when they burn?
when i go to the trouble of baking cookies, and go through the anticipation of serving fresh cookies warm from the oven, i’m horribly disappointed when something goes wonky with my oven (because it couldn’t possibly be anything i did wrong) and the bottoms of the cookies get burnt.
my first thought is to throw them out the window, along with the stove and recipe book in a fit of rage. actually, no. my first thought is to poke martha stewart in the eye. (i like you martha, but you set the standard so ridiculously high and make anything less than perfection seem like complete rubbish. that’s where i come in, restoring balance to the universe one failed project at a time.) and then i want to throw the stove and recipe book and cookies out the window.
but since the stove is heavy, and there’s that mesh screen on the window which i’d have to remove first before defenestrating said cookies lest they come bouncing off the mesh right back at my head…here is what i do instead. do you do this too? or have you never had the need? i hate you. i envy you. i wish you’d come here and make me some cookies. must make appointment regarding conflicted voices in my head.
i get out my trusty old grater, and just shave away the burnt bits.
scraping with a knife works too. i’ve had many opportunities (ahem) to try different techniques but i find the grater works better, more quickly and evenly. and i can’t be trusted with a knife so soon after i’ve burned a perfectly good batch of cookies.
see? bad feelings dissipating …
here is the recipe. i’ve made it a number of times before without burning them, so i feel confident in sharing the recipe. they’re delicious minus the burnt bits.
chocolate chip and walnut cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter (or margarine) softened
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 and a half teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- in large mixing bowl, mix sugars, butter, vanilla and eggs til combined.
- in another bowl, combine flour with baking soda and salt, then add to mixing bowl in small amounts.
- mix til combined, add chocolate chips and walnuts and mix again.
- measure one rounded teaspoon at a time, placing them on a greased cookie tray, about 2″ apart
- bake for about 10 minutes until lightly browned (this step is very important, apparently)
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