I am currently baking. I'm preparing my humble donation to a baby blessing tomorrow. So, what to do between the 9 minute intervals of batches? Why, blog of course! Why not. I actually have some real thoughts on making chocolate chip cookies. I am also wondering how boring my blog really is. Who posts about chocolate chip cookies? I advise anyone who is actually reading this to stop. Seriously, I'm sure you can find something more interesting that what is in my head about cookies. But if you're still reading, it's your wasted 2-4 minutes (depending on how fast you read and level of comprehension). Read on.
I never realized how therapeutic making cookies is for me! I can feel tiny endorphins and pleasure sensors and whatever else happens in your brain that tells you like what you are doing. I love gathering all the ingredients. It's simple, I know, but I love how 4 eggs by themselves are just eggs, but mix a little sugar and butter with them, and you've got the best part of the cookie! I love watching it all come together in my bowl. When I first mix the gooey mix with the flour, I always think, "Oh boy, this is never going to work, way too much flour!" Then, little by little, stir by stir, wammo mamo, cookie dough. I love making the uniform rows of cookie balls on the baking sheet. I always turn the oven light on. I like to check up them, sometimes see their slow formation from ball to cookie. But, my absolute favorite is getting out the cooling racks. As I'm typing this, I'm realizing this might be coming off a little odd. Oh well, still typing. Anyway, I love getting out the cooling racks and carefully placing the hot cookie on the rack. It's final step before it is savored.
So now you have my thoughts on making cookies. Wasn't that exciting? But really though, I have to post the recipe along with my random, silly thoughts on making them. This recipe is extremely popular in the DeGering family and is made often!
A few notes on the recipe - you have to follow the directions exactly to make sure they are superb. Don't use margarine when it says butter and don't think those Albertson's brand chocolate chip cookies can substitute for using real Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips. Oh, and this recipe make a ton of cookies. Be prepared.
In my family we call them "Fat Stan's Cookies." Uh, you'll have to ask me in person if you want to know why we call them that. Without further ado...
Fat Stan's Cookies
2 C brown sugar
2C granulated sugar
1 lb of butter (yes, one pound)
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
6 1/2 cups of flour (yes, six and a half)
2 packs Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Chips
Bake @ 375 for 9-10 minutes. Do not over bake! They might not look like they are done, but they are.
Chris informed me tonight that these cookies have officially replaced a treat recipe of his mom's! (First of all, don't tell his mom. And second, is it bad that I think this is some kind of tiny victory in a marriage? What's wrong with me?)
And I just realized I missed the extra 1/2 cup of flour. I only used 6 cups. They are a little cracky. Oh well, still edible.