The last full week of May was unbelievably busy. In addition to shit hitting the fan at work, there was tons of stuff going on outside of my work. Both D1 and D2 had end of school year activities that required them to bring something to eat/share. I had a luncheon at work, and the kids also hosted a get-together with friends to celebrate the end of Spring Ballet season. All that might sound like a lot of cooking, but I took the easy way out. I made Brownies From Heaven.
Brownies From Heaven is a from-scratch brownie recipe which was featured in the Honolulu Star Advertiser a little over a year ago. Since then, I have made it countless times. Although it lacks the shiny top that box brownies has, its made with natural ingredients. But the kicker for me is that its made with just a few dishes, making cleanup a snap. It also has just a few ingredients so by the time my last event rolled around, I had the recipe memorized.
Right now, I'm pretty sick of looking at or even thinking about brownies, so I'm saving that for another post. What I'd like to talk about this time is chocolate chip cookies.
I never really considered myself a chocolate chip cookie fan. Don't get me wrong . . . I ate the stuff, I baked the stuff, I bought the stuff, but it was never at the top of my "crave" list. But it appears that I'm surrounded by people who think differently from me. Everyone in my family loves chocolate chip cookies. When I've taken chocolate chip cookies to workshops, I've heard people have actually fought over the leftovers. A coworker once took some home to her husband, and he single handedly polished off over 3 dozen cookies in less than 2 days. I also stood at the refreshment table once and watched, with great fascination, as a coworker ate 5 cookies in rapid succession and admitted she couldn't get enough.
My coworker with the cookie monster husband tells me she has a Kitchenaid mixer still in the box. Over a year after she told me initially, she re-stated that the mixer was still in the box. What a shame . . . in the Kitchenaid mixer box is a treasure trove of recipes . . . the owner's manual. That is where I the chocolate chip cookie recipe which has become regarded as the holy grail of cookies. . .I just tweaked it a little to suit my taste.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar, packed
1 c butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 c flour
12 oz. chocolate chips
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside. Place sugars, butter, eggs, and vanilla in mixer bowl. Mix well. Gradually add flour mixture and mix until combined. Add chocolate chips and stir until combined. Using a #50 scoop (about a tablespoon), drop onto greased Airbake cookie sheets
Remove from cookie sheets and cool on wire rack.