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The Sky and Cookies

by on September 12, 2008 · 10 comments

First off, here’s a picture of the sky right now. Hurricane? What hurricane?

Sky

It’s literally the calm before the storm and I feel a bit unsettled. We don’t expect anything more than heavy wind and slight rain at our house, but the arrival of evacuees and impending disaster near the coast has got me down.

It’s these kinds of days when I turn to my default cookie, chocolate chip. To liven things up, I decided to try a new one….one with the word “Ultimate” in it.

This recipe is from Southern Living. At first glance, it looks a lot like the Toll House recipe, but it has slightly more flour and less butter. The cookies were fine. I can’t say they were outstanding and definitely not ultimate. The flavor was good, though. They’re a little too chewy and more cakey than I prefer….but not bad. I’d make them again.

How’s that for a confusing review? It’s almost as confusing as the reviewer on Southern Living who said they were on her “Favorites” list but gave them 3 out of 5 stars. I need a second opinion. Sometimes I’ve overly critical with cookies.

chocolate chip cookies

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Published on September 12, 2008

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Joanna September 12, 2008 at 2:28 pm

You’re so funny. I’ve never understood weird ratings like that either. These cookies almost look like the moist, end caps of whoopie pies. And by moist, end caps, I mean the outside cake. I shouldn’t have mentioned whoopie pies. Now I want one! haha either way, these look divine!

VeggieGirl September 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Enjoy the lovely weather for me – it’s FLOODING here!!

I rarely trust the reviews on those sites, since a lot of people will say wonderful things about a recipe, but then give it 2 stars or something.

Lisa Ernst September 12, 2008 at 2:42 pm

I’ve been wondering how Austin would be impacted by the hurricane. Glad you’ll only have to endure heavy rains there. The situation is really sad and disturbing, isn’t it?

Chocolate chip are just what I reach for when in need of comfort. Yesterday, when I heard my Houston show was cancelled, I baked some peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies. They were ok, but not the greatest. Your cookies look beautiful and enticing, even if they’re not up there with the very best.

Katrina September 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm

It has rained here (Kansas) all week. Soccer practices and games have been cancelled and well, my house is a mess (from the kids being indoors more). I’m sure we’ll get more rain to come from Ike as well. I baked today, too! (Surprise)
I just posted some REALLY yummy malt and peanut butter cookies on my blog! My take on Dorie’s Malted Whopper Drops.

Yeah, these ccc’s you’ve made look just okay. But I do like mine a little more “puffy” and gooey and crisp and….but you’re right they don’t look bad and I’m sure they don’t taste bad, they ARE ccc’s! The place I distrust reviews the most is probably Allrecipes. For years that was almost the only place I’d go to for recipes, but have often been not-too-pleased with results, even though the recipes have good reviews. I only ever make a 4 star or higher recipe from that site.

Better get ready for boys to walk in the door from school any second now!

clumbsycookie September 12, 2008 at 3:51 pm

You should be critical with cookies! You eat so many that you have high standards! Hope Ike doesn’t bother you (or anybody) much!

Kathy September 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm

I thought you might be interested in this one if you haven’t seen it already:

http://www.bonappetit.com/magazine/2008/09/brownie_chunk_cookies

I had made a pan of microwave brownies and overcooked them a bit, so they were dry, and I used them up this way. Turned out great!

Lisa September 12, 2008 at 7:21 pm

I hear you about the need to go back to a touchstone or something known and solid during uncertainty. Thank goodness for chocolate chip cookies. I’ve passed along an award to you. You can pick it up here. http://lisasmagicsprinkles.blogspot.com/

Carrie Farmer September 12, 2008 at 10:51 pm

I am seriously craving a choc. chip cookie while we weather the storm here in Houston! I would have made a batch tonight, but I didn’t want to heat up the house with the oven on if we’re going to be without AC soon. I did make some delish sugar cookies yesterday. The recipe is from my favorite bakery in town- scroll down this page for “iced sugar cookies”

KAnn September 13, 2008 at 12:54 am

Anna, I found this at Epicurious-Mexican chocolate chip which I thought of again after your Rick Bayless cake…I intend to try it soon but thought you may have tried it…

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/MEXICAN-CHOCOLATE-CHIP-COOKIES-4808

Priscilla September 13, 2008 at 9:22 am

Hi Anna, I looked up that issue of SL because I tried that recipe back in 2005. My notes said “too cakey and not like picture”. So I guess I agree with you on this one.

I sympathize with all you folks in Texas and am glad it won’t be too bad where you live.

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