Meltaway Moments

Yesterday I was lucky enough to go to a gorgeous spa at a local-ish ski resort.  I went with 8 other super cool ladies who live around the corner.
I know this sounds a bit indulgent, but I will tell you that a lady of leisure, I am not.  As all moms know, there comes a point when you just NEED some “me” time.  Yesterday was that day for me.
We yoga’d, we wined, we ate (and ate), we got facials, massages and a few other ridiculously relaxing forms of pampering.
It was so great.
But here’s the thing… there’s always a “thing”, right?
The massage scenario…it’s sort of weird…
Me, essentially nekked, except for my undies, letting some random lady give me a rub-down.  Where else in the world would I let this happen?  Seriously, I am sure that “Karen” was nice enough, but she was a stranger to me.
We met, shook hands, she asked me a few random questions about stress and fragrant oils and then boom…robe off, head in hole, lying in the world’s most un-flattering position, while she secretly judges my “Hanes Her Way” Target undies and wonders how I let myself get that much cellulite on my thighs.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every minute of it, but at times I found myself thinking about back-fat and spider veins, when I should have really just been “in the moment”.
It’s a strange thing, the massage.
Facials are bit more…clinical, if you will…and plus, you look at yourself everyday in the mirror.  You know what you have going on up there, but how often do I get a good look at me from behind?  Not only from behind, but laying down completely flat, where the only place your goodies have to go is sideways. Well, I will tell you the answer to that question…never.  I try to avoid it actually.
I mean you can’t bend your knees to give the illusion of smaller thighs when laying face-down, you can’t suck in back-fat (trust me, I have tried)…it’s all just there.
I tried to turn my brain off during the 50 minutes of peace, but I haven’t found that “zen” yet.  It’s something that I need to work on.
So, anyway, the day was ultimately a success and I would do it again next week, if I could get away with it…anybody in??
Well, while I wait for my bank account to replenish I will give you a yummy cookie recipe that is just about as indulgent as a day at the spa.
It’s another one from The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook.  I made the Cookie Dough Cheesecake bars from this book a few weeks ago.  It’s a winner of a book in my house and trust me, these yummy little cookies did not disappoint.  I made only a few changes to suit my tastes and also to accommodate my pantry.
Chocolate Chip Filled “Melting Moments”
Cookies:
1/2 c. AP flour
1/2 c. cake flour
3/4 c. cornstarch
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter (I used salted) ~ room temp
3/4 c. powdered sugar
2 t. vanilla
Filling:
1 stick butter ~ room temp
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla
rounded 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
Preheat to 300
Line baking sheets with parchment
For cookies:
Sift both flours, cornstarch, baking powder and salt together.  Set aside.
In mixer bowl beat butter and powdered sugar on medium for about a minute, until light and fluffy, scraping down sides as necessary.  Add vanilla and mix until blended.  On low speed add the flour mixture and mix until dough forms.
Measure 1 level tablespoon of dough, now pull into 2 equal parts.  Roll each half into a smooth ball of dough, placing on prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
*The original recipe called for each cookie to be 1 T. of dough, as opposed to the 1/2, but I wanted smaller cookies, so use your discretion on the size, just know that preferred the smaller (about 1 1/2″ is diameter after baked)
Once all the cookies are on the baking sheet take a fork and press down in the dough flattening it, leaving the fork tine impression.
Bake cookies until bottom are slightly golden, but the tops do not get color, about 20 minutes.
Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes and then transfer to wire cooling rack.
For filling:
In mixer with paddle attachment beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth on medium speed.
Add the chocolate chips and mix on low until chips are combined.
Fill ziplock with the filling and cutting off the tip of the bag squeeze about a teaspoon on one half of the cookie, pressing another cookie gently on top to make a sandwich.
Store in sealed container for up to 5 days.
 These cookies are a perfect remedy for those days that you WISH you were at the spa, getting your shoulders worked by a random lady named Karen…but I will say, they aren’t gonna help you with the cellulite issue 😉
Enjoy none-the-less!!
ps – this is also my entry in the Flavor of the Month over at Bake at 350!  Check out some of the other awesome Chocolate recipes for this month!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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44 Responses
  1. Melanie

    I found your blog through Baking Bites and it is absolutely amazing. These meltaway cookies are so unique and wow, I can imagine how delicious they would be.

    P.S. I hear you on the stranger massage issue. Weird.

  2. Monica H

    Ooh these looks so good. I can almost taste them.

    I had a massage the other day from "kira" and not a single one of these thoughts crossed my mind, UNTIL NOW! ha ha!

