Baking the stress away

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Baking the stress away

The end of the school year can be a stressful time for most because finals, AP tests, projects, and preparing for the summer can be overwhelming; however, National Chocolate Chip Day is in May, so it could be a great time to try new recipes and tasty desserts. 

Although simple, a chocolate chip cookie can be a sweet treat for any student trying to release some stress. To make a soft cookie collect the following supplies:

  1. ¼ cup sugar, ½ cup baking soda, vanilla extract, ½ cup butter, 1 egg, and ½ cup salt and chocolate chips.
  2. Melt, and whisk butter.
  3. Mix in ¼ cup of sugar, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and 1 egg. 
  4. Add in ½ teaspoon of baking soda and ½ teaspoon of salt, and then finally mix in chocolate chips-1 cup.
  5. Put them on a cookie sheet, and then bake for seven to ten minutes at 350 degrees.  

Chocolate chips can also be incorporated in frozen treats. With summer almost here, and the temperature rising over the past few weeks, cold sweets can be a great way to cool down. Watermelon Sorbet is a delicious dessert that  incorporates chocolate chips into a cold snack. The recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, water, 3 cups chopped seedless watermelon, 1 cup orange juice, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, and chocolate chips.

  1. Boil the water and sugar together.
  2. Using a food processor or a blender, puree 3 cups of seedless watermelon.
  3. Add 1 cup of orange juice and 2 tablespoons of lime juice to the puree, and blend again. 
  4. Cover and refrigerate the puree for 3 hours. 
  5. Add the chocolate chips when serving the dessert. 

Though the recipes are tasty, they can also be entertaining, for example, creating a chocolate peanut butter pizza. The ingredients include ½ shortening, 2 cups peanut butter, ½ cup each of sugar and brown sugar, 2 eggs, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 ½ cups of flour, marshmallows, and of course the chocolate chips. This is how to make the pizza:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Mix in ½ cup of shortening, peanut butter, and both sugars until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Add in 2 eggs, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 ½ cups of flour. Then mix.
  4. Add the mixture to a pizza pan, and shape it. Then, bake for about 16 minutes. 
  5. Remove from the oven and for the pizza toppings, put  the chocolate chips, marshmallows, and peanut butter.
  6. Finally, return the pizza to the oven for about 3 or more minutes to melt the toppings.

This time of the year is stressful for any student, but taking some time to relax, bake, and then enjoy your sweet treat can be a great way to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day.