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saturday afternoon cookie experiment

by on December 12, 2009

delicious cookie experiment. this went from “epic fail” to “epic win”. let me walk you through this one.

it all began with my thinking “mmmm maybe i will make cookies for dessert tomorrow night…something involving sugar and chocolate” – this did not narrow it down at all. i went to my trusty joy of cooking and found the basic sugar cookie recipe, then decided that i would just drizzle those cookies in chocolate. and then, i stupidly thought that i could make little nests for the chocolate – round balls of cookie dough, with a depression full of chocolate. right. we’ll get to why that did not work later. first, my ingredients

sugar, flour, salt, egg, baking powder, vanilla, butter, and i added in some almond extract too. pre-heat oven to 350

start with two sticks of softened butter and 2/3 cup sugar – this actually is where things went wrong for me. i could not find the electric mixer in the house i’m staying in, so i just mixed it all together by hand, which means there were a few lumps of butter that did not end up properly blended in. you will see the impact this error had in a little bit

ewwwwww. add in 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 egg, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, and i put in the tiniest bit of almond extract. stir. this looks disgusting.

luckily, once you add in 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, things look prettier. i do not know what little voice in my head told me to make two dough balls to put in the fridge, but i am glad i listened. i stuck these in the fridge for 20ish minutes. i took one of them out (seriously, i don’t know why i did not grab both. i must have great intuition when it comes to pending disaster), and did this:

mistake number two was blatantly ignoring the recipe’s explicit instruction to “roll the dough out and then stick it in the fridge, no really, you idiot, do this”. i went for “roll dough up, put on cookie sheet, flatten a bit, and create a tiny depression in it”. right. not good. observe what happened after about 5 seconds in the oven. (they go in for around 10 minutes total)

i think i scared the dog with my reaction upon seeing this. my cookies kind of…what would you call this? are they dying here? i think they might be. but, they came out (after i decided that chucking them was a waste of energy) like this:

ugly, but not bad. lesson learned: this dough is much happier when rolled out first. soooooo i did the following:

so much prettier. let’s do a quick comparison of these babies and the previous ugly duckling cookies

new and improved on your left, old and lumpy on your right.

then, i melted chocolate chips (1 cup, or so) and butter (half a stick, ish) on the stovetop, sprinkled in a tiny bit of cinnamon, and went to town:

spoonful of chocolate yumminess, using the spoon to spread it like icing on the cookies. holy cow. SO GOOD.

et volia! dessert for tomorrow night! i sent one home with my mom for my dad to taste-test (she approved of the one she ate). i rather like the addition of almond extract, and the chocolate works well on these cookies.

happy weekend,

the baking goddess


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