I was 9 years old when I moved from Nigeria to the United States. My parents hope was to offer us a better life here in the US.
Once I arrived here though, I didn’t quite realize the move was permanent. It wasn’t until I started school that it dawned on me that there was no going back.
I won’t lie, at the time I hated living here because in addition to experiencing a huge culture shock, I had no friends and the kids in school were mean. I missed my life in Nigeria, my friends, school, and home.
I didn’t fully understand the value of living in the United States until I went to college. It was there that I formed my own identity, opinions and was able to make my own choices in life.
As a woman, I realize how blessed I am to be living in a country where we each have a voice. I know I wouldn’t have the life I have had I been living anywhere else in the world. I am so eternally grateful my parents made the move because I’m sure their struggle wasn’t easy either.
I wish you all a Happy Fourth! May you recognize the true value and beauty of living in the United States.
To celebrate with family this year I made Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies. These babies were a huge hit and dangerously good! Enjoy!
- All Purpose Flour - 1½ cups + 1 tbsp
- Unsweetened Cacao/Cocoa Powder - ¼ cup
- Baking Soda - 1 tsp
- Salt - ¼ tsp
- Unsalted Butter - ½ cup (room temperature)
- Dark Brown Sugar - ½ cup
- White Granulated Sugar - ¼ cup
- Organic Egg - 1
- Almond Milk - 1 tbsp
- Pure Vanilla Extract - 2 tsp
- Red Food Color - 1 tbsp + 1 tsp
- White Chocolate Chips - 1 cup
- In a medium size bowl combine all the dry ingredients... flour, cacao powder, baking soda and salt. Stir. Set aside.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy and fluffy for about 1 minute. Add the brown and white sugars and cream until well combined for about 1 minute.
- Add the egg, almond milk and vanilla.
Beat until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Now add the red food color. You can add more or less based on how red you want the cookies.
Beat for a few seconds until well combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
Mix until combined, but do NOT over mix.
- Add the white chocolate chips.
Beat until incorporated for about 20 seconds.
- Here is your dough which will be very sticky.
Cover with plastic wrap and into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.I refrigerated my dough for 1½ hours.
- This is how your dough should look after an hour or more.
- Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
- Grease two baking trays and line with parchment paperTake about 1½ tablespoons of dough. Roll into a ball and place on baking tray.
- Into the oven for 10-11 minutes.
- Out of the oven.. serve immediately!
** You can use milk/semi-sweet/dark chocolate chips instead of white.
*** These cookies taste amazing even on the 3rd day. They can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days in a cool area.
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If you live in the USA – what are you most thankful for? Did you move to the United States? How long did it take you to adjust to this country?