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Chocolate Chip Cookies


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This has been my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe ever since stumbling upon it in the May 2009 issue of Cook’s Illustrated.  It’s everything I have ever wanted a chocolate chip cookie to be:  crisp on the edge, chewy in the middle, and deeply flavorful thanks to a better ratio of dark brown sugar to granulated, as well as the use of brown butter.  If chocolate chip cookies were to be served in the afterlife, they would surely be made from this recipe.


Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour (8¾ ounces)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 14 tablespoons (7 ounces) unsalted butter, divided
  • ¾ cup (5¼ ounces) dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup (3½ ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1¼ cups semisweet chocolate chips (7 1/2 ounces)


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 large (18x12-inch) baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside.
  3. 3. Heat 10 tablespoons of the butter in a 10-inch stainless steel or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling the pan constantly until the butter is dark golden brown and has a nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and transfer the browned butter to a large heatproof bowl. Stir the remaining 4 tablespoons butter into the hot browned butter until completely melted. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  4. 4. Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla to the bowl with the butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add the egg and egg yolk and whisk until the mixture is smooth with no sugar lumps remaining, about 30 seconds. Let the mixture stand for 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat the process of resting and whisking 2 more times until the mixture is thick, smooth, and shiny. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in the chocolate chips and give the dough a final stir to ensure there are no hidden flour pockets.
  5. 5. Scoop the dough into 16 even portions, each about 3 tablespoons, and arrange them 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets, 8 dough balls per sheet.
  6. 6. Bake the cookies 1 tray at a time until the edges have begun to set but centers are still soft and the cookies still puffy, 10 to 14 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer the baking sheet to wire rack and allow cookies to cool completely before serving.


Rum Balls



Are you ready to RUM-BALL?!?!  These are one of my son’s favorite Christmas treats.  Basically, this recipe is a dough made of crumbled brownies and rum.  Balls are formed from the dough, chilled, and decorated however you’d like.  Roll them in sugar, dip them in chocolate, or go wherever your imagination takes you.

Feel free to use your own brownie recipe!  Simply add more or less rum, as needed.

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Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats


My mom was always one who liked to take things to the next level.  Rice Krisipies treats were no exception.  We could practically smell them the minute we stepped off the school bus.  Sometimes they were even better when sharing them with friends so that they, too, could feel as special as we did. This is one recipe I’ll never tweak.
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