Saturday, April 30, 2011

Crazy Person CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. Strategically Placed.

I've been called a lot of things in my life.

But this one takes the cake.

You see......I have this little trick I do when I make chocolate chip cookies.

I didn't realize it was a secret.

I guess I never realized that no one has ever seen me do it before.

Until today.  When my teenage daughter walked in and caught me doing it.

You see, I have this problem.  Or lets say "theory".  That sounds better.  Theory.

I believe that chocolate chip cookies look  more appealing, more YUMMY, more decadent, when the chocolate chips are emerging from the top of the cookie.

You know, instead of buried into the cookie where you can't see the chocolate chip.

Personally, the first cookie I reach for, is the cookie that has all the chocolate chips gloriously peeking out at me. 

I mean tell the truth.

Which cookie would you reach for first?

This one?

Or.....This one?

So I have this little trick.

Once my cookie dough is placed on the cookie sheet, I strategically get to work.
I take my little jar of chocolate chips.

And start placing extra chips on top of the dough.  One by one.

No matter how many chocolate chips you mix in the cookie dough batter, for some reason, they always stay hidden under the dough after they are baked.

So I like to  pretty-them-up just a bit, and I carefully hover over the cookie sheet, and place one by one, about 5 extra chips, on top of each pile of cookie dough.

And that's when it happened........

That's when my daughter walked in, and saw me, hunched over, strategically placing chip, by chip by chip by chip, by chip, on top of each cookie. I felt like one of those incredibly talented crafters, who paint really small detailed images on a piece of rice.

I had no idea how long she had been standing and watching me.

"What are you doing"? she said, in her know-it-all....."I'm-almost-20-years-old"  voice.

I simply explained to her my "theory".

"You're a crazy person!", she snapped at me.

And off she went.  Obviously to go do some non-crazy things I'm sure.

Well, crazy I may be.  I'm sticking to my theory.

I will continue to place extra chocolate chips on top of my mounds of cookie dough before I bake them.

Which cookie dough mound do you think will turn out the prettiest cookie?

This one..................

OR THIS ONE..................?

I guess when these darlings come out of the oven, and my daughter reaches for one.  I will have to tell her............. "NO, YOU CAN'T EAT THAT!  A Crazy Person made them!"

My never fail cookie dough recipe:
1 c. butter
1. c. sugar
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. hot water
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. chocolate chips - plus extra of course to be strategically placed.

With a cookie scoop, scoop out onto greased cookie sheet.
Place your extra chips on each mound and bake at 350 for 10 minutes only.


  1. I know which one I would pick - DEFINITELY NOT the first. Never thought to add extra before baking! You, my dear, are an absolute GENIUS!!!!
    Know all about those 20 year old daughters. LOL
    Just give it time! Thanks for the crazy idea!!!!

  2. Sally - so nice to see you back again! Missed ya girl. I love your theory. I actually never thought about it before but you are so right! I guess you can add me to the crazy people list now. LOL

  3. Another simple but genius why-didn't-I-think-of-that idea! If that's crazy, then I wish to join you in your craziness. :-)

  4. Love this idea! Chocolate chip cookies are my Favorite cookies so I will be sure to try this!

  5. Can't wait for my other half to make another batch of cookies--I'll show her your trick and look like a hero..Thanks, Jim

  6. Just found your blog through Jam Hands - and I love it and am following you now! I will be making these cookies this weekend - may family loves Chocolate Chip Cookies and your recipe looks fabulous!

  7. Sally, I just found your blog thru Tasty Kitchen. I love your discriptions and sense of humor!
    I too, am a crazy person.. I scoop the dough, then roll it in a dish of chocolate chips. Granted, when eating the cookies, one's fingers get all chocolatey-- but YUM.. MORE chips! I heartily agree with your technique!
    Annie W.

  8. This recipe looks worth all the stirring you’ve mentioned. I'm so going to try this! Its great that you saved his recipes!

  9. I love baking cookies and cakes at home. But i mostly end up with wometimes a rare shape of cookies. But thanks to your blog now i got to know its because of the dough.