red velvet chocolate chip cookies.

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it has been a hell of a week. student leader selection season has started, which is going to keep me busy until april. as hectic as it is, it is one of my favorite times of the year.

this year, my challenge will be getting students who applied last year and were not offered a position to reapply this year. many students were discouraged by last year’s results and are not motivated to go through an entire process again with the chance of bad news. i’ve done my best to have individual conversations with these particular students, because last year was a great growth opportunity for them. they have another year under their belts, and they’ll be even more competitive in our applicant pool. how does your institution/department encourage past applicants to reapply?

one of my good friends and old colleagues is visiting me for the next few days. it has been re-energizing to have him here to talk to. he is a bit older than me and has a couple more years experience than i do. he is always offering a different perspective to my way of thinking, which is inspiring. i appreciate his realness. he doesn’t sugarcoat anything. he tells it to you like it is. i never have to worry about whether or not he’s being honest or if he’ll give me feedback. he offers it without hesitation in a caring way.

most of our conversations happen over large cups of coffee and my baked goods. this time, it’s red velvet chocolate chip cookies–with dark chocolate, of course. dark chocolate is our fave. he took a couple of these with him on his way out to reconnect with friends today.

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red velvet chocolate chip cookies
printable recipe – adapted from how sweet it is

yield 2 dozen cookies

ingredients:
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup vanilla sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon red food coloring
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

preheat oven to 375.

in the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment or your hand mixer, cream together butter and sugars until incorporated. add egg and vanilla until mixed. add food coloring and blend. mix in cocoa, flour, baking soda, and salt to mixture. remove bowl and fold in dark chocolate chips.

scoop cookie dough on baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat. bake for 10 minutes. remove from oven and place on cooling rack. consume. if you aren’t consuming this right away, you can put it in an airtight container.

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