I received the most lofty praise I could ever hope for yesterday. Deciding I hadn’t made cookies in a while, I whipped up a batch for my kiddies to have as an afternoon treat. Katy Rose took one bite and said “Ma, you are the goodest cooker EVER!”. My heart melted. She went on to add in all of her five year old wisdom “I even think you might be a better cooker than me!”.
Note to self: The goal of having the kids help in the kitchen in order to bring about higher self esteem has definitely been successful.
My earliest memories are sitting at the kitchen table and my mother cooking something for us. She always cooked every meal but took special joy in making us little desserts, especially cookies. Growing up, we had homemade cookies baked for us twice a week - every week. We’d all go into the kitchen and help most days, too. It was wonderful and made us feel so grown up and kept the cookie jar stocked with fresh goodies for us to share with any friends who stopped by. You can imagine how popular our house was with the neighborhood kids.
As much as I love to cook, I don’t like the cleanup and it seems I’m always rushing into the kitchen to get the cooking done so I can get to another task. I’d love to have all day to toil away at my stove and I really would enjoy it, but this is 2010 so I need me a good shortcut now and again.
Today’s recipe is just that – streamlined ingredients, shortcut cookies – but it will still land you as the title of “Goodest _____ Ever”!
Sure, we could be the “Best” but I’ll pick “Goodest” over that any day!
Wanna be the “goodest” girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, mother, grandmother, grandfather, employer, employee, coworker, neighbor, etc? Whatever your goal, this cookie will help you reach it. It will most likely put you over the top and then some.
You’re gonna need: Baking mix, Sweetened condensed milk, Vanilla (or the cheap imitation stuff that I use!), one egg, little butter (or margarine) and chocolate chips -you’ll need a whole 12 ounce bag plus one cup.
You can use Bisquick baking mix if you don’t have Pioneer. I prefer Pioneer because the container just makes so much more sense! It’s handy to be able to put that lid on and place it neatly on my shelf. The Bisquick box really annoys me.
Note to manufacturers: I will pay a little more for a convenient container because it will save me money and hassle in the long run. Seriously!
Pour your package of chocolate chips in a bowl and heat those in the microwave for-
thirty seconds, stir, thirty seconds, stir, thirty seconds, stir…
until melted and smooth and creamy
Place your baking mix in a large mixing bowl.
Add your sweetened condensed milk.
If my blood sugar would let me I could drink a can of this a day. As it is, I settle for licking the spatula after I scrape it all out of the can. Calories don’t count when you’re cooking, ya know.
Crack your egg into the bowl.
Add your cheapie imitation vanilla that you only paid a dollar for because you are brave!
You are bold!
You turn up your nose to the REAL vanilla!
We are the people!
We are cheap!
Say is loud with me!
VIVA LA CHEAPSKATE!!!
~blinks and lowers her arm, biting her lip as her cheeks pinken~
Sorry, got a little carried away there.
Here we go, all ready.
Now we have our smooth and creamy chocolate..
Dump that in thar, too!
Whoopsie! We forgot our melted butter!
Now we need to mix that up with an electric mixer until smooth and well blended.
I’ve gotten a good bit of slack on my use of margarine versus butter. Apparently this is a very polarizing topic, which is something kinda odd to me because I’m more of a to-each-his-own type person myself. Kind of a you-stock-your-fridge-I’ll-stock-mine type thing.
So, Margarine versus Butter, here is my official stance:
It’s a free country except when it comes to groceries.
Go with what your budget allows and if spending that extra two dollars means you can’t get your kid’s favorite yogurt, pick up that box of margarine with me and hold your head high.
Today I used butter and do you know why? Because so many folks have been giving me slack about using margarine. That’s about the most ridiculous reason I can think of and I’m kinda embarrassed to admit it. I love you butter people, I really do- I even mentioned butter in the acknowledgments section of my book. I admire you and I think you’re grand and I’m sure your dishes are filled with buttery delight that is absent in mine. You’re awesome. You’re the best. I will probably use butter from time to time in the future but my Granny wouldn’t have spent the extra money and its not in my nature to do either so at this point. Just shield your eyes from the blue bonnet box and I’ll do my best to protect you.You’re my peeps - just without the hydrogenated oils.
Now we are gonna pour in our chocolate chips into the well mixed batter and mix those up again until well blended.
I store my extra chocolate chips in a mason jar. I store just about everything in mason jars if I have them around. They’re handy and can be reused forever. They are also kinda pretty sitting around with dried beans and popcorn and such in them. Kinda like edible decorations for those of you who like countrified things. I’m kinda countrified m’self so I tend to feel a kinship with mason jars, I guess.
Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
I love these cookie sheets. They’re called Airbake and you can get them at Wal Mart and many other places. They are insulated with a layer of air in between two sheets of metal and if you get them, you’ll have perfect cookies every time. You can also scrub them since there is no nonstick coating. I reckon I’ve had these for about ten years or so.
Oh, the package says that you can’t wash them in the dishwasher. If any of y’all are ever around my cookie sheets don’t mention that because they don’t know and I’ve been washing them in the dishwasher since day one. Shhhhh!
Wow, I’m feelin’ chatty today…
Bake them at 350 for 10-12 minutes, or until the tops are nicely cracked like this.
You don’t want to over bake them so be sure not to let them go past twelve unless you know your oven isn’t heating like it should.
Voila! Our finished cookies!
Voila! Our finished cookies again, with brighter lighting!
I put these two photos up on our Facebook page yesterday to see which one folks liked better and it ended up being about 2/3 for this one and 1/3 firmly in the corner of the previous photo so I’m just gonna show everyone the love and put ‘em both here. Thing is, everyone who voted on a particular photo had good reason to and I agreed with all of y’all!
These are deeply decadently chocolaty and chewy. I hope you enjoy them. Brady had one this morning with his breakfast (hey, sometimes we need dessert with breakfast) and he said “You know Ma, you did a really good job on these cookies. These are mine and Katy’s favorite now!”
He says that every time I make cookies. ~grins~
Y’all know that Red Robin commercial where they say “Red Robin – yummmmm!” at the end? Sing with me now! “Chocolate cookies – yummm!”
Believe your beliefs, doubt your doubts
but never doubt your beliefs or believe your doubts.
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