Sunday, September 20, 2009

Toffee Cheesecake Drops

OK...I have tried...I can't get past it. I am on the Bon Jovi tangent again. After this summer I will never be the same again.

In June, I got to live one of my lifelong dreams. It was to go with Wanda to see Bon Jovi in concert...something we have wanted to do since we were teenagers. It has been a lifetime of music, and happy memories and road trips and air guitar and so much more!

So, we nabbed Laura to come along with us. I am pretty sure she wasn't as excited as we were, although she IS a fan. To make the day even more perfect it was Wanda's birthday. The concert gods were shining on us!

It started out with about 140 kmph drive, courtesy of Laura to Moncton! It was insane..with my JBJ cd collection in tow, we cruised and sang and made signs for the window of the vehicle! The weather was warm and perfect!

OK...let me tell you...there are no words to describe the noises and actions that came over my body when I saw that cavalcade of impressive black vehicles pull up in the back of the stage. I. LOST. IT. Worse than any 12 year old at a Jonas brothers concert. I was screaming, bawling and jumping like a crazed lunatic. It was the bet day EVER!!! And I hadn't even SEEN Jon yet! I think I body-checked the guy in front of me....I sure hope he was ok after they took him away on the stretcher.

When Jon walked out on stage with that beautiful caramelly toffee hair and those shiny white teeth, every song and memory came over me. It was like my whole life flashed before my eyes and it was wonderful! **sigh*** The concert was everything I hoped it would be. I, with my laryngitis and all, screamed the words to every song and never sat down the entire night. Ohhhh, the adrenaline coursing through my body that night!

The best part of the night was when they played Dead or Alive. I took one look at Wanda and we were hugging, singing and looking in disbelief at the band that sang out the one song that carries us through to this day. Richie ripped it up with that guitar riff like nobody's business!

There was some disappointment, tho with being too friggin' far from the stage. Andddd...I didn't get to touch his arm, make eye contact, catch a guitar pick or hurl my bra onto the stage. BUT, alas! This will not be our last trip to BonJoviworldland. Oh no...this is just the beginning. **Insert evil mwwaaaahhhahahahaa***

"WE ARE COWBOYS (ok, cowgirls), and on our steel horses (aka: my next rental car when I visit) we will ride"...right into the VIP section of his next concert! WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! **Throwing my cowboy hat into the air!**


Toffee Cheesecake Drops
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40 min | 15 min prep

SERVES 24

* 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
* 8 tablespoons cream cheese, at room temperature
* 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup chopped chocolate-covered english toffee bar (I used Skor Bits and bars)

1. Place rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Set aside an ungreased baking sheet.
3. Place flour,baking soda and salt in a small bowl and whisk to blend well.
4. Place brown sugar, cream cheese and butter in a medium sized mixing bowl and beat with a hand-held electric mixer on medium speed until dough is lighter in texture, about 20 seconds.
5. Add egg and vanilla, mix briefly to blend.
6. Scrape down sides of bowl and add flour mixture.
7. Beat on low speed just until dry ingredients are blended inches.
8. Stir in chocolate-covered toffee with a wooden spoon.
9. Drop cookie batter by rounded tablespoons into twenty-four mounds onto baking sheet, spacing them 1-1/2 to 2 inches apart.
10. Bake until cookies appear dry and are golden, up to 20-25 minutes.
11. While cookies are baking, lay waxed paper on wire rack.
12. Remove baking sheet from oven and immediately transfer cookies to waxed paper.
13. Let cookies cool completely.



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