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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tuesday Tune: Shania Twain and a Chocolate Cookie Recipe

G'Day dear friends! Welcome to Natasha In Oz and welcome to this week's Tuesday Tune post.

Has your life been as unbelievably busy as mine lately? I feel as though I have been racing around like a mad thing all week! I have had to do some substitute teaching (there must be lots of sick teachers around....flu season has obviously arrived!), I have had to help my kids with homework, do the usual household duties, cook, go marketing and manage the family....I seemed to be everywhere for everyone this week....

I don't know about you but when I am feeling stressed and I need to relax, I listen to some music and head to the kitchen...not to eat but to bake and cook! Yesterday I decided to make some cookies, but not just any old cookies.... 

I made Chocolate Uglies!
TuesdayTune, Shania Twain, Chocolate Cookies, Natasha in Oz, Recipe


I know the name of these cookies is a bit undesirable but my family will unequivocally agree with me that these cookies are Delicious!

Chocloate Ugly Cookies

Ingredients
115 grams or 8 tablespoons of butter,
200 grams or 8 oz of dark chocolate,
50 grams or 2 oz of chopped unsweetened chocolate and
1 cup of white chocolate chips
3 eggs,
3/4 cup of sugar,
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract,
11/2 cups of self-rising flour (or you can use plain flour and add 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder)
a pinch of salt.

TuesdayTune, Shania Twain, Chocolate Cookies, Natasha in Oz, Recipe, Plaistowe Chocolate


First set your oven to 350F or 180C and line 3 baking trays with baking paper. In the top part of a double boiler, over hot, not simmering, water, melt the butter with the chocolate. Remove from heat, and let stand until tepid, about 10 minutes.


TuesdayTune, Shania Twain, Chocolate Cookies, Natasha in Oz, Recipe

 You can also take the quick option and melt them very slowly on low heat in the microwave...that is how I did it!

TuesdayTune, Shania Twain, Chocolate Cookies, Natasha in Oz, Recipe, chocolate and butter

TuesdayTune, Shania Twain, Chocolate Cookies, Natasha in Oz, Recipe, cookie batter

Using a hand-held mixer set at high speed, beat the eggs and sugar for about 2 minutes, until light and foamy.

TuesdayTune, Shania Twain, Chocolate Cookies, Natasha in Oz, Recipe

Beat in the vanilla and chocolate mixture, just until blended. Stir in the flour, baking powder if you are using it and salt. Then stir in the white choc chips.

TuesdayTune, Shania Twain, Chocolate Cookies, Natasha in Oz, Recipe

Now, at this stage you might be looking at this runny batter and panicking-don't! It is meant to be a bit runny. Drop rounded tablespoons of the dough about 1 inch apart, on the prepared baking sheets for a fudgy and flat cookie, or refrigerate the dough for a couple hours for a puffier cookie that doesn't spread as much.

TuesdayTune, Shania Twain, Chocolate Cookies, Natasha in Oz, Recipe

I added some sprinkles to some...to make the uglies a bit prettier!

TuesdayTune, Shania Twain, Chocolate Cookies, Natasha in Oz, Recipe

Bake the cookies for about 10 to 12 minutes or until they’re slightly cracked. The cookie needs to remain soft and gooey inside.

TuesdayTune, Shania Twain, Chocolate Cookies, Natasha in Oz, Recipe

The whole family loved these cookies!

TuesdayTune, Shania Twain, Chocolate Cookies, Natasha in Oz, Recipe

I love this recipe and I know that my family will want me to make these again! I also loved singing along to some of my favourite songs as I cooked. One song I love to play when I need to lift my spirits is "Up" by Shania Twain.

When everything is goin' wrong
Don't worry, it won't last for long
Yeah, it's all gonna come around
Don't go let it get you down
You gotta keep on holding on

Please enjoy today's Tuesday Tune!

I would love it if you could link up one of your favourite songs with me today-you can link up with any post, old or new. Please feel free to even link up a song you have already linked up before or a repost like I have done today!







Thanks for joining in. Please come back again later so you can visit everyone who linked up!

I hope your day is fabulous and thanks again for visiting me in my little corner of the world Down Under! I love it when friends drop by!

Best wishes,
Natasha In Oz 
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52 comments:

  1. Hi Natasha, I absolutely love Shania Twain's music. She is very talented. As you know, she writes most of her own songs as well as sings them beautifully. My favorite video of hers is "Still The One" - it is very sensual. I love country music and I posted some old (1994) and older
    (1986) "vintage" Reba. She is such a talented performer and such a humanitarian, and she definitely has staying power. Your cookies look good. I also like to bake and am working on shamrock sugar cookies today. Thanks for sponsoring this fun meme.
    Blessings, Beth

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  2. That cookies !!!! o my o my ......happy sunday darling......love love Ria...xxx...

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  3. I'm glad to hear your father-in-law is doing better. That's great. ♥

    And thanks so much for the cookie recipe! :)

    I hope you all have a blessed week!

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  4. Shania has always been a favourite!!
    I think I played her 'Come on Over' CD until it died!!
    Great song for this week.

