10/8/10 Newsletter: The Trick To Amazing Cookies

the trick to amazing cookies

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Make your “meh” chocolate chip cookie recipe marvelous by following a few easy tips. We suggest taking your eggs out way sooner than you probably are, tossing that old bag of chocolate chips you found at the bodega and chilling out… for real.

Our Best Tips: First, all ingredients should be at room temperature (yep, even eggs) before you make your dough, and you should ditch those chocolate chips for fresh dark chocolate that you chop yourself to get that yummy, chocolate chunk effect. Our biggest trick? Chill your dough for at least 12 hours and then bake. When you let those flavors marinate, you end up with the best cookies ever.

The Bottom Line: While you won’t necessarily be able to eat the dough raw like you might want to (room temperature eggs + unbaked flour = not-so-fun side effects), the final product will be a masterpiece that even the snobbiest of cookie snobs will swoon over. [Swirled]

Life Hack Of The Day: Repair Manual Edition

Need a quick repair manual? On IFixIt.com, you can find a repair manual for pretty much anything.


Getting enough sleep at night could be your best line of defense against a nasty cold. Research shows that those who get six hours or fewer each night are four times more likely to catch a cold than people who reach seven hours each night. Plus, sleep is the only time during which your body can fully rest and rebuild at the cellular level. So go get some shut-eye tonight! [Swirled]

Did You Know? Here’s the skinny on how home pregnancy tests work. They detect whether a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is present in your urine, which is only present in a woman who has a fertilized egg attached to her uterine wall, so it’s not likely to be confused for something else. As long as you follow the directions on the box, your results will be 97 accurate before heading to the doctor for confirmation. [Swirled]

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Career + Finance

Coworking spaces seem to be everywhere these days, but some offer so much more than others. Galvanize, for example, is a unique coworking space because it’s dedicated to continued education. Along with renting out rooms and desks to companies, Galvanize’s eight locations offer tech courses that focus on subjects like web development and data science.  [Swirled]

TED Talk Of The Day: Adam Grant’s “The Surprising Habits Of Original Thinkers” is a great TED Talk to watch or listen to if you’re interested in starting your own company. It will encourage you to learn about how other creative thinkers find their best ideas and how to break through any bad ideas. [Swirled]

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Food + Drink

Homemade rice pilaf is the perfect side to your weeknight meal. Start by cooking some aromatics like garlic, celery, carrots and onion. Then, boil a long-grain rice like basmati or jasmine in a flavorful broth. Toss your aromatics with the rice and enjoy! [Swirled]

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Traveling as an introvert doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or awkward. Just make sure you don’t overschedule yourself so you can enjoy some downtime solo, and brush off any guilt trips from friends trying to persuade you into something you don’t want to do. Finally, pack earplugs! [Swirled]

Deal Of The Day: You can stay in a capsule Airbnb hanging off a cliff for $450 a night. Trust us — this one’s worth it. Located in Peru’s Sacred Valley of Cuzco, the Airbnb requires a quarter-mile hike or a zipline ride to the capsule, includes breakfast, gourmet dinner and wine, and showcases incredible views of the valley below. [Swirled]

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