An ode to my kitchenaid mixer

The other day I heard an odd whirring sound come from my Kitchenaid stand mixer. After a moment of panic, I realized I just hadn’t locked the arm into place. Pheww. However, my mini-heart attack made me realize how much I love this piece of kitchen equipment. If it broke tomorrow, I’d have no doubts about spending $200 to replace it. My mom gave me the stand mixer as a birthday gift a few years ago, so it only seemed appropriate that I use it to make her Mother’s Day cookies.

I based my recipe on Smitten Kitchen’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies, but made a few alterations.

walnuts

kitchenaid

Ingredients:

  • 8 Tbs whipped butter (was trying to use this up, regular butter would be OK too)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 300 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Cream together the butter and sugar, add the egg whites, vanilla, and baking soda
  • Add the flour and mix just until combined
  • Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips
  • Put rounded Tablespoons of dough on the baking sheets and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown

cookie dough

chocolate chip cookies

chocolate chip cookie

Before packaging these babies up and fed-ex’ing them to Pennsylvania, I made sure to sample a few for “quality control”. They were delicious! The walnuts were chopped up finely enough so that they didn’t interfere with the chocolate taste, but they still contributed a toasty, nutti-ness. The edges were chewy and the middle was soft and gooey – delicious!

chocolate chip cookies

Besides baking cookies, I’ve been having a pretty good week. I had a very yummy “junk salad” for lunch yesterday. Lots of fun ingredients! Arugula, cucumber, carrots, onions, mushrooms, marinated beet salad, chickpeas, blackeyed peas, feta cheese, croutons, and sriracha sauce. YUM.

salad

I also received a sample pair of Pearl Izumi Synchro Fuel trainers. I was a bit hesistant at first – I’d never worn Pearl Izumi shoes before AND I had forgotten my socks in my gym bag, but I’m happy to report that the combo of new shoes + no socks did NOT give me blisters – even on an 8 mile run! My stride felt smooth, yet cushioned in these lightweight trainers. Even better? No IT band troubles, yay! My only gripe – the tongue of the shoe was very big and puffy – it sort of reminded me of a basketball shoe.

pearl izumi

Yesterday I headed to Central Park for the weekly Thursday road workout. The weather was breezy, but sunny – perfect!

  • 3.5 mile warm-up (ran from my apartment)
  • 2 x 2 mile repeats @10K pace with 1/2 mile recovery
  • 2 mile cool-down
  • 10 miles total

I ‘ve only ever raced one 10K (heh, yes, really), so I wasn’t sure how the pace would feel. The first 2 mile repeat felt tough, but only slightly uncomfortable and I finished in 13:59 (~7:00 pace). The second 2 mile repeat felt harder, probably because I was tired, but I was able to run a bit faster and finish in 13:42 (~6:51 pace). Woo-hoo! I felt strong during this workout and definitely not completely wiped out by the end. I finished up with a nice 15 minute-ish cool-down with my college buddy, Jess.

And now it’s Friday! TGIF 🙂

Are you at your ideal racing weight? Head on over to Running Shorts to check out my review of Matt Fitzgerald’s new book for athletes.

I just bought a ticket to the fancy-schmancy charity event – Taste of the Nation NYC. Are any other New York bloggers/readers going to be in attendance? I’d love to meet you!

What’s your favorite type of chocolate chip cookie?

  • That’s so sweet you baked your mom cookies and sent them 🙂
    The most important thing in a good cookie by my mind is butter and vanilla

  • Love, love, LOVE my KitchenAid! I always joke that it’s the only reason to get married 🙂

    I also got a hand mixer recently for those baking adventures that require lots of work — sugar cookies with homemade buttercream frosting, for example — I get too lazy to clean out the KitchenAid bowl more than once!

    Taste of the Nation looks amazing, but I don’t think I have a ticket in my budget right now 🙁 Maybe I’ll see you at Ashley’s potluck?

  • Okay, I officially have kitchen appliance envy. Ice cream makers? Kitchen Aid mixers? Can I come cook at your place? 🙂

    Great workout last night!

  • Those look fantastic, and a great present for her Mom. I have a British standmixer called a Kenwood Chef, and I feel the same way about it!

    My favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe would be another Smitten Kitchen recipe – oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies. But my overall favourite of all choc chip cookies would be one that I haven’t eaten yet – in my hand, heading towards my mouth 😉

  • Those cookies to look soft and chewy, perfection. I love that they are not massive too. I always end up making my cookies waaay too big.

  • I LOVE my kitchenaide mixer. I thought I could live without one. But I was wrong.

  • Hey hey, nice running! And those are some snazzy sneaks, although the big tongue would bug me as well.

    I am not a huge baker, but yes, I have a signature chocolate chip recipe. It’s a modified copycat of the Levain bakery recipe, and it makes me extremely popular at cookie swaps and office parties. There are walnuts in it, but are option.

  • Would you believe that I don’t really like chocolate chip cookies? I am either a plain sugar cookie or an oatmeal raisin kind of girl!

  • Dude – you are the real deal in the kitchen … mixers and whatnot?! I’m trying to be good w/ sweets, but you are not helping the cause. 🙂

    Great run last night. I couldn’t keep up w/ you.

  • Oh fun! I work for PI and I run in the Fuel XCs!

  • I love homemade chocolate chip cookies, esp when they have added PB chips!

  • I looove oatmeal and chocolate chip! Adding walnuts makes them even better.

  • Glad to see you touching on race weight. I am definitely NOT at my ideal race weight; I can’t believe how much injury has impacted that. Mine is about 2 pounds lighter than my normal 5-pound range. It just makes me feel fit and tight and more powerful than when I have a few extra pounds.

  • LR

    I like straight up plain chocolate chip cookies, but the more chocolate the better! I’m envious of your kitchen appliance collection!
    Great workout!

  • gahhh i think i’m gunna bake for the second time and attempt these soon…

    maybe the more i read your blog, it’ll inspire me to run again…

    can’t effing wait for TON!!!

  • Sigh. I want a kitchen aid mixer!! So much. One day…
    I think you’ve just inspired me to get into the kitchen and start baking cookies! Thanks!

  • holy chocolate chip cookies! and a kitchen aid stand mixer how i long for thee!

  • Wow, that is, I can’t wait to try it myself. daughter and I’ll truly adore this.