Sunday, November 28, 2010

Why Don't You Try Peter Facinelli's Vampire Cookies?

The Anti-Gossip's dear friend Piper Weiss over at Shine wrote a hilarious story recently, "15 clues I'm a grownup, even if I don't act like one," in which she admits that she is a little too old to relate to the Team Jacob, Team Edward feud from Twilight. She is squarely on Team Facinelli. We get that! Yeah he may be the dad, but he never ages and he is married to Kelly Taylor from 90210.

Anyway we digress. Since we too at AG are Team Facinelli, we were psyched when we learned he is kicking some booty in the Glad to Give Celebrity Cookie Challenge where he is competing against funny lady Joan Cusack and our favorite Glee guidance counselor Jayma Mays to see who can sell the most cookies in an online bake sale.

Glad to Give is a partnership with Cookies for Kids' Cancer, a nonprofit committed to raising money to fund pediatric cancer research through bake sales and online cookie sales.

In honor of the holiday spirit, this week we're posting the recipe for Facinelli's Vampire Cherry Chewy Chocolate Chippers.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup dried tart cherries


1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Whisk together the first four ingredients in a small bowl.
3. Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, and vanilla.
4. Beat in flour mixture on low speed until blended well, then mix in chocolate chips and cherries with a wooden spoon.
5. Put level tablespoons of dough 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets and bake in batches in middle of oven until golden around edges; bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
6. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.