The Quickest Chocolate Blackout Cookies

As if I ever need an excuse to eat cookies – but Friday night cookies seem so much more special.


I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve gotten to a point in life when Friday night means a couple things;

  • Comfy clothes
  • Tv/Netflix Marathon
  • Slightly more indulgent food than my Monday – Thursday routine
  • Dessert. And when dessert is cookies … I can justify having 1 ( million-zillion-trillion … especially if they smell like brownies)

I don’t miss the days of late nights, slipping into the shortest dress/ skirt I own with the highest heels – predrinking and then partying until my feet want to fall off. Been there – done that.


Give me Mr. LTSL, a good movie and some good food …. Damn, Daniele I’m a happy little lady! I know you’re thinking I’m old – I’d like to think I’m ‘maturing’ … I say that, as I remember last Saturday I spent the morning covered in a winnie the pooh blanket, drinking chocolate milk, watching Inside Out ( also, wicked good movie!!).

These cookies though!! So easy to throw together, they taste extra fudgy, and sprinkles. Oh how I love me some sprinkles – and frosting … and dunking these in milk.


The Quickest Chocolate Blackout Cookies


1 box devils food cake mix

½ tsp instant coffee

1/3 cup oil

2 eggs

1 can prepared chocolate Frosting

Chocolate sprinkles


Preheat oven to 375. Prepare two large cookie trays.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together cake mix, coffee, oil, and eggs until combined.

Roll into 1 inch balls, and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets (the cookies will spread).

Bake 8 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Allow to cool completely, then frost and sprinkle


Wisdomist Wednesday : Kindness

The nicest thing happened to me today.


This morning, much like every morning I headed into my favourite Starbucks to pick up my morning cup. It’s a bit embarrassing how often I go, so much so, that the barista’s know my order as soon as I walk in and they gleefully ask each morning “ The Sharana Special, today?” – I change it up sometimes, but hardly ever. Most often, I say yes please with a big smile. I never use to be a Starbucks drinker, and there are only certain drinks that I actually like. But these last couple of weeks, I’ve needed a Starbucks blend fix.

And so, I headed in.

To my surprise, there was a huge line up. I probably shouldn’t have been shocked – it was definitely the morning rush – but I normally get in when there aren’t many in line. Behind me stood a gentleman than began talking to a lady in front of me ( I assume, they were co-workers) – so that it would not be awkward, I offered him to go in front of me. To be honest, with the swarm of people – one more person in front of my wasn’t going to make a difference – also, he was talking to a friend. I want to help foster morning chit-chat, before the day’s hustle begins.


I patiently waited my turn – admiring all of the holiday knick-knacks ( PS I CAN’T WAIT TO START DECORATING MY HOME … but I won’t until the end of the month … or at least not until Santa comes to town!!). We got up to the counter and the gentleman in front of me gave his order – a Grande Vanilla blah blah blah blah blah Latte … and whatever she’s having ( pointing to me).

I was shocked.

This kind gentleman was paying it forward. He offered to pay for my morning cup. SO FREAKING NICE OF HIM!! I probably said thank you only a million times. But I was truly taken back.

I think far too often we see and are surrounded by the negatively in the world. Far too often we forget that there are actually kind people out there, people with good hearts and how far even the smallest of gestures can change someone’s day and attitude.

Whether it’s a cup of coffee, holding the door open – just saying hello. You don’t have to go out of your way at all – it doesn’t have to be expensive, nor extravagant – it really is just a small gesture to sprinkle kindness into the world.


This morning was a good reminder, that – it’s nice to be nice.  Get out there and get your kindness on folks!!