Sunday, November 29, 2009
I, am a keeper of my word!
Since The TreeHouse Chronicles are on sabbatical, I'm gonna put on my food blogger hat and show you the ever amazing,
Chocolate Star Cookie,
...courtesy of the "Original Mama"..ahem...that'd be my mama, who has these down to a perfect science...*begin chant* "we're not worthy! We're not worthy!!"
First, cream together the sugars, oil and butter...this is where I long for a KitchenAid Mixer...and begin cursing this home, which is seriously lacking natural light.
Next, add in the eggs,
And "seasonings" (um...can you call it "seasonings"...when you're baking? Is it flavorings? Or, neither...perhaps, just "additional stuff" will do...) and look up the number for the realtor to begin your search for a home with natural light...or, just grab a hatchet, climb on the roof, and chop away...creating a nice, natural "sky light" for yourself.
Then, if you are like me...take a call from your freshly post-partum friend, who is now a mother of twins and needing some breastfeeding advice...come back when the phone call is finished to find a strangely bubbly concoction of "additional stuff" goin' on in the bowl.
Shrug your shoulders, grab your pitiful hand mixer and mix away...hoping for the best, praying that all that "stuff" didn't do some funky chemical reaction while it sat (for the record, I'd actually not recommend the phone call step...unless, of course, you have a friend in need...).
When all that "stuff" is mixed good and well...toss in the flour, and mix away again...continue to pine for that KitchenAid Mixer...perhaps adding a tear or two the batter as you man handle your stupid little hand mixer (when will that God forsaken thing just give out and give me an excuse to "need" a KitchenAid Mixer?!!!!)...and this is where I resort to "flash photography"...stupid, stinkin', lacking natural light house...
Now is the fun part...
If you do not own a small cookie scoop, rush out to your nearest retail store and fetch yourself one...you'll thank me later.
Using your newly procured cookie scoop, drop the batter (which is light and fluffy) onto the cookie sheet.
Throw the sheet into the preheated oven (or, place it gently...it'll give you less mess that way...), and wait for perfection...
When the perfection is perfectly perfect...(very, barely, slightly golden brown on the bottomest edge...bottomest, that's not a word, is it?), place a Chocolate Star atop the hot cookies...
What is a Chocolate Star? It is NOT a chocolate kiss!!
Do not make that horrible mistake.
A Chocolate Star is a perfect little piece of chocolate that absolutely makes this cookie.
No piddly kiss'll do.
It MUST be a star, or I take no responsibility for your cookies.
Then...then? Ooop...whoop...uh oh...oh NO! Drop a coupla cookies onto a coupla others, and...gosh, darn it...now you have to eat the "mistakes"!
You'll thank me later.
Chocolate Star Cookies:
1 c. sugar
1 c. powder sugar
1 c. butter (softened)
1 c. Mazola oil
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp salt
4 1/4 c. flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together sugars, butter and oil. Add eggs, soda, vanilla, cream of tartar and salt. Mix well. Add flour, mix well. Drop on cookie sheet, bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, cookies should not be brown...they will almost look not done. Place a star atop each cookie immediately out of oven, allow to cool a bit on cookie sheet, then transfer to cooling rack.