This weekend I was expecting company at my humble abode so I decided to be a nice hostess and bake some cookies. Serving cookies to guests is not only an accepted social convention that everyone enjoys, it is something that I didn’t think I could mess up. I had a limited amount of ingredients and a limited amount of time, so I popped open a recipe from Jaime’s Food Revolution cookbook and skipped over to the sweets section. The recipe was simply entitled “Cookies.”
- 9 Tbsp. butter
- 1/2 cup superfine sugar
- 1 large egg , preferably free-range or organic
- Scant 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup quick cook oatmeal (not instant)
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
You can also add: orange or lemon zest or chocolate chips.
First reaction: Whoa, that’s a lot of butter. I double checked, Paula Deen is not involved in this one. All that butter is needed to make the edges nice and crispy. These are supposed to be the sort of cookies that you eat with coffee or tea (oh Jaime, you’re so fancy!). Luckily I had most of the ingredients available already, so I didn’t have to run to the supermarket. I didn’t have oatmeal (the ingredient Jamie uses to “keep things healthy”, I guess to balance out all the butter?), and I used regular ol’ sugar instead of the superfine kind. I also didn’t have chocolate chips handy, but I did have a leftover bar of chocolate from a previous dessert attempt, so I just chopped those up into little pieces.
I mixed all the ingredients together, being careful with the butter. You always have to be careful with the butter (don’t melt it too much!) when you make cookies, I’ve learned, especially with a recipe like this that is basically all butter. The recipe says that you need to roll the dough up into sausage form and put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes. I found that it is a lot easier to cut later if you leave it in there over night.
The next day, I cut it up into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and popped those bad boys into the oven, waited about 10 minutes, and pulled the first batch out of the oven. This is what I got (right):
The picture on the left is what it’s supposed to look like. Ok, I’ll try again with the second batch:
At first I was excited that I had somehow created this monster-cookie, but it wasn’t so much fun scraping it off the pan. I succeeded in making the edges brown and crispy, like Jamie intended for them to be, but somehow the cookies lost its thickness in the heat and literally melted into this blob. I’d like to blame the butter, but my test tasters (a.k.a. my unfortunate guests) actually enjoyed the buttery flavor of the cookies. This might also involve the fact that I didn’t add the oatmeal, which probably would have kept it together better.
Successful?: It doesn’t quite look as scrumptious as the original photo, so I’m going to go with no.
Tasty?: Depends on who I asked.
Rematch?: Maybe not so soon.