Monday, October 25, 2010

Skills

Today is the first day in the history of my life that I do not want to eat cookies. Incidentally, today is also the first day in the history of my life that I am baking seven dozen cookies and attending a giant cookie party/contest. (I only have to bring four and a half dozen, but making fewer cookies would require me to do math, and I am so far beyond that today)

So anyway. I searched the Internet far and wide for a really tasty looking cookie recipe, and found one on a new (to me) favorite cooking site called Smitten Kitchen. She has a recipe for a chocolate toffee cookie that she said rivaled the World Peace cookies she'd made, and I thought: Hell, if these cookies are better than world peace, I'll make 'em.

Belatedly, I realized I would have to toast walnuts in the oven, melt chocolate in the double broiler I don't own, and chill each batch for 45 minutes before baking. About ten minutes into making my second batch, I began to giggle hysterically and sing snippets of Roy Orbison songs spontaneously.

In the end, I forced myself to eat some of these cookies, and I'll be damned if they aren't durn good. Each batch has a pound of chocolate and five Heath bars: How could they not be good??

Still, I have no hope of winning the contest, which takes place tonight, seeing as how several cookie veterans will be there, cookies in tow. I'll try to bring you some pictures of the other contestants' cookies tomorrow, and especially the winning cookie.

Here are some photos from my own cookie making adventures today.


 Walnuts, toasted

 Bittersweet chocolate, Safeway brand. That's how I roll.


Improvising a double broiler. I placed this bowl on top of a simmering pot of water, and ...


Gooey, melty chocolate. I refrained from rubbing this all over my body and running up and down the block.


 Brown sugar and eggs. Beat it, just beat it.


I got a new camera for my birthday. Is it obvious?



 Num nums. 


 Good day, sir! That is toffee melting out of the side of that cookie. Don't mind if I do! 





That was exhausting. I need a nap.

If you hate yourself and would like to make these cookies, please visit this link. Also, I highly suggest you follow her suggestion regarding sea salt. Adieu!

3 comments:

  1. Jesus, those sound delicious. I've followed Smitten Kitchen for a few weeks now, and have found myself making lots of mental notes to print out and keep a hard copy of some of the recipes found on there...

    Good luck with the party/contest.

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  2. Oh my Buster Posey!! I got NO CHANCE!! The hardest part of my cookies was waiting for the butter to soften.

    Good work there. Can't wait to try them!!

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  3. I think you would love Bakerella. She has a baking blog and it is awesome!!!!

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