I have NO idea how I did this, but I seemed to have skipped cookie #33!!!! At first, I thought I missed an entire day, but I didn't - I just jumped from cookie #32 to #34. I'm convinced it was because I was so excited about the checkered flags, but in reality, it was problem just my mommy brain. I'm constantly striving for that perfect balance between all the different aspects of my life - work, kids, husband. For some reason, the summer just seems to add extra pressure. I'm menu planning for summer parties, prepping for our vacation in three weeks (yippee!), and making sure Sydney has all her necessities for daycamp in addition to my regular stuff. It's no wonder I missed Illinois.
Illinois = the Land of Lincoln. I'm immediately reminded of Lincoln Logs. I never had them as toys growing up - I was more of a Tinker-Toy kinda gal. These cookies are dense and super chocolatey. They have a great texture - not to dry and not too moist - and the chocolate chips add some creaminess. The original recipe I found called for a frosting on the cookies. I initially thought the cookies didn't need it - they were sweet enough - so I skipped it. In retrospect, I wish I'd frosted them. They needed just a bit more sweet to balance the bitterness of the chocolate. Frosted, I think they'd look a little like the buche de Noel I make every year for Christmas.
Illinois Lincoln Logs