So I’ve been getting some complaints of late that there is just too much good stuff on the blog, specifically in the “baked goods” category. Well, I guess it can’t be helped because I do so love them. As the summer approaches with agonizing lethargy, however, I am inclined to eat things that are better for me, like salads, or as my good friend Eric says, “Eating what food eats.”I’ll start posting healthier recipes…next week
. So, much like the folk down in New Orleans celebrate before lent, we shall sin a bit before the healthy summer with this recipe.
1 cup (2 sticks) (225 gr) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Grated peel of 1 orange
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) (100 gr) chocolate chips or chunksPreheat the over to 190 C (375 F)
With cookies there are only a couple of cardinal rules. The first of which is that unless you have an expensive mixer, you must always do what is known as “creaming the butter.” If this sounds naughty to you, then you have a dirty mind. Incidentally this is the RIGHT blog for you and, well, creaming the butter is naughty.
In a bowl toss in your softened butter and sugar, both brown and regular. (A tip for those who like chewier cookies: use brown sugar for ALL of the sugar. That’s right 1 and 1/2 cups of brown sugar) Mix those together until they have formed a creamy, frothy yellowy mixture. Add in the vanilla extract. Then add the eggs, one at a time.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, soda, and salt. Now go grate the orange peel. Be careful when you grate the orange that you don’t grate too deeply. Where the peel starts to become white it is more bitter.
Combine the wet mixture and the dry mixture. Once these are well mixed toss in the grated orange peel and what ever you’re using for chocolate. I have put in chunks, chips, even cut up candy bars into these cookies and they are good regardless.
Find your favorite sous chef (mine is wearing a dress from Mango) and, armed with teaspoons, begin to scoop out the dough onto a greased cookie sheet. I usually do about 12 per sheet. They do expand so be careful not to put too many on a sheet, unless, like my friend Amador you are attempting to create a mega-cookie!
Make sure to eat lots of the dough while you are doing this. You may feel a bit sick afterward but you will have the added benefit of feeling about 10 years old.
Put these sinful drops of amazing in the oven for 9-12 minutes. I usually only cook one tray at a time. When the edges start to turn brow they are done. (I secretly kind of under cook them on purpose because I adore chewiness in all its forms.)
Thus ends our sinful run. On to healthier meadows, at least, for a while.Enjoy.