Chocolate Chip Cookie Stacks + Blogiversary

Chocolate Chip Cookie Stacks + Blogiversary ~ Pearls + Girls

Well, it’s official.  I have actually been blogging for one whole year!  Woohoo!  It’s time to celebrate! 😀

But before I make a wish, blow out the candles, dig into these cookie stacks and fall into a sugar induced coma, I need to reflect a bit on the past weeks and months leading up to this very momentous occasion.

When I started blogging I had zero expectations.  I wanted to share my baking creations with my family and friends.  Period.  I was THRILLED when I reached 100 likes on Facebook.  Until I realized that other people who started blogging around the same time as me already had THOUSANDS of likes on Facebook.  In that moment I kind of felt like a failure. Hey, it happens.

Now I actually DO have a couple thousand Facebook fans, but it took a lot of work to get there.  Setting up photo props and snapping hundreds of photos, timing my photo shoots with the sun rising and setting, writing up blog posts and recipes long after my kids and husband hit the sack, THEN sharing it all on social media with fingers crossed that someone will actually be inspired enough to click on the link and visit Pearls + Girls.  In other words, WAY more work than I initially thought!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Stacks + Blogiversary ~ Pearls + Girls

I considered quitting several times.  Actually more than several times.  If it weren’t for the constant support and admiration of my husband, I probably would have quit.  But I didn’t.  I stuck with it.  I’m proud of myself for sticking with it.  The extra pounds around my waistline, yeah, not so proud of those. 😉

Year Two Blogging Goal #1:  Thou shall blog three times a week without gaining any weight.

I don’t know why I thought it was going to be easy.  My first year of teaching:  NOT EASY!  My first year of marriage:  NOT EASY!  My first year of parenting:  Definitely NOT EASY! As a blogging rookie with A LOT to learn, I had to pace myself.  Give myself some grace.  Do some research on how to gain an audience.  Understand that not all blogs peak at the same time.  Believe in myself and my food philosophy.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Stacks ~ Pearls + Girls

Over the past year, I have acquired an amazingly eclectic ensemble of foodie friends from all over the world!  These are people who are just as passionate about food as I am, and they literally save me from the monotony of stay-at-home-motherhood every. single. day.  So whether you are a food blogger, wanna-be-foodie, or just a loyal family member or friend, I want to thank you for sticking with me through my first year of blogging.  It’s been a joy to share my stories, photos and recipes with you! 🙂

Wait, you didn’t think I was going to pour my heart out and then leave you empty handed, did you?  Rarely do I celebrate without a dessert in one hand (or two for that matter)!  Since I’m a nostalgic, sentimental fool, I decided to do a twist on one of the first recipes I ever shared on my blog, my Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Sure, the recipe is from the back of the Ghirardelli chocolate chip bag, but I bet they didn’t think to layer it with cookie dough frosting!!!  Enjoy! 🙂

Chocolate Chip Cookie Stacks

Yield: approx. 8-10 cookie stacks

Ingredients

    Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 oz. bag miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Cookie Dough Frosting
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP milk or cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl, set aside.
  3. Cream butter with sugar and brown sugar in a mixing bowl on a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed until incorporated.
  5. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture.
  6. Sitr in chocolate chips.
  7. Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased or Silpat lined cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Cookie Dough Frosting
  10. Cream the butter and brown sugar together in a mixing bowl on a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  11. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix on low speed for a few seconds to combine slightly.
  12. Add 2 tablespoons of milk or cream.
  13. Beat frosting on medium high speed for two minutes.
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Comments

    • KatieKatie says

      Thanks, Sheila! It’s a lot of fun, so the work is worth it! 😉 Congrats on your upcoming anniversary!!!

  1. says

    Oh wow, cheers to that!! 🙂 And I know how hard the first months are (only 6 months for me), there is just so much to learn during this time. I still feel like I don’t have a clue about anything. But of course I love it anyway! 🙂 ENjoy your cake!!

    • KatieKatie says

      Oh boy, the things I’ve learned, Tina! It’s an uphill battle trying to keep up with the pack, but it’s so fun! 🙂