October 25, 2009
I love baking cookies. Chocolate chip cookies at that. It’s my instant gratification. I find it so comforting, using the same, simple ingredients and easy method. I can say with confidence that I have made hundreds and hundreds of cookies, if not thousands.
And let me tell you that I do make a mean cookie. I can tailor them to your liking. I am good at suiting particular tastes. For my dad, I need to make them chocolaty and crispy/ crunchy. While my mom needs nutty, chewy, gooey cookies. Therefore, I always have to make several recipes and have the cookies going at different times in the oven. You will never catch me making cookies in which I do not make at least two different types. I call these my cookie marathons.
You get so used to the process. You also have to make sure your doing all the steps right to get a perfect cookie:
1) cream the butter and sugar. Until light and fluffy!! This will take at least 2 minutes with your stand mixer, even longer. Don’t be afraid to over beat, you want it to be bright white. Although I promise that a perfect CCC recipe will use mostly, if not all, brown sugar (you get that yummy depth of carmely flavor!).
2)mix in your extract and egg(s). Only notes are pretty much make sure you don’t have a bad egg….yuck! and use REAL vanilla extract. None of the fake sh*t.
3) mix in your dry ingredients. These have all been prepared and sifted in a separate bowl prior to everything else. Add gradually and mix until just combined. Then I always crank it up to max speed for less then two seconds just to get everything off the bottom and sides.
4) Stir in your mix ins. Chocolate- I used semi/bittersweet chocolate. Usually 60% coco, and I like to buy the disks or a large bar so I can chop it up! You can really taste the difference when you invest in a good quality chocolate! (I was able to bring these disks back from Jacques Torres boutique in New York City!) I like this better than chips because then you get nice fat swirls/ globs/ and irregular chunks of chocolate throughout the cookie. YUM. Oh and walnuts are almost just as important. It is incredible what added nuts can do to any cookie!!
5) now treat yourself to some delicious cookies dough 🙂 wrap it tightly in wrap and put in the fridge to chill overnight! I usually will bake up one half-sheet pan worth of cookies right away and store the rest in the fridge… just because I am impatient. Plus, you also get to witness the incredible difference chilling your dough makes!
I do have a favorite(s) CCC cookie. These are not them. (I promise a post will go up of my favorites). Every time I bake cookies I try out a different recipe. I bookmark so many that I want to try, I can’t afford to make my favorites all the time. These were four new recipes.
I’ve never consciously baked vegan before. These cookies looked amazing, so I tried them out. I didn’t have and molasses so I added a splash of dark rum….. kind of weird, hahha ….my odd little interpretation. They turned out tasting like chewy graham crackers!! Perhaps I baked them a little too long? I don’t know but they were good, just not what I was expecting to make.
I love granola. We had a bag of homemade granola my aunt sent to my family from the east coast. No one had really touched it, so I figured I would bake with it because I had seen this recipe. They turned out to be my dad’s favorite of the bunch. Good, chewy texture, but almost a little dry. The granola I used was basically toasted cinnamony oats, not the tradition store bought kind.
These were just plain old CCC. Yum, although not my favorite. They turned out a little to cakey for me. I like em chewy and gooey like my mom. I’ll try these again and perhaps underbake them a bit.
Mint CCC (scroll down the link for recipe)
I have made mint CCC using mint chips, but never with peppermint extract. I had a bit left from making mint chip ice cream last holiday season, so I used the last few drops, filled the bottle up with water and used another teaspoon of the minty water. The recipe calls for two teaspoons, but that was plenty mint! These were the best of them all! Chocolaty delicious and minty!! yummm. Make these!! Damn good.