I’m Jessie Hayes-McKay, and I plan to make this a collaboration of my life. I’m new to blogging so I’m not sure if it’ll work out, but I have hope. Blogs have become an important way for me to find information and new ideas for many of my life’s passions and projects, so I figured creating one of my own and giving back a bit of knowledge, as well as having a tool to organize my thoughts sounded pretty great. I’m an interior designer by trade, and a mother, crafter and homemaker by passion. I plan to share my plans and goals as I renovate our 60’s built townhouse (Most of it is still the original design and materials), as well as crafts, baking, and life adventures my husband, 2 kids, and I have. Possibly even a few rants, hopes, and dreams will get thrown in for good measure too. Who knows? Here’s to connecting with like minded souls, and whatever adventures the future brings.
So what did everyone do for their extra day this February 29th? Me? I made sure my family was bathed, and baked some yummy cookies (the recipe for which I’ll be sharing with you here in a bit) and some more healthy snack muffins, mainly for my son… then since it was a Monday, it was game night for us so my husbands friends were all over, and we played D&D. For such a short month, February was insanely busy for us with my moms visit from B.C., family and Valentines weekend, helping at my daughters school with a field trip and their book fair, and some visits from friends I don’t get to see often.
And even though March is back to being a nice long month, it seems it won’t be slowing down any. For starters, it’s my birthday this Friday March 4th! I’ll be sharing in my next post all about the events, goodies, and wish list I have planned for that, cause after all I’ll be turning the big 25, and I’m the kind of gal who’s realized that if I want something done right, I have to make sure it happens. And who doesn’t like their birthday going just how they’d like it to?
Also in March is my brothers birthday, St.Patrick’s Day, Easter (I still can’t get over how weird it is that Easter is in March this year, haha), and the start of my daughters spring break. There are movies we’d like to see, report cards coming home, and some awesome events happening at our Telus World of Science Edmonton center. And that’s just what I already know about! Who knows what other school events, friends visits, and fun activities we’ll end up planning?!
So yeah, as you can tell, I’m rather excited about this month 🙂
But anyways, onto the yummy part of my post, the Reece’s Pieces butterscotch chocolate chip cookies I made! I looked through my trusty Pinterest for a good Reece’s Pieces chocolate chip cookie recipe, but couldn’t find one that I really liked, so I found one that was the closest to what I wanted to do, and modified it. I found my base recipe at Baker by Nature and here’s my modified version below:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup/8 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp + 2 tsp cocoa powder (This was taken from the original extra 2 tbsp of brown sugar and the 2 tsp of vanilla which I don’t use as my husbands allergic to vanilla, to make it more chocolaty)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- 1/2 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
- 1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces (I used the minis but full-sized are OK, too)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat (depending on if you want bigger or smaller cookies) and set aside. I managed to get 36, or 3 dozen cookies out of this, but the original says for 2 dozen, so it’s just up to you how big you want them.
- In a medium bowl mix the flour, baking soda, and sea salt together and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk the 2 kinds of sugars, the vanilla, and butter until light and fluffy. (You can use a stand mixer/ handheld mixer to help here, if you have one as it says in the original recipe, but I always mix mine by hand with a spoon and it turns out just fine).
- Beat in the eggs until they’re just combined. Gently fold in the flour mixture with a rubber or silicon spatula, stirring only until the flour begins to disappear. I usually do it a third at a time to make it easier to mix it all in.
- Mix in the chocolate cookie crumbs, then fold in the butterscotch chips, and mini Reese’s Pieces, 1 at a time.
- Roll your preferred sized balls of dough (I use an ice cream scoop for sizing and take heaping scoopfuls and my use hands to round them out) then place on prepared sheet; Don’t forget to leave room in between each cookie for spreading. The original recipe says to make balls about 3 tbsp big (almost a 1/4 cup in size), but I wanted smaller cookies, and more of them, in hopes that they would last longer. Continue this process until all the dough has been rolled.
- Place baking sheets in preheated oven and bake for 12 minutes, or until golden at the edges but still soft in the middle. Let the cookies cool for 5-10 minutes on the sheet before transferring to a wire wrack to cool completely.
I was very happy that they turned out with how much I modified the recipe, but since I didn’t really modify the base ingredients too much, I’m glad to say they turned out amazing! I’m surprised there are still some left 2 days later!
So what plans do you have this month of March? Do you think Easter being at the end of the month is weird too? If you make the cookies, I’d love to hear any feedback you have! Thanks for reading! Until next time, here’s to good cookies and helpful monthly planning.