Saturday, July 23, 2011

Back to business

I've been having computer trouble. Although I could still check and send emails, I couldn't do much else. This poor laptop has been moving as slow as molasses and couldn't open pictures. However an hour at the fabulous Genius Bar at the Apple Store and, I hope, my little MacBook is back in business.

Everyone has been talking about the heat; too hot to cook, too hot to garden, too hot to quilt. Record breaking heat in the Northeast. Never ever seen temperatures this high. 106 degrees yesterday!! Thank heavens for air conditioning and thank heavens for all of our utility workers who kept our electricity going so we could have air conditioning. Now what's the last thing one would want to do during a heat wave? Turn on the oven, right? But I had a craving for chocolate chip cookies (a daily problem). And Chips Ahoy just wouldn't do. So, I turned on the oven and baked a batch. The kitchen/family room went from a comfortable 74° to a very uncomfortable (for this raging hormoned, perimenopausal woman) 78°. But it was so worth it.

I am absolutely addicted to chocolate chip cookies - most definitely my favorite food! And although I make a pretty good chocolate chip cookie I am still searching for the perfect cookie. I want it to be crispy on the outside but chewy on the inside. And I don't want it to be FLAT!! Today I tried Best Chocolate Chip Cookies from I followed the recipe exactly and straight out of the oven the cookies are delicious but what chocolate chip cookie isn't delicious warm?

Once cooled they taste VERY good but they are chewy without the crisp (but is that because of the humidity, although with the air conditioning the inside humidity is 50%). And they are flat! On a scale of 1-10, I would give them a 6. Trust me, I will still enjoy eating them. This recipe, though, is not "The One". I may try them again in the winter.

I will continue on my quest for the perfect cookie. Next up, Urban Legend Chocolate Chip Cookies. Any suggestions of your perfect cookie?

Edit: Chris and Pat (ds's 3 & 4) say these are the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever made. Today, the second day, they are crumbly chewy. Definitely not my choice but I'm glad they are happy.


Mary said...

Have you tried the Cowboy Cookie Recipe? They are very good! Any Chocolate is good when we are quilting...LOL

Karen said...

Flat, crunchy cookies have too much liquid to dry ratio. You could try adding more flour and/or baking soda, or reducing to one egg instead of two.
Here's my recipe:
1 c. butter (no substitutions!)
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 1/2 c. flour
chocolate chips
I often bake this is a deep stoneware pan for 25 minutes at 375 to make yummy bar cookies.

The Hobbit said... Have you tried this one? I think I try every chocolate chip recipe i come across Very few were not edible N.Y. times kitchen claims that placing your batter in the fridge will keep them from getting flat and a small amount of sea salt on the top makes for a special treat. I tried these nom nom....