Monday, June 23, 2008


Yesterday afternoon, we made chocolate chip cookies. These aren't just ANY chocolate chip cookies, though. They are AMAZING chocolate chip cookies (at least we think so). Here are my helpers, Jo and Beth:

[Prior to making the cookies:

Beth (picking up the bag of chocolate chips): I LOVE these. (pauses) Ooooh, mom, mom.

Me: What?

Beth: USUALLY, when people make chocolate chip cookies, they taste the chocolate chips before making the cookies.]

Now, initially, a dozen of these cookies was supposed to accompany each of the prizes that I finally, just this morning, sent out to moo, Saly and Alice. But then I got to thinking:

Real butter + Chocolate chips + 2 to 3 days travel time + Summer heat = Possible food poisoning.

Possible food poisoning did not seem like a good prize, so I ditched the idea of including cookies. HOWEVER, I thought I'd provide you all with the recipe, as the cookies are to die for. It's really very simple. You use the Toll-House cookie recipe on the back of Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate chips with the following changes:

Change the first: Either double the recipe except for the amount of chips, or use half the amount of chocolate chips the recipe calls for. This is because my modified recipe for the cookies makes them so rich that also using the amount of chocolate chips the recipe calls for could quite possibly kill you. I even half the chocolate chips when I DON'T add the secret ingredient that makes them so rich because it really is just too many chips. I suggest doubling the recipe, so you can put plenty in the freezer for later and still have plenty for NOW.

Change the second: Where it says butter or margarine, you use half the amount of REAL BUTTER and half the amount of Crisco shortening.

Change the third: Add the SECRET INGREDIENT:

Vanilla pudding mix. Mix this in with the dry ingredients before adding the dry ingredients to the wet ones. Play around with how much. One box per recipe (two boxes if you double) is what I usually use, but I have made a double recipe with only one box and the cookies were still awesome. Also, I don't think it matters if you use the cooked or instant variety, but I generally use the cooked. And the back story behind this secret ingredient was that a guy I knew in college told me about it. A GUY. In COLLEGE. What college guys do you know of who know how to bake awesome cookies? I probably should have knocked off his girlfriend and married him. But... you know... she was nice and I liked her and I would've felt guilty. Not to mention the jail time.

That's it. Other than that you just follow the recipe they give you. Afterwards you can eat THESE:

I really need a new counter-top...


Nowheymama said...

Ok! If you let me slide on the butter requirement and let me use margarine instead, I can make these dairy free for my daughter. Awesome.

Fiona Picklebottom said...

nowheymama - I'm sure they'd still be awesome, just not quite as rich. Let me know how they turn out.

Saly said...

Yum...I have been dying for homemade cookies....I'd have risked the food poisoning, lol.

Seriously though, these may be on my agenda this week if I can keep my eyes open long enough.

And also, we had the same countertop until a few weeks ago. At least I didn't have to worry about placing a hot pan on the old stuff.

LoriD said...

Yummmm. Also... wouldn't banana pudding be good too!

Pickles & Dimes said...

Fantastic! I can't wait to try this trick with the pudding!

(I will be attempting to make cupcakes that look like corn on the cob this Friday. HELP ME.)

Fiona Picklebottom said...

shauna - They have these little corn on the cob molds for cornbread. Maybe you can use those?

Jess said...

That! Is brilliant! I mean, I JUST FOUND the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe and now you have me tempted to try another, and that's not so brilliant, but still! What a thought!

Alice said...

ha! i was all "YAY! I GET COOKIES!" then "aw, i don't get cookies," then "YAY! I DON'T GET FOOD POISONING!"

very emotional call for me ;-)

Alice said...

OH MY LORD, i cannot leave a correct comment to save my LIFE today.

very emotional POST. (i'm on a conference CALL right now and apparently not multitasking as well as i thought.)

moo said...

I am crying that we will not be getting said cookies. And then I am running to grocery store for secret ingredients. YOU ARE A GENIUS.

Anonymous said...

I am more than willing to risk food poisoning if you'd like to send me one or five dozen of these.

TheWeyrd1 said...

Yummmmmm...maybe when I visit my nephews we'll try this recipe! BTW, nice counter top...I have the same one! Yeah, it's gotta go.