I know most of you are here for the recipe, and I promise it’s a gooooood one 🙂 Think Oreo cookies in puffy, soft cookie form with a light, creamy middle. Seriously, delish! Scroll on down for the recipe, or stay a few minutes and hear me talk about ‘sending my kindergartener off’. I know, sounds so exciting 🙂
I completely realize that I would probably be classified as one of those “crazy, emotional” moms on the first day of school. You know the ones I’m talking about, right? The moms that follow the bus to the school just to make sure their son/daughter gets off and into the right classroom. Or, the ones that take a million pictures with tears streaming down their face. Or, the moms who are so emotional and sad that you would think they were attending a funeral….. sheesh! It’s just kindergarten 😉 Yes, my friends. That’s me. And, honestly, I’m ok with that. I will take that title with no shame.
He is my oldest and I think it’s so bittersweet for me to send him off all day out into this world, because in a way he was there with me, pushing (not literally 🙂 ) and inspiring me to finish my school journey; graduating from college.
When I had him I had two semesters left at Brigham Young University (Go Cougars)! It took every ounce of willpower, determination, and bravery I had to finish those two semesters of college. Everyday, as I dropped him off at my dad’s office (he works for BYU and has an office on campus) I would think, why am I leaving my 2 week old? Why am I doing this? I was so conflicted. But, every time I looked at him I thought to myself that I am doing this for him. I’m doing this to teach him that you finish things in life. I’m doing this to show him that a college education matters. I’m doing it to teach him that you can’t give up just because something is hard or seems impossible.
Lest you worry, my husband at this time was also working full-time and going to school (BYU also) full-time. We were busy and I will be forever grateful to my dad for helping me finish. Looking back, I have no regrets. Graduating college with my Bachelor’s Degree is by far one of my most proudest accomplishments. It was not always easy climbing up those stairs to campus (if any of you fine readers are familiar with BYU you will know what I mean 😉 ) being 9 months preggo. It was always hard leaving him while I went to class. I actually remember the first few times I dropped him off at my dad’s office, I drove to the parking lot to go to class, sat in the car and started crying. Like down pouring tears. I called my dad and said, “I can’t do it. Not today. I’m coming back to get him.”
To make what could potentially be a very long story short, I feel like my son helped me finish my schooling and here I am, 5 years later, letting him go, to start his own school journey. I know this is probably way old-fashioned to today’s times but I always wanted to be a stay-at-home with my kids. Even my years through college, I knew I probably would never use my degree, but to me it was still important to have it. My life is being with my kids. And here I am sending one of them off for the entire day. He is so excited and I am excited for him. I cry at night, and I will probably cry after the bus turns the corner. Sometimes moms have to be stronger than their kids!
Anyways, if you read all that, thank you! I know all of us moms are just trying to do the best we can and we all handle things differently, and come from different “mom” backgrounds; working full-time, stay-at-home moms, etc. ALL moms are equal and great!
I keep telling myself over and over:
“If his teacher loves and cares for him even a sliver of what I do, then I know he will be in good hands while he’s away from me” <3
Look on the bright side…… now that he will be gone all day, maybe, just maybe I will be able to get laundry done 🙂 He is my attention demanding child and always has big plans that he wants me to be in charge of.
Now, for what you all came for…….
Here is the long awaited recipe 🙂 These are so good and I may or may not have eaten
2 of them, ok fine, I ate 4 of them. Or maybe 5, I lost count 🙂 They’re good, and even better after they have been chilled.
Yields 16-18 whoopie pies
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 pkg (4.2 oz) Jello-O Oreo Instant Pudding mix
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Heat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets by spraying, lining with parchment paper, or a silpat.
- In a stand mixer or mixing bowl, cream together the sugar, salt, butter, vanilla and egg.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and cocoa. Stir with a wire whisk to sift.
- Add the dry mixture to the butter & egg mixture alternately with the water and buttermilk. Pour half the dry mix into the butter mix, then half the warm water, half the buttermilk and repeat one more time.
- Drop the batter (2-3 tablespoons) onto the cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then remove to wire rack to cool completely.
- To make the filling: Beat heavy whipping cream, Jell-O pudding mix (dry, DO NOT prepare), and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until stiff peaks form.
- Take two cookies of about the same size and spoon cream filling to make a sandwich.
- Store in the fridge. These are best cold from fridge.
** TIP: place your stand mixer bowl and the whisk attachment in the freezer at least an hour prior to beating your cream filling. Take out of freezer when ready and dump ingredients in and then beat until stiff peaks form. This cuts the time in half.
** To make 1/2 cup buttermilk, pour 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar and then fill, with milk, to the 1/2 cup line in the measuring cup.
Enjoy friends! xoxo
chocolate cookie recipe found here