry about them too much. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes.
Press Hersheys chocolate into each softened cookie, and bake for another 6 minutes, or until the edges are browning and the cookies look done. If the cookies have expanded over the crackers and they’ve all stuck together, it’s easiest to wait until they’re cool before breaking back into squares.