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Ruby Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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When it comes to chocolate chip desserts, we thought we’d covered all the bases, but that was before we discovered ruby chocolate. That’s right, pink chocolate exists, and there aren’t enough exclamation points to contain our excitement!

Categorized as the fourth type of chocolate, ruby chocolate is still relatively new on the dessert and baking scene but is quickly making its decadence known. Extracted from real ruby cocoa beans, this pretty pink chocolate contains zero artificial dyes and includes subtle notes of berry. And while it’s still a little hard to come by, Trader Joe’s has been one of the leading retailers to sell the pink chocolate with its ruby cocoa wafers.

But what better way to enjoy ruby chocolate than in chocolate chip cookies? The end result is like biting into a soft shortbread cookie with a slight fruity aftertaste. The only way we can fully get across how delicious this dessert is is by walking you through the recipe ourselves. Grab your apron, and let’s get started!

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This recipe comes with a lengthy list of ingredients, but don’t be intimidated. While the ruby chocolate chips are the star of the show, raw cocoa butter plays just as crucial of a role. Often sold in chunks or thick shavings, raw cocoa butter can be found at your local grocery store that specializes in organic produce such as Whole Foods. (This is also probably where you’ll be able to find ruby chocolate.)

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Make sure you let the melted raw cocoa butter cool before you add the next batch of ingredients.

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You should have a crumbly texture before you add your ruby chocolate chips.

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Fold in the chocolate wafers until the chips and dough are mixed together.

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Scoop the dough into medium-size balls onto a light-colored cookie sheet, and pop these babies in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

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Prior to baking your cookies in the oven, make sure to line your baking sheets with parchment paper to help prevent burning the bottoms. The recipe calls for 13 to 15 minutes in the oven, but err on the side of caution as they can look undercooked due to their light color. I had mine in for about 12 minutes, and they were perfect!

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Notes

It’s recommended to use lighter-colored baking sheets so the bottoms don’t burn quickly. If you have darker baking sheets, try stacking a few on top of each other to prevent burning.

Ruby Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 4 ounces raw cacao butter
    1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt (if using Morton’s or table salt use 3/4 teaspoons)
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
    1 large egg
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
    5 ounces ruby cacao wafers or 1 cup chopped ruby chocolate

Directions

  1. Melt cacao butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Once fully melted, pour into a large mixing bowl (make sure it’s heat-proof) and cool until it’s no longer hot to touch.
  2. In the large mixing bowl, add sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and butter. Cream on medium speed until fluffy and a white cream color. Add egg, then vanilla, and continue beating until well combined. While on low speed, mix in flour until incorporated, then fold in ruby cacao chips.
  3. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and using a medium sized cookie scooper, scoop dough into balls. Leave about two inches of room between each dough ball. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 325°F. If desired, place a few ruby chips on the top of the dough balls. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until puffed. Keep a very close eye as the tops will still look pale in color compared to standard cookies, but the bottoms will brown quickly! If you’re unsure if the cookies need more time, do the toothpick test.
  5. Let cool on baking sheets for about five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. You can continue to cool them, but they are best if served warm.
  6. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to four days.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Emily Weaver

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The First-Ever Video Game Console Was A Beautiful Mess

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Did you know Neil Armstrong pooped himself taking his first step on the moon? Or that the Vikings who reached Newfoundland mispronounced Beothuk as “Buttock” for two years before someone corrected them? When you’re the first, you’re bound to make a lot of rookie mistakes. And the same can be said of the makers of the first-ever home video game console, who really nailed the console part. The video game part? Not so much.

The Magnavox Odyssey was — actually, let’s talk about its name first. How did we get from something so lyrical that it evokes epic lo-rez journeys to Playstations and Xboxes, which evoke standing in line at the DMV? The machine itself is also a sight to behold. Despite being the size of a modern console but with the guts of a tape deck player, its exterior nails that beautiful Kubrickian futurism that Sony’s sentient air conditioners can only dream of achieving. 

Not until or since the Dreamcast was a gaming console so beautifully pretentious. 

And that alien beauty is also included in the controller, a ridiculous side-scrolling artifact unburdened by knowledge of Twitch gaming.

Or basic ergonomics, for that matter. 

