Bookish Fun | Lara Jean’s Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Oh boy do I have a treat for you!

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If you don’t already know, I am a huge fan of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han! Lara Jean (the main character) is a baking genius, and she is in possession of the perfect chocolate chip cookie!

So, obviously I had to try and recreate it.

After hours of digging around, I found a recipe that I’m pretty darn sure Lara Jean would be proud of.

Without further ado, I give you…. (drum roll please)…

Lara Jean’s Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Tried and tested by yours truly 🙂 and let me tell you what! They are certainly the best cookies I’ve ever had (including homemade, store-bought, bakery bought, etc.!).

(Recipe found on The Cookbook Chronicles. This website that no longer exists.) 

The Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter (room temperature!)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup demerara sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp bread flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt OR sea salt
  • 18 oz. 70% bittersweet chocolate (coarsely chopped)

The Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition.
  4. Add vanilla extract, flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix well!
  5. Add chocolate and stir in!
  6. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray. Scoop heaping tablespoons of the cookies batter and them roll into balls. Place them on the baking sheet and dust them with a bit of demerara sugar.
  7. Bake on the middle rack (this is important!) in the preheated oven for 12-13 minutes. When the time is up, the cookies should have a slightly darker color around the edge, while still looking very soft and gooey in the center.
  8. Allow to cool for 10 minutes!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post (and enjoy the cookies!)!

Thanks for reading!

Book Review | Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Available: Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 336

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Publisher: May 2nd 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Format: Bought, Kindle

Rating: 5/5 stars

Recommend: People who like fluffy romance and realistic characters. Good for after a heavy book.


*Very slight-spoilers*

WOWOWOWOW!!!

Can I be Lara Jean??? I mean, really. She has the cutest life (and Peter Kavinsky doesn’t hurt either amiright?)

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Top 5 Books to Read When Its Snowing Outside

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Happy December 1st friends!

(Or, as I like to call it, Christmas #1)!

I haven’t been super active lately due to exams and AP Chemistry (ewewewewew), but I’m trying my best to keep it together in school which means this blog has to take a back seat every now and then 😦

BUT! Here I am with a post on the very first day of December! And today it’s all about the holidays and books, so cozy up with a warm blanket and a hot beverage and let us begin!

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Book Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

Available: Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 367

Genres: contemporary, new adult

Publisher: August 2nd 2016 by Atria Books

Format: Bought, Paperback

Rating: 4/5 stars


*minor-spoilers*

I was very unprepared for the heaviness that was this book. And don’t worry, this is a spoiler-free review, because I think that going into this without knowing anything is the absolute best way to read it.

Now, lemme just start off by saying, I was in the mood for a fluffy contemporary with very little problems, and I did not get that from this book at all. I went into it without knowing anything and was prepared for it to be happy, but by the end I was sobbing at 3 AM.

So, I suppose Mrs. Hoover did a great job with the subject she was portraying!

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Hellos & Goodbyes: August

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Aight, so remember how like three months ago I was all like, “Yeah, in August imma be in Saudi Arabia finally!”? Well that obviously didn’t happen as I am still in the USA.

BUT

I am confident that this time next month, we will be in Saudi Arabia (lol I probably just jinxed myself, but come on!!!). Anyway, I just wanted to give a lil’ preface before you think that every time I say I’m leaving i’m just lying (which, I guess technically I am. Oops.).

I hope you enjoy this (late) post!

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Book Tag: The Literary Dinner Party

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I’ve had a reading slump at the actual worst time. I’m like fifty pages away from finishing three different books and I just can’t seem to work up the motivation to do it (and they’re really good books too UGH).

Therefore, this post will not be a review like I had previously hoped.

I wasn’t exactly tagged to do The Literary Dinner Party Tag, but it looked so cute and fun that I just couldn’t resist! This tag was created by book tuber NEHOMAS2 (you can watch her video by clicking the link!).

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How To: Read When Your Life Is Completely Crazy

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Given that many of you have other obligations besides reading (if you don’t, how dare you I’m jealous) things can become a little bit crazy to say the least. You’ve got school and/or your job, extra-curricular activities, personal things going on… If you think about it, it’s a wonder that we even have time to breathe, let alone read a full length novel!

In other words:

your plate is full!

So how how how do we keep reading during times like these? HA, good question, because I too still struggle with this, BUT I have figured out a few ways to make things a little easier on all of us 🙂

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Book Review: Under My Skin by Laura Diamond

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*Spoiler-Free*

Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. But staying alive requires Adam to become keenly focused on both his pulse and the many different daily medications he must take in exactly the right dosages. Adam’s torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart.
The pressure is getting to him. Adam stops talking to his friends back home, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents out entirely. His days are spent wondering if can cope with having a dead man’s heart beating inside his chest, or if he should surrender to the thoughts of suicide swirling around in his head.
And then a donor is found…
Outspoken artist Darby Fox rarely lets anything stand in her way of achieving her goals . Whether it’s painting, ignoring her homework (dyslexia makes a mess out of words anyway), kissing a hot boy she doesn’t even know, or taking the head cheerleader down a peg , no one has ever accused Darby of being a shy. She also happens to be the twin sister to a perfect brother with good looks, good grades, manners, and the approval of their parents – something Darby has never had.
Darby’s always had bad timing . She picks the worst time to argue with her brother Daniel. In a car with bald tires, on an icy road in the freezing cold, the unthinkable happens. In a split-second, everything changes forever.

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