Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Stress Buster Cookies


I had a very bad week. I was asked by the senior partner to do something against my conscience and ethics.

I was so appalled and upset that I raised my voice and banged my fist in dissent. That was very bad. But I just lost it.

I won't go into details but suffice to say it ruined my day. So. On Saturday, I went to the movies. Wonder Woman. Hah! That's not the sort of movie I would choose to watch but it was entertaining. Nothing like watching a kickass gorgeous babe.

I was so impressed by the physique of the women of Themyscira that I googled for the workout on Youtube. Bah! I would rather be baking cookies.

Anyway. I thought my troubles were over when I received a phone call on some arising issues. That really spoilt my weekend. When you are not in a position to object, you are filled with nothing but angst and frustration.



So what did I do? Bake cookies of course. There is nothing that a batch of warm cookies cannot fix. I can't say that this is a healthy thing to do, but staying angry does not help one bit. 



These cookies are packed with walnuts, chocolate chips, dried sour cherries and rolled oats.  I made a full recipe but baked only 1/4 of the dough. The rest I stashed in my trusty freezer for a time of leisure or crisis.

It is sad and disappointing that ethics and integrity are compromised to please a client. And I am not even going to say sorry for how I felt.

Everything Cookies
Recipe source : Adapted from Joy of Baking

Ingredients : 
- 200g butter, softened
- 100g caster sugar
- 200g brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 250g self-raising flour
- 160g rolled oats
- 100g walnuts, chopped
- 120g dried sour cherries
- 150g semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method :
1. Using a hand mixer, beat butter until creamy.
2. Add both sugar and continue to beat until creamy.
3. Add vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. Add flour and using a spatula, fold the flour into the butter mixture until evenly combined.
5. Add oats, walnuts, dried cherries and chocolate chips.
6. Mix everything up evenly and scoop the dough onto a lined baking tray.
7. Bake at 160C for 15 minutes or longer for a crispier cookies.
8. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before transferring the cookies onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

39 comments:

  1. I can totally relate to your feelings as I was once constantly subjected to the same during one of my tenures with an ex-firm which led to unhappiness in work. Unfortunately, I did not learn how to bake then and decided to call it a day as I was constantly fighting with my own conscience then. Ha Ha! Anyway, stay strong!

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    1. Thank you, Lily! I appreciate you sharing your story :)

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  2. Oh yes... Your cookies look amazing and surely taste good!

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    1. The cookies were great. That's why I baked only 1/4 portion or else... hah...hah...

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  3. Oh dear, when you put it like that, I take it that in the end the senior partner won? I know of a case in USA that a high sales executive ended up in prison because she did something the directors asked her to do which is against the securities body as their company is a public listed company. I hope the case you are involved in does not run foul of the law else you are right to bang your fist and stand your ground.

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    1. I had to state my stand but had to go along. Hopefully nothing negative comes out of this.

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  4. I think not only auditors/auditing firms have to compromise on ethics and integrity these days just to please the clients, it happens in other jobs/industries too...haiz :( Anyway, these cookies look very similar to the soft chewy chocolate chip cookies you baked the other day too.

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    1. Yeah, it just kills me. These cookies are similar with the earlier one but has additional ingredients. They gave me a lot of comfort. hah..hah.

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  5. After the bad days, it looked like it ended well with yummy cookies. Hope you have much better week this week. xoxo

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  6. Nampak sedap n rangup jer kukis tu PH, saya yg nk raya ni pun x bape ada mood nk ngukis ni adesss

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    1. Ada 1.5 minggu lagi, Lina. Cepat baking! hee..hee...

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  7. I had my bad days at work too.. kick them out of my memory disk the moment I retire. :) So..it is always good to pamper us "wonder woman" every now and then.. after all the hard work slogging in the office, forget about the calories.. :)

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  8. Hope you felt better after the baking :)

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  9. Oh yikes - but at least your conscience should be clear - cos you tried to say no and you still stood up for what's right! Ethics is a tricky thing in business, I guess - they always say you have to bend a few rules to climb higher ...

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    1. I find it highly unacceptable especially when one is a professional. But well, this is not a perfect world :(

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  10. Oh? I thought you would be working out to get your shape to look like Wonder Woman. Muahahahahaha!!! I've had my share of chocolate chip cookies - my girl bought me a lot, imported ones. I wish she would not do that - I'm fine with the cheap local ones.

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    1. I was inspired at first until I saw the exercises one has got to go through to get that shape. LOL!

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  11. So sorry to hear about your bad week. I guess life was never meant to be smooth sailing, so that's why we should have our own interests and hobbies to take our mind off things when things go bad. Hope you feel better after baking those cookies.

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    1. Thanks, Aunty Young. I feel very much better already :)

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  12. Oh dear! Baking cookies is just what you need! Your cookies looks super good!

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    1. Thanks, Joyce! The cookies made my day.

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  13. Oh no! Yea, sometimes we just have to shout out loud ! "AHHHHHHH"!
    Hope you feel much better after baked a batch of yummy cookies.
    These cookies surely taste good ! Love the addition of roll oats + chocolate chips! Yum!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! The cookies sure cheered me up.

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  14. At least you made your stand, thumbs up for the courage!

    The cookies look great, it would great to dip and eat with milk or coffee

    For cookies or biscuits, I like those digestive biscuits

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    1. Thanks! I used to like digestive biscuits too.

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  15. I'm glad you at least expressed your discomfort with your boss. No one should ever be in a position to be forced to do something against their ethics. You are right to say no.

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    1. I simply had to say what I had to say. But in the end, I still had to comply...

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  16. Wow! Our Wonder Woman banged her fist! You should have used the table cloth as your cape and shield yourself with your WOK!!! When you scream your lungs out, I would start purring softly - "May I have some cookies?"

    #AngryWomanPH #CookiesSedapMARAH #MimpiBolehMakan

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    1. Wahahahaha!!! You are a very, very funny man :D

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  17. I feel for you, Phong Hong. I too hate being forced to do things knowing it is not right. I am glad I am retired now. I am drooling over your cookies. I know they taste yummy by the look!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. I am waiting to retire. LOL!

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  18. Ahhhh lega I. Tak fikir pasal kerja lagi dah hihi....
    Mmg benda benda mcm tu kadang kadang boleh spoil mood kita sepanjang minggukan.

    I pun baru buat cookies tadi dan semalam LL....Minggu depan sambung lagi haha

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    1. Nak berhenti kerja lah, Hainom. Tapi duit punya pasal, tak boleh :(

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