Thursday, December 01, 2005

C is for Cookie

That's good enough for me.

I have tried. Lord knows I've tried. Sugar cookies. Molasses lacy cookies. Banana nut cookies. Almond crescent shaped cookies. Macaroons. Those cookies with Hershey Kisses in the middle. Shortbread. Gingersnaps. Is it me, can I not bake good cookies?

Or is there really no cookie better than the chocolate chip?

They are good. They are always good. Even if I mix up the ingredients 6 different ways they are good. And right out of the oven, they are heaven. The secret, I say, is the salt.

Yes. Eeeew. I add lots of salt to my chocolate chip cookies. I do not wish to brag, but I must. Men have loved me for these cookies. Also, three months later, houseguests have called for the recipe. But I will repeat. Men have loved me for these cookies.

Do you not want the recipe?

Here it is.

Chocolate Chip Cookies of Love (sometimes takes up to two weeks to blossom)

Preheat oven to 375.

Cream ½ cup softened (not melted) butter. Add ½ cup light brown and ½ cup white sugar and mix in thoroughly. Beat in one egg and ½ tsp vanilla.

Stir in 1 cup & (almost) 2 T flour, ½ tsp (plus a little (or big) extra pinch) salt), ½ tsp baking soda. Mix thoroughly.

Add one cup chocolate chips.

Drop in (almost) tablespoon sized clumps onto a greased cookie sheet (or silpats) and bake for 10 minutes (longer for the first round, less for the others, preferably near the top of the oven). Cool on racks. Eat before cool.

This is the old Joy of Cooking recipe. My modifications are in parentheses. Also, the original recipe called for ½ cup each of chips and walnuts. This is silly. If you want to add walnuts, go ahead and sprinkle them on top or something, but definitely use a full cup of chips! Finally, do not use a mixer. These must be made entirely by hand, with a wooden spoon. Why? I do not know. Do not question the magic.

Updated to add: Oops, I forgot to mention that this is my entry in the Holiday Cookie Exchange!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG 1/2 cup of chips? Not on my watch, I say! 1 cup minimum!

And yes, I think dates are evil giant raisins! And Joe *made* me eat them! (I will not sully the waters any further by saying I liked them)

At this rate, I will never make it to President of the Phoenix Chapter of the I Hate Raisins club... :(

11:20 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Seriously. What fool only puts 1/c of chips in? I tend to add the whole (big) bag.

OK--these are going on the menu for Bribe the Students with Cookies on Course Evaluation Day. Let's see some of that love...

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, my mouth is watering

2:25 PM  
Blogger Mona said...

NICE!! i can't believe the salt thing-that's great but they look big and chewy and chunk-ay so i think i'll give them a try...

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yum my favorite and be sure and have a look at my sister-in-laws website her sweets are out of this world...

5:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That is so funny...if men call you because of these, I better save this recipe! Thanks for participating in the Holiday Cookie Exchange! My only regret is not being able to actually taste all of these yummy and cute cookies. If you have any other recipes that make men bend to your will, please share them! We'll have the exchange going on for the next 2 weekends before Christmas.

11:23 PM  

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