January 13, 2010

Cookies for dinner!!

O.K I never said this was a healthy blog, or that I'm the healthiest eater.  I try to eat in a healthful manner - most of the time.  Chris is away often, so I go from making meals for us to eating whatever is quick and is in the fridge when he's away.  Over the weekend I ended up eating my dinner in reverse - dessert first entree second.  My mom will tell you I've done this ever since I was a kid, and it drove her crazy!  So my dinner one of the nights ended up being left over pepperidge farm miniature gingerbread men, and my dessert was scrambled eggs and wheat toast.  I know I'm a weird eater.  But as I was eating the cookies I realized I had the makings for cookies in my closet and that I never ended up making holiday cookies. SO - I got on it. 

After years and years, I'm still on the quest for perfect chocolate chip cookies.  In college, whenever I needed to relieve stress from studies I ended up baking.  It was nice to have homemade goodies in our dorm.  I LOVE the cookies at City Bakery in NYC, but they are a little rich for me.  I am looking for something a little better than the recipe on the Tollhouse package.  So after searching, I found a modified version of an Alton Brown recipe. I love his show, but often when I try his techniques I find they are not all they're cracked up to be.

What I'm searching for is a cookie that is crunchie around the edges and a bit doughy in the middle.  Mine are a little crunchy on the outside and bit hard in the middle (great if you're a dipper).  The taste is good & they look good but the texture is NOT what I'm going for.  SO if ANYONE has a great chocolate chip cookie recipe I'm game.  I'd also like to try one that has a bit of an espresso flavor or mocha...

1 comment:

  1. Hi:
    I have a recipe that stays soft for a few days if you store it airtight. This recipe makes about 5 dozen, so you may want to half it.

    2 cups shortening
    2 cups white sugar
    1 cup brown sugar
    cream these
    4 eggs
    2 tsp vanilla
    mix well
    4 cups flour (a little more if you prefer)
    2 tsp salt
    2 tsp soda
    Mix again until completely blended. Stir in 1-2 cups chocolate chips, according to your preference. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. The shorter time will, of course, leave them softer and squishier. Oh. My. Yum. !