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In my new(er) life as a mom and tita to my two nephews and one niece (all foodies-in training), and some friends, I’m famous for my chocolate chip cookies. I think that anybody who likes to bake, moms especially, have this cookie cornered.
My chocolate chip cookie recipe isn’t different from any other recipe of its sort. It uses butter, two kinds of sugar, flour, and leaveners. But what’s different about my cookie is my mixing technique. I also use various kinds of imported chocolate, both chips and bars that I chop up myself, so there’s lots and lots of chocolate. It’s all in the details…
… and there’s something else. Every cookie is weighed before being placed on the baking sheet, with each one tipping the scales at 4 ounces, or 112 grams. It’s one mighty cookie yes, that bakes up puffy and fat with crisp exteriors, similar to the one you see in the photo above.
I tend to “personalize” these cookies when I make them just for my Bin and Boo. Boo doesn’t like chocolate chips in her chocolate chip cookies (am still trying to figure this one out), so I omit the chocolate and bake up plain cookies for her using the same dough. For my Bin, there are times he likes nuts in his chocolate chip cookies and sometimes he won’t have them, so I make a little of both. The various preferences remind me of the times when I was a home baker accepting orders way back when.
We eat these fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies and dip them in milk, the kitchen still awash in the oven’s heat; it suffuses us all in aromas of butter and sugar. “These are so great, Mom!” Boo says, her mouth littered with golden crumbs, and on her chin, drops of milk. “They’re just cookies, love,” I reply, wiping away those milk drops. “Anyone can make them.” “Nope, not the way YOU make them.” My Bin says resolutely, reaching for his second cookie.
So tell me: What home-baked dish or dessert are you known for?