Saturday, November 1, 2008

At The Moment

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

Cream together:

2 C brown sugar
2C granulated sugar
4 eggs
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.

Yumma yumma.

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.


David and Brooke Gallagher said...

Hey- Thanks so much for the wonderful cookies, they just might have replaced some of my most favorite cookies. Y ou are an awesome women!

Stephanie said...

Do you know how hard it is to find a good chocolate chip cookie recipe? They're either flat or bland or . . . fill in the adjective. Can't wait to try these! You're not nuts - I think baking is therapeutic too - sometimes. I just made Jared some awesome homemade rolls and it's a great feeling. Bread makers rule! I remember your savory breads back in Heritage 119. Everyone else was envious as we were all eating Wonderbread. :) Love you, Kara!

Stephanie said...

Is "breadmaker" one word? I don't mean to imply that I am a bread-maker. I just meant to imply that I used a breadmaker to make the dough for these rolls. That's still considered homemade, right? Who kneads by hand anymore?

michael. mindy. dane. said...

I LOVE Fat Stan's!! I have the recipe but have yet to make them...I wish you would have mailed me a few...oh, and why weren't you at the bride and groom shower tonight? Michael and I had to take on the daunting task of being the first to give the soon-to-be newlyweds advice whe it could and SHOULD have been you! (since you are grandma's favorite, what with being the one to try out the homestead and all). Sheesh!

Shauna said...

I just made these Monday, the BEST ever!!!!