Monday, October 22, 2007

Grrrrrr

It started innocently enough. Family Home Evening. Sang Halloween songs. Watched some conference talks. Treat? Derrick wanted chocolate chip cookies. We didn't have any creamy peanut butter, so we couldn't make his favorite, the kind Whitney makes and I can mildy recreate. So we opt for Nestle Tollhouse. Classic, right? Well, maybe for everyone else, but for some reason I CANNOT MAKE A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE TO SAVE MY LIFE. They are nice and golden brown, and mushy ooey gooey in the middle. Sick. I gave up. Threw in the towel. Now Derrick, bless his heart, is in the kitchen trying to save them.

Please. I'm begging you. If you have a tried and true classic chocolate chip cookie, give it to me. This area of my life is really taking a hit to my self-esteem. One day my children will request chocolate chip cookies, and we won't always live next to Whitney, and then what will I do? I can't even begin to think.

I'm going to go cry now.

4 comments:

Rod and Kandace said...

Karen- I am the same way. I can't make COOKIES to save my life. I had to teach an enrichment class one time about serving people and I brought up that my way of service is NOT to bake for them. I told them I had never had a batch of cookies turn out. There were several good hearted people who tried to give me tips. A couple tips given me were to put the dough in the fridge for a while. (Cool cookies cook better I guess). Another was to add a little more flour than recipe directs. (This always just made mine a puffy cake-like texture.) I've had to go back to the premade tubes. One of my kids got a cookie from his primary teacher and after taking a bite, he told her they were good, but not as good as his mom's cookies. FUNNY KID!

Bodilly said...

Remember when Adam said, "What, are these barbecued cookies?" What a classic moment.

josiejean said...

2 sticks unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Need:
Ice cream scooper (#20 disher)
Parchment paper
Baking sheets
Mixer

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom medium saucepan over low heat. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.
Pour the melted butter in the mixer's work bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar. Cream the butter and sugars on medium speed. Add the egg, yolk, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Chill the dough, then scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown, checking the cookies after 5 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet for even browning. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

**Use a good cookie sheet, lower-middle of the oven, use a silpat if you have one or parchment - cool on wire rack

Lara said...

I've got THE BEST (at least for my family) cookie recipe. I've used it for 12 years, and I always have people asking me for it. I'll post it on my blog for you!

Then you'll have a few recipes to try, from the look of things!

Lara :-)