Ultrathin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes the pictures in cookbooks really mess with me. Like this one below. See how beautiful that looks?

IMAG2673

Well when my ultra thin cookies came out of the oven they had none of the lacy beauty of the ones above which obviously led me to fervently googling other blogs to see what their results looked like. Apparently many were quite close to mine. After breathing a confused sigh of relief I realized that the picture in the book is the back of the cookie. Oh Alice Medrich you are so sneaky.

Somehow though I forgot to try them (!?!) so I cannot tell you what they are like warm and out of the oven, but I know they are very good that day and the next. It is the kind of thin crunchy chewy cookie that you really enjoy because it is so familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. Thankfully the recipe makes only 15 so the damage to me was limited. Also I did hide them from my 2 year old and then kinda forgot where for a day so I got to spread out the enjoyment!

Continue reading

Chocolate Chunk Cookies aka I Drown my Sorrows in Chocolate

See that below? That’s March in Toronto. Ick, ick, and ick.

IMAG0094

Oh and I am out of soup. One of the mothers I know hosted a soup exchange recently, but now it’s gone, ALL gone. This is all my way of explaining why I had no choice, but to make the chocolatiest chocolate chunk cookie recipe in my arsenal. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

This recipe is a slightly modified one from ‘Flour’ by Joanne Chang. She is the owner and baker extraordinaire behind Flour a successful Boston bakery. If you do not own it and are even remotely interested in baking some extremely delicious treats then go buy it. If you don’t bake then buy it for a friend, now that is a gift that will keep on giving. Because I m a little… crazy I think is the word… I actually had a friend of mine who was visiting me from Boston go to Flour (the bakery on which the book is based) and pick up an assortment of baked goods so I could compare my baked goods to the ‘originals’. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed. Now that, my friends, is the result of a well written cook book.

I love that her approach to baking is so scientific, makes me want to rush out and buy a weighing scale instead of using measuring cups. Anyway, when she tells me to do something I listen and so should you.

Continue reading