Friday, September 24, 2010

Sugared Cinema: Heathers (1989)

My parents wanted to move me into high school out of the sixth grade, but we decided to chuck the idea because I'd have trouble making friends, blah, blah, blah.  Now blah, blah, blah is all I ever do.  I use my grand IQ to decide what color lip gloss to wear in the morning and how to hit three keggers before curfew...

An overview, from left to right:

Heather Duke wants to be Heather Chandler.
Heather McNamara wants to be liked.
Heather Chandler wants the student body of Westerberg to kiss her Sam & Libbys.

Veronica wants out.

With the help of a rebellious new student J.D. (played by a very young, very squinty-eyed Christian Slater), Veronica tries to take down the malicious threesome.  Death, destruction and Corn Nuts ensue.

Heathers makes Mean Girls look like Sweet Valley High.

You were nothing before you met me.  You were playing Barbies with Betty Finn.  You were a bluebird.  You were a brownie.  You were a girl scout cookie.

A brownie cookie even?

 Chewy Brownie Cookies
Recipe by M-Stew

Makes 36 regular-sized cookies (according to Martha) or about 15 big-ass cookies, if you're heavy-handed like me.
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chips or chopped
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, heat the chocolate until smooth, stirring constantly.

 Take the bowl off the heat and let it cool while you prepare the dough.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. 

  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and both sugars.

Beat until light and floffy.

Add eggs and vanilla and beat again. 

 On low, alternately beat in the chocolate and flour mixture.

Mix just until combined.

Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto your parchment-lined cookie sheet.  Don't worry about making them a perfectly-shaped mound.  They'll bake up fine, trust me.  Just try to keep them 2-inches apart so that you don't end up with one giant Gary-Larson-amoeba-looking cookie.

Don't even say it.  I know.

Bake, uh, those ^ things for 14-16 minutes or until they pass the toothpick test.  

Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.

I love the cracked texture and the raised centers.  Want to see what the middle looks like?


Alright, so these cookies rule.  They're even better the next day, much like regular brownies.  

They could be jazzed up with some extras although I'm not sure how well, say, white chocolate chips or nuts would hold up since the dough is so soft.  Try it out.

Now creme de menthe?  That would be lovely.

Just don't confuse it with drain cleaner.

It's one thing to want someone out of your life, but it's another thing to serve them a wake-up cookie full of liquid drainer. 

Happy Friday, everyone.  You better motor if you wanna be ready for that party tonight.


  1. love this movie and your cookies are divine, I would like pecans in there..yummy


  2. LOL.

    OK not about Kim Walker.

    I went to jr and high school with Lisanne Falk (heather McNamara). Gorgeous, sweet girl. Have no idea what happened to after a decent modeling career and this movie. Love the brownie cookie recipe!

  3. WIN! Shoutouts to the Gary Larson comment! You make my blood sugar rise.

  4. Ali, Heather's rocks. Although I do also enjoy Mean Girls. Heck, there's room in my world for both of them.

    These cookies could be the death of me.

    PS - I kind of miss the excitement of Friday night parties. Good time.

  5. sweetlife - Mmm. Pecans > Walnuts

    Lora - she was in another one of my favorite movies, Less Than Zero. I always wonder what happens to actors/actresses who were once big. If Jonathan Knight can become a realtor after NKOTB, I suppose anything can happen.

    Margie - Hey baby, take a walk on the Far Side.

    Wendi - I enjoyed Mean Girls, too :) I even watched Sweet Valley (the series) back in the day. Great theme song.

    P.S. Someone needs to throw a blogger rager.

  6. I own this VHS! I haven't watched it in years. Maybe it's time to upgrade to DVD? Those brownie cookies would pair well with a game of croquet.

  7. Dude, love this! I really enjou your sugared cinema the most!

  8. to quote "the wire"..."shiiiiiiiiiiit"
    those look amazing.

    and i think i've decided that you need to start a baking truck company. you know, where you maked baked goods in the back of the truck then sell them on a road trip. or you can just send some goodies to me in atlanta. :)

  9. Christa - I would upgrade and watch it on your next LOL Day :) Maybe the dvd will have some featurettes like "A Date with Martha Dumptruck" or a special acapella of "Teenage Suicide (Don't Do It)" by Big Fun.

    Jennifurla - thanks lady, I appreciate that :D I've toyed with the idea of doing away with Sugared Cinema because I thought I should be focusing more on the baking aspect. Then I thought, "Eff it, I love movies too much."

    Katie - I'm saving my pennies so that we can take this operation to the skies. That way you and I can swap goodies via Gadgetcopter.

  10. One of my favorite movies ever. JD is my hero.

    Our love is God... let's go get a slushie.

  11. Those cookies look so good!

  12. Liam - Greetings and salutations.

    Alwayzbaking - thanks :)

  13. Cookies = want. Also, I feel I now have to watch this movie.

  14. These cookies look amazing! I bet they would be even better with white chocolate chips.

  15. Wow amazing looking cookies. All the goodness of two fabulous desserts in one!

    I also feel like I need to rewatch this movie. Sounds like a good weekend to me! Thanks!

  16. Thanks gals :D And definitely add Heathers to your Netflix queue to watch (or rewatch.)

  17. I wish I had a grand iq enough to decide on things as important as lip gloss.