Cookie Monster

As you know, I am staying at my co-worker’s house this weekend with her son while she and her husband are in San Antonio cheering on the VCU Rams!  They won last night in overtime!!!  It was a hard-fought game, and I actually stayed up super late to enjoy it!  Woot woot!  Even though I’ve never really followed basketball, I really like it!  I think I’m just a sports fan in general. Smile

I also attempted to bake some cookies last night, but there’s something about being in someone else’s kitchen with ingredients and equipment I’m not familiar with that throws me off.  Needless to say, I was less than thrilled with the results.  Good thing there are teenage boys around who will eat them . . . I hope!

Onto a more successful baking endeavor . . .

Last week, I mentioned I was working on a little project.

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It involved giant cookies!  My friends, adam and Steph, have a 2 month old little boy, and steph went back to work this week.  To help with the transition, I made them dinner and treats!  Who doesn’t like dinner and treats?!?

This recipe only makes 6 cookies, and it’s a good thing!  These cookies are beyond delicious!  They are the size of my face and have a slightly crispy crust on the outside with a gooey, chewy center.  Cookie heaven in my book!

They bake up big and fluffy, so it’s almost like you’re having a little cookie cake with a melty center—think chocolate lava cake in cookie form, if you will.  {Cue angels singing}

Let’s get to it then, shall we?

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

½ cup butter flavored shortening (I know, I know. It’s terrible for you.  BUT it makes the best cookies!)

¾ cup brown sugar

1 T. vanilla

2 T. milk

1 room temperature egg

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

¾ tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 cup chocolate chips

½ cup walnuts (optional, but I wouldn’t skip ‘em!)

Preheat your oven to 375*

Cream together the shortening, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla.  Beat in the egg until it is fully incorporated.

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Add in dry ingredients and slowly beat in, starting on low speed and increasing speed to medium low until everything is incorporated.

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Add in the chocolate chips and walnuts (if using).

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For the love of God, why must cookie dough be so delicious???  I could leave them in this form and be perfectly happy, but that’s not very conducive to sharing, now is it? Winking smile

Using a tablespoon to scoop, form 6 large cookies about the size of your fist! Open-mouthed smile

Place them onto a cookie sheet lined with a silpat or coated in non-stick spray.

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Into the oven they go for 15-18 minutes.  The center will be doughy.  If you want them more cooked through, leave them in for about 20 minutes.

In the meantime, do with this what you will . . .

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Well looky here . . .

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If loving these is wrong, I don’t want to be right!

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I had to sample them, naturally, to make sure they were alright to serve to the new parents!

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Sure enough, they passed the test! Winking smile

The one above was suuuuuuuuuper gooey because I have no patience and had to have it RIGHT NOW!!!

But if you have some degree of self-control, yours might look like this after cooling a bit and allowing the center to set up.

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Equally delish!

You should make these for your friends, too.  I’m convinced my baking is the main reason people like me.  I bake a mean cookie!  Okay, okay, they probably like me for other reasons, too, but cookies like these have got to be up there on the list! Smile

Do you like to bake?  What’s your signature baked good?

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