    Sorry to hear about your fil, I know how it is, Mum had a heart attack last year, but is much better now.

    And those cookies? YUMMO!!

    Thanks for linking again. x

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  5. My father-in-law died unexspected in 2002. He had a heart attack, so I understand you fear. It's a good thing to remind your health, and to enjoy every day of your life, with friends and family!

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  6. I didn't see the post about your father-in-law, I'll go back now and read it. I'm so sorry this happened, but glad he is doing okay. I'll say a prayer for him.

    I have all the ingredients for the cookies, they sound yummy!

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  7. You have had a hectic week. Your father-in-law day by day will get better and he will probably feel years younger. Enjoy your Sunday and thank you for the receipe. Mimi xx

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  8. Shania had some of the best videos ever & I really miss her.

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  9. Glad to hear your FIL is doing better Natasha! The cookies look yummy and we can see the kids love them:@)

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  10. great to hear your father in law is feeling better enjoy your rest dear Natasha

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  11. Those cookies are not ugly and look delicious!

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  12. Natasha, the cookies look delicious. I may have to pop down to the kitchen for a little snack. ;-)
    Good advice ~ take some time for yourself.
    Have a great week ahead and do just that! ~ sarah

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  13. Natsha:

    It sounds like you've had a quite a week. I hope next week is better. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  14. Hi Natasha,
    I hope your father in Law is doing better and will recover totally. Thank you for the yummy recipe, sounds delicious.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  15. Multi-tasking IS enough to drive a person mad! I'm glad to hear your father-in-law is doing better. Your ugly cookies look soooo good! Take a break!

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  16. Natasha,
    Oh how I can relate to your scare - not to mention, the added stress and worries that these moments bring... not to mention the emotional roller coaster. You and your family will be in our prayers - We pray that your Father-in-law will continue to gain strength everyday! My Mr. had his first heart attack nearly 8 years ago, at the age of 39, and since has had 4 more - with 3 of them just in the past 9 months ... He is killing me! :) Our prayers are with you and yours!

    Love the cookies! Just may have to make some for the kidos (not my Mr! :)No siree!) tomorrow... He'll get some carrots and celery! LOL!

    Well, I hope you have a better, stronger, healthier week! Wishing everyone a speedy recovery and know that there are many praying for all of you!

    Thanks for taking time to post! You are so dedicated! :) (And... love Shania!... and I'm not a country fan but I do love Shania!)

    BLESS YOU ALL!
    Blessings all the way from Utah! ;)

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  17. Those cookies look gorgeous, and I love the name! Isn't it funny how some things look yucky but taste divine?

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  18. Am craving chocolate now Natasha. Haven't heard this Shania song for a long time. Hope you have had a great weekend.

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  19. Natasha, I am glad your father-in-law has improved, and I hope he will continue to get much better. I do know how stressful it can be when loved ones are in danger. Take care of yourself, too.

    These cookies look divine. I am wishing I had one to go with my cup of coffee.

    This Shania tune was so fun to hear this morning. She is always fantastic!

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  20. Naughty but nice! I hope you have enjoyed a relaxing weekend after your stressful week.

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  21. I hope everything will be all right with your Father in Law, best wishes.
    And we have a kind of cookies that are called Uglies and Good.

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  22. yum yum yum and yum. Those cookies are to die for. Thanks for recipe...my kids will love. Hope things are more calm this week....☺

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  23. LOL - - - chocolate uglies. LOVE it.

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  24. The cookies look delish and do hope all is well there. Will have to check out Shania...didn't know she had a new tune out. Thanks for posting.

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  25. Those ugly cookies look beautiful to me! Your kids love them .. that's all that matters. Cute post ... thanks for visiting my site ... Best get well wishes to your Father-in-Law ...

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  26. Funny - ugly cookies ;-) They sound wonderful and aren't even ugly - especially when done baking. Great post - I'll have to try them - love gooey!

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  27. Hi Natasha, I am happy to know that your FIL is feeling much better. Yay! I really enjoyed your post showing us how to make those yummy cookies, and UP! is one of my favorite Shania Twain songs. I'm going to get it together and join in on Sunday Songs soon.

    So, does this mean you will be teaching full time?

    Have a wonderful week!

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  28. Hi Natasha,

    I'm so glad to hear that your father in law is recovering and I wish him well and speedy recovery, im sorry that you've been busy to try and do everything and be there for everyone *hugs*, you deserve the 5 mins of your own! the cookies can be decieving despite the name and look, but looking at your recipe, it sounds yummylicious!!!! thanks for sharing and following my blog :)

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  29. Natasha, we must have been cut from the same mold. Music and baking are great stress relievers and makes me happy. So glad your FIL is doing better. It's a real scare. My Dad was in the hospital for 4 days over Christmas break with chest pain. They ended up doing angioplasty. It's a scare and he seems so much more fragile now.
    Take care and have a wonderful day.

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  30. Hi Natasha...

