Friday, September 28, 2007

Dedicated to Gary Scales

These chocolate-chip cookies will save your soul. They can resurrect Elvis, bring the sweetest fruits to your barren lands, and make Dick Cheney smile. By God, they are fantastic! Don't believe me? Feast your eyes! (and try the recipe)

I'd like to claim that I developed this recipe myself, but I have quite a distaste for dishonesty. So instead I'll thank my old roommate, Nena, for stealing this recipe from our local Co-op's bakery.

  • preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • 1/2 lb. butter
  • 1/2 lb. Earth Balance (vegan butter)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups evaporated cane juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/8 cup vanilla extract
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1/2 tbs. baking soda
  • 1/2 tbs. sea salt
  • 3 1/4 cups good-quality chocolate chips
In a very large bowl, cream together the butters and sugars. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and sugar. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and give your arms a good workout until thoroughly combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Drop by 1/3 cup full onto cookie sheets. Lightly press them out with the palm of your hand. Leave a lot of room between cookies (only add 3-4 cookies per sheet). Bake until done, about 10 minutes.


San said...

But is the world ready for Dick Cheney's smile?

b2 said...

If you like coconut, throw some in. Not enough for anyone to really notice it, but it can give a nice depth and "tooth" to cc cookies without actually making them too chewy. How many does this make? A pound of fat (I love Earth Balance), 4 cups of sweetener and 6 cups of flour sound like a recipe that should make around 10 doz. cookies. Here's a challenge for you (I have a personal stake in the outcome, having been missing cc cookies ever since I found out about my gluten allergy and being too demoralized by failed attempts to bake with alternative flours to waste any more chocolate chips--baking isn't fun anymore when you used to be good but your flour world gets turned upside down): come up with a decent gluten-free cc cookie, without using potato starch. Actually, coming up with a decent gluten-free anything without using potato starch would be a grand achievement. How about biscuits?

Flannery said...

b2--You must check out Gluten Free Goddess. See my "mixed beginnings" post for a link. She's a New Mexican woman with Celiac disease, and she knows what she's doing!

San--Halloween costume idea!