But when it came to the games themselves, there’s a reason the Odyssey called itself things like a “closed circuit electronic playground” and a “total play and learning experience.” Though my favorite is its title as an “electronic game simulator,” because it does at least try to simulate what an electronic game could be. But with fewer pixels than games (28), and the kind of games you’d find in a funfair slot machine, the Odyssey knew it had to distract players that it had the processing power of a lightbulb. To do so, it filled its box with all kinds of board game knick-knacks, including dice and play cards (with American state trivia!), but also paper money and poker chips.

 For some high stakes Simon Says.

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Texas Boys, Ages 5 And 7, Fend For Themselves For Days After Mom Collapses And Dies At Home

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Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos.

This is a truly tragic story.

Teachers in Talty, Texas, grew increasingly concerned when they noticed two of their young students — a pair of brothers, ages 5 and 7 — had been missing a lot of consecutive days of school.

The boys hadn’t been to class and staff hadn’t heard anything from their mother.

Connie Taylor, 71, was in the process of officially adopting the two boys, as they had been living with her full-time as her foster kids.

Staff members from the Forney Independent School District felt something was wrong after receiving no word as to their whereabouts, so they called the police.

Officers were sent to Connie’s home for a welfare check.

When they arrived, the boys opened the door for the officers and pointed to their mom, who was laying lifeless on the floor.


They said she’d passed out and wouldn’t wake up.

They said they tried to call someone for help, but they couldn’t unlock Connie’s cellphone.

Officers were shocked upon learning their mother wasn’t passed out; she had, sadly, died — and her little boys had been fending for themselves inside their home ever since.

And because they didn’t know their neighbors and were afraid to venture outside alone, they just stayed inside and ate whatever food they had there.

The local police are hailing the teachers who called them as heroes for listening to their instincts and alerting them.

Watch the video below to see what has unfolded since this horrible discovery.

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Michaela Coel And Donald Glover Got Real Together About The Obsessive Nature Of Social Media

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Michaela Coel (creator, writer, and star of HBO’s I May Destroy You) and Donald Glover (creator, writer, and star of FX’s Atlanta) had a conversation for GQ, and it was as expansive and insightful as you’d expect it the piece to be. Amid other topics of discussion, Glover revealed that he’s not necessarily done with Childish Gambino yet, and the two discussed their various brainchildren with Coel revealing that, as far as literal children go, she’s not incredibly attached to the idea but is freezing her eggs. The conversation included Donald raving about IMDY, but he hasn’t seen that finale yet, so a followup discussion might be necessary, public or otherwise.

In the meantime, the two discussed (among subjects as wide ranging as “WAP” and Elon Musk taking over our brains) the urge that many people have to obsess over social media approval. Michaela mentioned that time when she first revealed (a few years ago while giving a keynote address) that she turned a Netflix offer, and she actually didn’t follow up to see if people tweeted about it. Glover was all in on that vibe and referenced how Nina Simone probably wouldn’t dig Twitter:

“That’s awesome. Nina Simone did her thing and then she went home. She wasn’t on Twitter checking, “Do people like this sh*t?” I try really hard not to know what people are saying about me. That’s not to say that I’m impervious, because I definitely do check. It’s so easy to get caught in that loop. I feel like a lot of people I see are getting caught in the narrative of who they are. And I’m like, “Man, you’re not anybody. Stop!”

From there, Michaela likened Twitter to a “monster,” but she added that this is a highly relative term, as in “just like all monsters, you can see it either as this huge monstrous thing or this little baby that’s having teething problems.” She said that while writing IMDY, she had to get the heck off Twitter for awhile because it wasn’t contributing to the clarity of her narrative. Before this declaration, GQ quotes Donald as remarking, “Naming that bar Ego Death [in I May Destroy You]? I was like, “Yo, this sh*t is f*cking deep. This is a f*cking deep dive, man.” Agreed. You can read the full feature here.

In closing, I’d like to mention that Michaela happened to tell us that she wouldn’t mind if her Arabella character popped up in Atlanta one day. And given that Atlanta‘s third and fourth seasons are apparently written and ready to film whenever it’s safe to do so, might we suggest a slight revision for an Arabella cameo? Surely, Glover can make it happen. Even if Arabella’s only walking by in that pink wig and telltale sweater or dancing to The Prodigy, it’d be an unforgettable crossover.

(Via GQ)

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