Welcome to Tasty Tuesday, an experimental new feature here at Schrodinger’s Bookshelf.
I figured that since, at the moment, I don’t have anything exciting to report, I might as well share some of the stuff I love, in the hopes that it’ll brighten your days. And while you may already know I love books and cats, fewer people know I love to cook and bake. It’s a form of relaxation, a way to let the mind clear out, and a source of fun for me. There’s just something magical about the art of throwing together all sorts of ingredients and performing alchemical reactions to produce tasty treats.
And when it comes to kitchen hijinks, I love making cookies. And since so many people seem to love my cookies in return, I figured what the hey, have a recipe. Keep in mind, all recipes have come from the net and been adjusted by me to suit my tastes and needs. Original credit will be given if I still remember where it came from.
First up, what I consider to be the simplest and most representative of my repertoire: chocolate chip cookies.
3/4 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup brown suger
2/3 cup granulated (white) sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 tablespoon dark chocolate balsamic vinegar (available at certain specialty shops, such as Oliveto in Roanoke)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, dark, mint, this is the part where you can go wild!)
THE MAGIC PART:
Cream together butter, sugars, corn syrup and vinegar.
Beat in eggs, Beat in vanilla, salt, baking soda, baking powder.
Stir in flour and chips.
Here, I like to chill the resultant mixture in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Drop by tablespoons (or cookie scoop, or bare hand and rolled into little balls) on cookie sheets (I line mine with parchment paper)
Bake for 10 minutes.
Batch makes around 4 dozen, give or take.
I’ll add a picture of the final result as soon as I make some more. My last batch got vaccuumed by the recipients, leaving only crumbs.