My sister will go to a Mexican restaurant and order a cheese quesadilla. It makes me angry. I could make her that at home for like a dollar. It's a total waste of money and ordering food, in my opinion. When I order something off a menu, I think to myself, "What can I not make for myself at home?" and then I order that. So it's generally the most complex item with crazy ingredients that I wouldn't know where to buy or how to cook.
When I cook something, I am generally drawn to recipes that have a ton of ingredients. You probably won't ever see a recipe on here that has a name like "Simple Pasta with Olive Oil". YAAAAAAAAAAAAWN.
So when I was home last weekend, I told my mom I was going to make a dessert. She said that her boyfriend wanted to make his mom's famous chocolate chip cookies. My heart sank. Chocolate chip cookies? That's the MOST boring dessert I could possible think of. I had envisioned something with four kinds of chocolate and peanut butter and mousse and crunch and food coloring and sprinkles and ganache and anything else with a ridiculously high sugar content. Duh.
However, because I am kind and accommodating, I agreed to make them. Reluctantly. I was prepared to be extremely underwhelmed.
Now, I don't say this often but....
....I was wrong.
These cookies were awesome. Hands down, the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had. My mom's boyfriend, my sister, and I were eating spoonfuls of the batter as my mom stared at us in disgust.
I think the difference might be the Crisco. I have never baked with Crisco but it seemed to make the dough lighter and creamier. I might be making that up but I'm gonna go with it.
I do credit part of the deliciousness of these cookies to the fact that, in addition to the the amount of chocolate chips that were called for in the recipe, I dumped in a whole bag of leftover Valentine's Day M&Ms (for a double batch). Whoops. I just couldn't leave it alone.
Oh, and I made them into an ice cream sandwich.
|So delicious. And pretty. And not boring.|
|My sis, Kennedy, enjoying my creation.|
These cookies definitely changed my mind about plain (coughBORINGcough) recipes. Maybe a couple uncharacteristically simple recipes will make it on the blog from time to time.
Side story: My mom's boyfriend obviously doesn't bake often.
I told him to put parchment paper on the baking sheets. About 2 minutes into baking the first batch, I noticed that the kitchen seemed to be getting a little foggy. I opened the oven and smoke came pouring out. I pulled out the cookies and could not figure out what was going on.
Then I saw the wax paper on the counter. He thought that wax paper and parchment paper were the same product.
He's lucky I like him. And that my mom paid for all of the groceries. Because he ruined 24 cookies. Unacceptable.
|the waxy cookie remnants|
Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup Crisco
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 bag of M&Ms
- Combine Crisco and sugar, cream well, blend in eggs and vanilla.
- Combine dry ingredients and then add to cream blend mixing well.
- Stir in chocolate pieces.
- Drop by heaping tsp. full onto cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.