As many people know this site was started to show of the experiments that take place in my kitchen. Many times these will involve family recipes, shit I make up, and occasionally…Pinterest.
Why Pinterest? I adore Pinterest fails. There’s a lot of things people post that I read the ingredients and instructions and say “Uh that does not match up with the photo. That’s not how it works.”
To quote the wonderful Jeph Jacques (of Questionable Content and awesome Twitter) “Baking is Science for Hungry People”
You can’t just throw ingredients together and hope for a nice photo. You need the right ingredients. Baking and Cooking are indeed a science. Maybe Alchemy. You know, equivalent exchange and all.
True story, I should probably get more sleep before writing posts. Any who…
The recipe for this week came from something I saw on Pinterest all the time and as a fail posted in many other places. I decided to take on the Chocolate Chip cookies stuffed with Oreos. Or Chocolate Chip Chaos as I saw it.
I have a lot of qualms with the recipes I found. Mostly because I may have a *wee* issue with measuring and following directions. Oh I read and I do listen, but let us just say there are times where I go “nah, fuck it.” Also because one of the recipes says it makes 2 dozen…it made just about a dozen when I followed it directly.
Alright, recipe time (since I’m adding my rules, I get to rename this creation):
Chocolate Chip Chaos
Make about a dozen LARGE cookies
- 2 sticks softened butter (let them get to room temp before using)
- 3/4 Cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 Cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs (like the butter, let them get to room temp before using)
- 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
- 3 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 10 oz bag chocolate chips
- 1 bag Oreo Cookies (Regular work, but Double and Mega stuff are better)
What You Need:
- Mixer (Standing Mixers are best, but hand held are awesome as well)
- Bowl (or two if using a hand mixer instead of a stand bowl)
- Baking sheets
- Cooking spray to grease sheets, or you know, butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer cream butter and sugars until well combined. Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined.
- *A note about the vanilla*: I do not use a tablespoon. I probably use about two or more depending on my mood. Vanilla is one of those ingredients you can usually use a little more of without worrying about it. I love vanilla because it pulls flavors forward, don’t be afraid to play with recipies
- In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt and baking soda. Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips until just combined.
- *A note about chips*: I don’t use the actual 10 oz. I go by my mood of that day. To be honest I’ll eat one cookies from the batch and give the rest away, not a big chocolate chip cookie person. I also have a habit of mixing up chips. I generally use dark chocolate chips, but I have also thrown in butterscotch chips as well. I’m a fan of kitchen sink cookies, so thrown in whatever you like! Just don’t overdo it or you’ll need to double your recipe, you’ll see why in the next step.
- This is where it gets fun. Basically you’re going to make a cookie sandwich. Most recipes tell you to measure with an ice cream or cookie scoop. This is why I hate many internet recipes. They take out of fun and emotion of being in the kitchen. So take some dough and start covering there, this is the main reason you don’t want to add too many chips. Once you have sealed the hero inside the dough, place onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or well greased. Bake cookies 13-15 minutes or until cookies are baked to your liking.
Last, but not least, enjoy with whatever you want. Milk. Irish coffee. A White Russian. Eggnog. Milkshakes. Really anything. Maybe not orange juice.
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