Friday, September 9, 2011

Bed-Rest Cookie Project

I haven't quite mastered the skill of baking. Not even close. I've made a few Pumpkin Trifles in my time (but there is no baking required), and I've successfully baked one Red Velvet Cake from scratch. But that's all, folks.

My dear friend, Megan gave me a cookie recipe when I was put on "bed-rest" (a very non-strict version of bed-rest) so I could fill my home with the sweet smell of baking and possibly take my mind off some baby issues I'm having.

So, with some dirty looks from my husband (who would like to see me chained to my bed) I set forth to do a lil' bakin.

Now, let me preface this success story a bit by saying- I have NEVER successfully baked cookies. They usually turn out in a pool of slop on the baking pan or they're burned to a crisp. Tony has forbade me from making cookies in his presence because I create such a disaster of the kitchen...and not one single cookie that I've made has crossed the lips of myself or anyone else, for that matter.

The result of my "Bed-Rest Cookie Project"....I DID IT! I actually followed the recipe. And VOILA...presto...the cookies were (might I be presumtuous enough to say...) Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!

I still get a little messy from time to time...

Here is the recipe that Meg shared with me! Enjoy!!

Dry ingredients
3 cups flour
3 cups flour
1.5 teaspoons of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt

Sugar mixture
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup shortening
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

12 oz bag of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375.

Sift together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix softened butter (do not use an electric mixer) with sugars. And eggs and combine. Add vanilla extract and combine.

Gradually add dry ingredients to sugar mixture.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Chill dough for 10 - 15 minutes.

Drop generous dough "clumps" onto cookie sheet (taller clumps seem to bake down and puff up better than wide clumps), and put in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes (check at 8 minutes and bake longer if necessary). Or you can take 'em out at 8 minutes and let them finish baking on the hot cookie sheet .

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