The “Best” Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!

Best CCC fixedThis may sound ridiculous, but it’s true!  These are really the BEST chocolate chip cookies EVER!  At least in this family over here!  Years ago, when I was a kid I would make the traditional Tollhouse cookies on the back of the chocolate chip bag.  They went down without a problem-trust me, but they were, in my experience, not always consistent.  Of course, I did not know anything about letting butter sit out or what “creaming butter and sugar together” actually really meant.  No one had shown me.  Then one year, when I was in a cookbook club, I ordered a cookbook just about cookies- The All-American Cookie Book, and it had a “better version” of the Tollhouse cookie.  I still refer to it today to make most cookies or to compare to other recipes.  But, that was the first time I realized why my cookie would taste different than say, a bakery’s chocolate chip cookie.  This post was really created years ago, in my head, I just didn’t know it!

So, I dug around, about a year ago, on the web and found that I was not the only one on a perfect chocolate chip cookie mission!  They were literally tons of opinions on how it should be done.  Well this is mine…♥.  Please note:  This is, admittedly, a very high-maintenance recipe!! Sorry!   I usually try to simplify things here on my blog, but this one is so worth the extra ingredients and time.  It truly is a labor of love.  When you bite into this cookie, still slightly warm from the oven, with ribbons of semi-sweet chocolate and bittersweet chocolate perfectly folded into a chewy, soft center, and just slightly crispy edge…ok seriously, you just have to do it!! So worth it! DSC_0455

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Raw Cacao Balls

Raw Cacao balls sc

Of course, some of you are just getting to know me, and it looks like I only prefer vegan dishes.  But I do swear, I will post some of my “sinful” stuff eventually.  I’m having such fun with this clean eating, that recipes keep popping up in my head.  Until then, this is such a great alternative to that chocolate craving that happens in the afternoon (at least for me, that is :)).  I was given this treat by my neighbor, who is totally raw, about 4 years ago.  I can say that for me, “Raw” would not work, but I know many people who live this way and are quite satisfied.   I enjoy my warm chocolate chip cookies from the oven or a good steak on the grille.  I don’t eat like that all day every day, but I can’t imagine life without it.   I like good food-period!   [Read more...]

Speculoos Kisses

 Speculoos Kisses

I have to admit I had no idea what Speculoos was, let alone how to even pronounce “Speculoos” before last week.  It all started when I read Joy the Baker’s post on this gingerbread cake she made…find it here: Gingerbread Cake.  I’m not too proud to say that I hope to make a creation as beautiful as that!  [Read more...]

Brown Butter Fiori Cookies

BB fiori cookies

I had a thought this morning and it morphed into one of my better cooking ideas.  After the holidays and all the heaviness of what had transpired-into my gut- I was looking for something refreshing.  I glanced at a cooking catalogue and was reminded of a product I had bought awhile ago.  And by “awhile”- I mean a year! It was Fiori di Sicilia extract.  It’s a citrus-vanilla extract that is commonly found in Penattone (an Italian dessert that my mom happens to love!) and is everywhere for the holidays. 

Fiori di Sicilia

So I thought, I have to make something with this…holidays…cookies.  Duh, use it in a sugar cookie recipe!  It had to be a rich and decadent sugar cookie, though to balance and contrast the flavor of the Fiori.  So here’s what I came up with…I’m quite proud, I must say. [Read more...]