I have breaking news: there is a pajama epidemic.
Some of you may know I’m headed to Austin next month for a blogging conference with some of my best bloggy friends. While there, a friend of mine is throwing a fun little pajama party in her hotel room, so obviously, I am required to wear pajamas. And what I normally wear — ratty, dye-stained shirts and too-small workout shorts–definitely doesn’t cut it unless I want to alienate people.
So I set out to some local chain stores (rhyming with Shmalmart, Shmarget, Rohls, and the like) to find some cute PJ’s to sport for when pictures are likely to be taken at the party. I entered the pajamas/undergarments section of each store prepared to find a couple cute little boxer-tank sets or maybe a fun patterned nightie.
Instead, I entered the Twilight Zone of WTF Pajamas.
Surrounding me were hideously-patterned drawstring pants, often splayed with cartoon characters, with matching cartoon character lace camis. To my left were the most heinous nighties imaginable, making a burlap sack look like a stripper’s negligee. And to make things even more terrifying, those long-sleeved satin PJ pant sets in atrocious patterns.
I mean, WTF.
Often times, I offer my unsolicited advice to parents and married people despite the fact that I am neither a wife nor a parent. I think that my unsolicited advice is smart because often times, I find parents get “kid brain” and stop thinking rationally, probably because they’ve stepped on too many Legos and it has indirectly affected their thinking, or they have become so used to their husband’s presence that they no longer care if he sees them plucking their upper lip hair.
But liiiiike, if I was your husband and you wore one of those abominable, frump-ass nighties to bed, I’d be like WTF. What are you doing in my bed, grandma? And what’s with the adult silk pajama set patterned with miniature elephants? How old are you? Have you no SHAME?
I’m pretty sure I’d be the best husband ever.
So anyways, my quest to find cute pajamas was put to a halt when I decided I didn’t want to wear a Sesame Street character to bed, and conversely, that I didn’t want to look like I was 95 & 1/2. A word to pajama fashion designers out there: WHEEEERE is the section for normal women? All I’m asking for is some reasonably-priced, cotton boxer shorts in a plain color and perhaps a tank top or soft jersey T-shirt, free of stupid logos or slogans or cartoon characters, because I don’t know, that seems creepy to have Elmo on my chest. Sue me.
Since my quest was abruptly ended, I guess I’ll just have to attend the pajama party in street clothes. Or in my ratty jammies and risk people judging me for not having cool-woman pee-jays. I just have to say, I can’t wait to live in a world where I get sleep in plain, color-coordinated separates that make me and my non-existent husband happy and not make me or my non-existent husband feel like they’re in bed with a mass of frump.
Anywhoooooooo, no matter how ya serve them, cannolis never seem to be frumpy. Unless they’re soggy, which is a crime against humanity if I’ve ever seen one. But assuming the world isn’t out to get you, cannolis are always a delicious treat: the satisfying crunch of their crispy outer shell down to the rich, creamy filling piped generously inside. However, I took the cannoli vessel and turned this tasty ship around by adding a cookie dough filling instead of the traditional ricotta.
Um, wow. Kinda makes regular cannolis look a little frump-ass, am I right??
- About 10 pre-made cannoli shells (I use and love Ferrara brand)
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
- About 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
- Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add in the vanilla and milk and beat to combine. Gradually add the flour a little at a time, until the dough has come together and is soft, yet still slightly stiff enough to stand up (not completely as stiff as regular cookie dough, but not goopy, either). Stir in ½ cup of the chocolate chips.
- Place the cookie dough into a gallon-sized Ziploc baggy; seal out the air. Snip a corner of the baggy off with scissors and pipe the filling into each of the cannoli shells. Sprinkle the ends of the shell with remaining chocolate chips. Dust with powdered sugar, if you'd like. These are best served immediately, as shells tend to get softer with time.
- *Note: You can usually find pre-made cannoli shells at grocery stores. Sometimes they're found in the frozen aisle, other times in the bakery, and sometimes on the baking aisle (where I find mine). If you can't seem to find them, you can try looking online, replace the cannoli shell with a cake cone (for a different taste), or try making your own cannoli dough--for which you'll need cannoli forms.
These are a seriously indulgent dessert not for the faint of heart! Stuffed with all that buttery, brown sugary cookie dough goodness, the textures in these cannois are outrageous! Crunchy, smooth, crispy, soft… it’s truly an amazing, one-of-a-kind dessert unlike any other classic cannoli! This twist is super fun and also a great no-bake recipe for the summertime! Serve them alongside big scoops of vanilla ice cream 🙂
Have a delicious day!