Monday, February 17, 2014

Procrastination Recipe: Thin, Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies

Saturday we had a snowstorm here in Beantown. I was supposed to drive to Connecticut to visit family but the weatherman was predicting 8 inches in the city and the prospect of driving home in the storm just made me anxious so I scrapped the trip and ended up going stir crazy in my apartment instead. After heading out for a walk in the storm and picking up some locally made soups I threw on some sweats, turned on the Olympics and had a craving to bake. It's been a few weeks since I baked because one day I looked down while getting dressed and noticed a spare tire had hitched itself to my mid section. Obviously I've been doing too much baking so I took a break for a while. These cookies, below, I brought with me to visit my father yesterday. They were a hit with all the ski instructors up at Crotched Mountain, and clearly I should have brought more as they disappeared fast. Also of note, every person my father introduced me to started with, "Oh, are you the author?" I felt like a minor celebrity.

As usual, my measurements are not exact. I didn't even pull out a teaspoon, only a half cup measurement, so this is not an exact science. It's, as always, an adventure in baking. I had limited ingredients and worked with what I had available.

2 eggs
1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
pinch of salt
pinch of baking soda
pinch of baking powder
quick pour of vanilla
1/2 cup oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
sprinkle of cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar

Cream butter, sugars, vanilla and then add eggs one at a time. Combine dry ingredients. Gradually mix dry into the wet. This is a light, thin batter compared to other cookies. It's mostly sugar/butter so when it bakes it thins out into a crisp cookie. Because of that, you need to keep your eye on them while baking. They can burn easily. I had to toss my first tray out because they were too crisp.

Bake at 350 degrees for roughly 7 minutes, but keep your eye on them. Let them cool on cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes before attempting to remove them. Cool on a flat surface. They will fall through a wire rack. They harden/crisp up quickly.

 And since you were wondering, the mountain was fantastic. It was a little windy, but the snow was really great. Soft, fluffy, perfect powder (well, what the Northeast considers powder). If you live in the Boston area, Crotched Mountain is only an hour and a half drive from the city. It's a great mountain, the pub has delicious food and lots of beer on tap, and there's a ton of rails and kickers if you're into terrain parks. Also, for the late night folk, Friday nights they have Midnight Madness where the mountain is open til 3am and they have a bonfire. The instructors are super friendly and whether you want to try skiing/snowboarding for the first time or are just looking to improve upon your confidence, they have great lessons. So go check Crotched out and say hi to my father if you see him. He'll be the guy bragging about his daughter the author.

Happy eating/reading/riding!

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