    Ohh my...it does sound like you have had a very stressful week, sweet lady! I'm so sorry and do hope that are getting some rest and relaxation this weekend! I'm so happy to hear that your father is doing well...that is so scary! Sending lots of good thoughts and prayers his way today!

    Well dear lady, your chocolate "uglies" look and sound absolutely scrumptious! Of course, I love chocolate so I just know that they have to be GOOD! Hehe! I just made a fresh batch of "no bake chocolate/peanut butter" cookies yesterday. They are sooo quick and easy and my honey loves them! Anyway, so very happy to see you for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week, dear friend! Thank you for sharing your sweet cookie recipe with us!

    I do hope that this next week will be a better one for you and your family! Take care...

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  31. Those cookies look delish. Wishing your father a speedy recovery.

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  32. They look delicious! I need one now!
    Prayers for you fil!
    Happy Seasonal Sunday!

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  33. I love Shania Twain's music too..and I ADORE your photos of this yummy sounding recipe! :o) I linked up to your Sunday song as part of my "Art of a Romantic Bedroom'. Music is a must of course! I showed a photo of Dear Hubby's cello. :o) I always think of you when he plays it.

    xo
    Donna

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  34. It is stressful watching someone you love go through a close call like this.
    Several months ago my husband had to have a coronary stint - but he got his before an attack - he was lucky.
    I imagine that your father-in-lawhe will have to go through cardiac rehabilitation.
    It is normal for men to suffer from depression after a heart attack, some even still go through denial.
    I hope and pray that your father-in-law will fully recover.

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  35. My how yummy your cookies look! Nice mosaic and presentation of the recipe! Thank you! Cathy

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  36. Natasha,

    Love the cookies! It is very early in the morning and I haven't even had coffee and I want a cookie!

    Beautiful music. I hope you have a wonderful, stress free week and and all goes well for your loved ones.

    Carol

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  37. Hey Natasha! those look soooo divine! i am going to have my little sis make some for me! I mean if I made them I would eat them ALL so it would be better if they were at her house :) Thanks for putting the measurments in "my language" :) I appreciate that! :)

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  38. Hi,
    I just wanted to let you know that I just discovered your lovely and uplifting blog today. I am enjoying exploring the different posts and love the music selections! Music adds so much our lives! Shania's songs are always so uplifting and fun.

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  39. Great post and your cookies sound delicious. I am going to have to try your recipe, thanks for sharing. I love Shania too, she is a wonderful singer. Have a great week.

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  40. Yam! These cookies look just amazing!

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  41. Ooooh, yeah! I LOVE Shania Twain. I was so sad to hear that her husband left her for her best friend. Isn't that awful?

    I've had a busy bee week too. I need to find five minutes just for me!

    Sarahx

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  42. Those cookies look so delicious....

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  43. Wow! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my cupcakes! It gave me a chance to visit YOUR adorable blog! I think Ill link up since my fav song is the Sunny Day song at the end of the post! How fun! Food and music are the two best things in life. ;)

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  44. Natasha, I'm so sorry to hear about your FIL. I'm glad he's doing better but I will add him to my prayer list.

    These cookies look scrumptious.

    If you could help me figure out how to do a song link, I would link to your meme.

    I've tried it before, but I can never make it work right!

    Thanks for an interesting (and hunger provoking stop) on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "U".

    I enjoyed visiting you today.

    A+

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  45. Sending prayers and hugs from Alabama! I hope that your FIL continues to improve and that life mellows out for you for awhile, Natasha! Hugs, Katie

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  46. Hi Natasha!
    I hope your father-in-law is continuing to do well. Your cookies look so chocolatey good! I know I'd love them! :)
    My daughter-in-law is also a sub teacher-- I knowthe last minutes calls to fill in can be hectic.

    I'm glad you are enjoying my posts about Sydney. We really enjoyed our quick visit there and hope to return to Australia one day on our own to do more sightseeing! You live in such a beautiful country!

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  47. You are a woman to love Natasha...these chocolate uglies look yummy. I have a serious chocolate sweet tooth!!

    Your package is ready to go...just need your address.
    In the mean time, I am sending you a little Blog Love
    my friend...
    http://collageoflife-henrqs.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-love-pass-it-on.html

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend Natasha!!

    Jeanne xxx

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  48. The cookies look so GOOD! I MUST make some!

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  49. How nice of you to post chocolate cookies! If I can't eat them, it was fun looking at the process and results. Praying your FIL is better and that you all are able to de-stress. Funny how just 5 minutes of fun/relaxation does make a difference! blessings, k

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  50. I'm thankful that your father-in-law is recovering from his heart attack. Almost 12 years ago my father-in-law had a massive heart attack and we were told repeatedly by the expert doctors he most certainly would not survive. We almost lost him over the next few weeks but he hung in there and is doing well today!

    Shania Twain is a favorite of my girls. When we go on road trips they bring our Shania greatest hits CD and like to blast it and sing along. :)

    Have a blessed day!

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  51. Wow the cookies look fabulous.
    I loved the step by step pictures.

    Sorry, About your FIL scare. I pray for things to get better.

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