SPICED BERRY AND CREAM COOKIES

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These cookies came and went just as fast as the middle of the week 4th of a July. 

Last year I baked two pies, but with the recent heat wave in NYC, there was so just no way- so I went with an alternative, cookies inspired by some red, white, and blue (ok maybe not blue). 

This week in my world of wellness, a big focus has been on mental health- which is something I feel personally strong about. With recent current events (RIP Anthony Bourdain) more and more companies have been wondering, what can they do?

As someone who talks about mental health openly and has been seeing a therapist for 10+ years on and off, it pains me to see people who are actively trying to seek help and just can't. I guess this post just turned into an informational one- I'm sharing my healthcare and tech knowledge for the world because step one in feeling better is addressing our emotions. Once we do that, everything else will start to fall into place. 

While there will always be issues with our healthcare system, it's a good place to start. Reach out to your insurance company to see if they can help you find a therapist in-network, going out-of-network will cost more money, and if you're budget conscious, it's something to keep in mind. Looking on ZocDoc can also help. If you work at a company that offers an EAP, you can also call them for 3-5 sessions on the company to chat with someone. Other things to consider are apps such as TalkSpace, MoodNotes, Happy, or Pacifica

And when all else fails, a cookie always helps. 

Slightly Adapted and Inspired by A Cozy Kitchen

Servings: 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 12 tablespoons softened and unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 3/4 cup freeze dried raspberries
  • 1/2 cup finely diced fresh strawberries
  • 16 oz white chocolate chips
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Directions:

  1. Cream together butter and sugars.
  2. Then add in the cinnamon and cardamom.
  3. Add in the egg and vanilla. 
  4. Next add in the salt, baking powder, then baking soda.
  5. In 1 cup increments, add in the flour.
  6. Lastly, fold in the berries and white chocolate.
  7. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
  8. Heat oven to 350 and bake cookies for 14 minutes and let cool on tray before transferring to wire rack to fully cool.
  9. Enjoy! 
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