  3. Shauna from Piece of Cake

    Stop it! I was totally thinking of making these last week, and the when I realized I was out of mini chocolate chips, I went for the lemon white chocolate chip butter cookies instead. Great minds…

  4. Emily

    These cookies look amazing!

    I know how you feel about the massage. Actually, I don't, because I've never had a massage before. But I would feel the same way as you did, I'm sure.

  5. Holly

    MmmmYum! these look so, so,so good!:) Im new here..to your blog and the food blogging world-come by and check us out:)

  6. Mara...

    These look amazing. Just seeing that big bag of filling with chocolate chips…YUM!!! And I love a massage, but I do spend a good amount of time freaking out a bit about a stranger rubbing all over me!

  7. Amanda

    What a fun recipe, those cookies look awesome and soft! Love your spa story, that's SO me. Back fat from H-E-double hockey sticks (as my kids would say LOL) 😉

  8. Rain

    Love your spa story. I laughed out loud at the part about the Target undies. You are funny. I can really relate. Cookies look awesome.

  9. Mimi

    Just leave a big tip and no one will criticize your back fat, all they will remember is the nice tip.
    The cookies look fantastic.
    Mimi

  10. Teanna DiMicco

    Hahaha you are absolutely right.. back fat cannot be sucked in! Awesome post, awesome cookies! I wish I could have some right now!

  11. Chey can cook! (and more)

    Those look great! Love the post – massages are a funny thing; you always have to remind yourself to be in the moment, that they've seen everything and everyone, and just enjoy it:)

  12. Rebecca

    Ummmm…. just found your blog! Glanced around a bit and now I'm seriously craving some of these cookies 🙂 I'm excited to follow along – your blog is adorable! Have a great day!

  13. Diana's Cocina

    Love the massage story LOL!The filling looks incredible. Oh how I would love to have one with my cup of joe.

  14. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}

    they look delicious! Love the massage story, wish I lived near by I really need a spa day, you mean some people DON'T feel that way at a spa…I do 🙂

  15. Bridgett

    Lol, I love your massage story. I never think of what they might be thinking of me but only hope I don't pass out from enjoying every moment. I love the pic of the pastry bag filled with the chips, yummy! These look and sound amazing.

  16. Mini Baker

    wow!!! these look amazing. I've been looking for a cookie recipe that calls for cake flour! I just might have to make this tomorrow 🙂

  17. Jeanne

    I love your massage story…I've only had one professional massage, and I definitely think it's awkward!

    These cookies sound so delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

  18. Brisbane Baker

    LOL, I know the feeling. I visited a Chiro for a deep tissue massage and the pain I was recieving still wasn't enough to block out my thoughts of what she was thinking about my flaws 😀

    Well worth it, but definitely embarrasing :S

    P.s Wonderful cookies!

  19. Vivian - Let's Try These...

    Visiting your site from Bake at 350 link… the meltaways look delicious and will have to give them a try! Your post about the massage is spot on. I visited Turkey this year and had a turkish bath… talk about nerve wrecking!

  20. Melody

    A friend of mine is a massage therapist and she gave me a gift certificate for a free massage for my birthday. I still haven't used it and it has been 2 years! It's one thing letting "a clinician" do your massage and another to have someone you know give it!

    Those meltaways look amazing. Love the idea of making them a sandwich cookie.

  21. Snooky doodle

    Hi
    You really made me laugh reading this post. I ve never had a massage mainly cause i feel like you said. Am not relaxed showing off all my cellulite to a stranger. 🙂 these cookies look gorgeous and tempting 🙂

  22. bridget {bake at 350}

    Wow…that filling looks incredible! You always make the yummiest looking goodies!

    Your spa story made me laugh! Come back to Texas…we'll go out for facials, cupcakes and drinks! 😉 Somehow, I think you'd have me laughing the entire time!

  23. kitchen koala

    Those look so good! I've never tried melting moments, but I can just imagine how melt-in-your-mouth delicious they are! Love the chocolate chip filling 🙂

  24. SprinkleBakes

    Yum! Those look sooo good. I agree with the above comment- the filling looks excellent and I would probably have more than just a taste from the spatula.
    Oh goodness. The spa story had me lol'ing. I could never have a massage. I'm way too paranoid.

  25. Cammy

    Oh, those cookies look so yummy! The filling looks good enough to eat on its own. 🙂 I can very much relate to your non-zen place with the massage. My husband and I had a couples massage after we were married and it was just weird. I found myself with an ever present case of the nervous giggles.

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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