Here I am, posting another cookie recipe. But this isn’t just any cookie recipe. It’s a cookie recipe that makes two as-big-as-your-face cookies. Do I need to mention these cookies have chocolate? No? That’s just too obvious…after all, this is a cookie recipe shared by me. I should probably specify the type of chocolate: Symphony candy bar pieces. They are unbelievably amazing in these cookies.
Giant Symphony Cookies are fit for a celebration. But not just any celebration.
As you might know, I’m a new food blogger. I started this blog in January. You and I are still getting to know each other. Something I haven’t shared with you yet (and I can’t believe it!) is that I am a Chi Omega. That’s right. I’m Greek. And I’m proud of it. The X and the Horseshoe are my letters.
It’s because of Chi Omega that I have an obsession with owls; I think the colors Cardinal and Straw are totally meant for each other; and I believe the white carnation is one of the most beautiful flowers. Ever.
|Bid Day 2003 (freshman year) with my pledge sisters Megan and Brianne.|
Oh yeah. And it’s because of Chi Omega that I have made the very best friends I could ask for. Women of all ages and from all walks of life. Talented, driven women. Compassionate, selfless women. Leaders, volunteers…I could really go on and on. Really. My sisters are incredible.
|Bid Day 2004 with Amberly and Stephanie. We lived on the same dorm floor freshman year.|
Today, April 5, Chi Omega celebrates 118 years. 118 years! Since 1895, Chi Omega has been changing the lives of collegiate women for the better, providing them with leadership, service and learning opportunities, friendships that last a lifetime, and sweet memories.
|My younger sister Courtney, who initiated in January 2006, at a country-themed date party.|
|My Executive Board in Fall 2005. I got the privilege to serve the chapter with these inspiring women.|
One of my favorite memories was the first time I ever heard Chi Omega’s The Symphony. I was a soon-to-be college freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I remember sitting in the living room of the Chi Omega chapter house during a formal Recruitment event. A handful of Chi Omega sisters shared, in such touching ways, why they decided to choose Chi Omega. Then, before I knew it, the lines of a poem, I determined, were being shared, with a different sister reciting each line. It was so beautiful. And I was so captivated. And I had goose bumps. At that moment, I knew that I wanted to be a part of a sisterhood that believed the words they were saying. I could feel their love for Chi Omega. I could feel their pride in Chi Omega. Chi Omega was calling me, and I was listening.
To live constantly above snobbery of word or deed;
to place scholarship before social obligations and character before appearances;
to be, in the best sense, democratic rather than ‘exclusive’,
to work earnestly, to speak kindly, to act sincerely, to choose thoughtfully that course which occasion and conscience demand;
to be womanly always; to be discouraged never;
in a word, to be loyal under any and all circumstances to my Fraternity and her highest teachings and to have her welfare ever at heart that she may be a symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant note.
I think it’s perfect to celebrate the 118th anniversary of Chi Omega’s Founder’s Day with a sweet treat that incorporates the Symphony candy bar. It’s only appropriate. And what’s better than a make-one-to-eat-and-a-make-one-to-share recipe? These Giant Symphony Cookies are buttery and chocolate-y. The edges are slightly crispy, but they mostly have a melt-in-your-mouth texture. So that makes them the all sorts of irresistible.
After the dough is shaped into two very round and tall balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, a few more Symphony pieces are strategically placed on top each. It’s like putting the bow on a present. Or the cherry on a sundae.
The best part about this recipe is that it makes two cookies. One of these cookies is meant to be shared. Enjoy it in the company of a good friend (over a cup of coffee, of course) or wrap it up and gift it to a sister. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a friendship!
Happy Founder’s Day, Chi Omega! 118 years strong. I’m so proud of and thankful for our sisterhood.
|The ladies of my pledge class on our last Bid Day in 2006.|
I am a Chi Omega.
If you are interested in learning more about Chi Omega, I encourage you to visit the Fraternity’s website.