Monday, August 29, 2011

OBACCC Attempt #3

Ok, this is fun. Seriously, fun! Last night I was browsing through my pin interest and one of my friends had pinned These cookies from Dana @ My Little Celebration.

Go check out her pictures because they are awesome. So awesome in fact that I decided I wasn't even going to take any photos last night lol Mine came out exactly like hers.

So here's the run down. This was a quick and easy recipe. No complicated grating of a whole chocolate bar or grinding oats. Straightforward is oh so nice.

No nuts, but I did use peanut butter.

Straight out of the oven these were good. A bit oaty, and heavy for me though. Although I did somehow manage two before bed, hehe.

This morning, I'm so happy to see these held up overnight. They are still soft and yummy. The peanut butter taste has come out a bit more as well as the cinammon.

I like them, but Cookie #2 blows this one out of the water.

Only made 18 cookies, and they are going FAST! If I make it again I'll definitley double the recipe so that I can share more.

Next cookie is going to have less oats, and hopefully nuts. I still miss them.

There is no method to my madness, obviously.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

OBACCC Attempt #2

I got a text at 6ish. It was from my main taster and said "Vodka and Chocolate chip cookies sound awesome for dinner"

2 hours later, she showed up with El Pollo Loco and I provided the Cookies and Vodka.

This go round I tried this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker

Here's how mine turned out (Wil promptly broke this fabulous plate about an hour later, ugh)

What I loved about these cookies....
-You melt the butter, No waiting for it to soften..which for cookies that you need quick is essential.
-They were exactly what they promised thick and chewy
-The color was good, they looked like a traditional CCC
-They tasted great out of the oven
-They were soft and yummy the first night and really hit the spot
-I used two kinds of chocolate chips, hersheys special dark and nestle semi sweet. The combo was divine. You could legitimately taste both flavors in each bite.

What I didn't love about these cookies....
-I didn't "get" the twist them apart and stack them. I did it for half and the only difference was that some of the twisted ones looked like siamese twins after they were done baking.
-They got much harder overnight

What I'm looking for in the next cookie...
-Oatmeal, I need it.
-Nuts, I also need those. lol
-A little longevity. They should stay soft and yummy for more than a few hours, right?

All in all a decent cookie....Looking for the next now!!

Happy Cookie Eating!!

P.S. I've been semi putting together and organizing my scrapbook room, maybe one of these days you'll get to see a layout from me again!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Operation Bad Ass Chocolate Chip Cookie Attempt #1

Those of you who are my "friends" on Facebook know that recently I issued myself a challenge to find the absolute BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe. Sure sounds simple, right? Ha! I've found that everyone has their own specific thought on what it should be. Some people like a crunchy cookie, some a soft. Some like nuts, others no nuts. My father asks for his burnt, seriously.

For me, I think the perfect cookie is going to be thick.
Soft inside with a nice crunch outside.
I want to be able to taste the butter, but not be overwhelmed by it.
I love nuts but one of my testers doesn't eat nuts in their cookies so I'm making them both ways.

So, for the first test I thought I would try a Cookie that I've had my eye on for awhile. Ever since the emails started years ago the Neiman-Marcus $250 Cookie Recipe has been begging me to make them.

I tackled these last night. I halved the recipe, I don't need 80 cookies lying around the house! I also added 1 tsp of Cinnamon, because I can and while tigers hate cinnamon, I love it. Here's a few things I found...this dough is no joke! It was thick and dark. As I rolled them into balls as the recipe calls for they strongly resembled meatballs on my cookie sheets. I'm not going to lie, I may have gagged a little at the thought. Raw cookie dough isn't in my food pyramid so I refrained from trying the concoction until baked.

As noted in the recipe by many commenters, they needed extra bake time. I felt I did as well with the first batch taking about 15 minutes (Which was too long, I ended up with crispy cookies) The second batch I took out at 12 minutes and cooled for 2 minutes on the pan before transferring them to a cooling rack.

The no nuts batch was too crunchy for me..and too thin. It seemed like the walnuts made the cookie more moist and thicker. I'll give you the full review when that tester does her job!

For the Nut version of this recipe. The cookies are good. They have a nice buttery flavor. Too much Oatmeal for my taste, while I think my perfect cookie will have oatmeal I'm going to try one next with no oatmeal just for good measure. I used walnuts in this batch because well, I had them on hand. I'd like to redo this recipe at a later date with less oatmeal and pecans.

Danny wasn't much help however he did declare that these were "probably the best chocolate chip cookies you've ever made" The guys at work also like them, but no specific comments. I need new testers.

Until next time, have a great week!