Crazy for Cookies…..

I love cookies. I love cake and brownies too, but I LOVE cookies……a good cookie. I have my favorites, but it depends on my mood. There is a cookie that I make only at Christmas that my daughter calls THE COOKIE. She LOVES them…her friends love them…..I love them. I guess that would be my favorite cookie. It is full of oats, chocolate chips, sour dried cherries, toffee bits…butter. M-m-m-m-m-m. I may have to make an after Christmas batch…just so you all can see a picture of them. See what I do for you all? Ok, Ok, I got off track. My other favorite cookie is a cookie that is called a Momofuku Compost Cookie. It makes me cry it is so good. Well, ok…it doesn’t really make me cry, but biting into one of these is an emotional experience! Hey, I take my cookies very seriously…..can you tell? This amazing cookie has everything in it. It is loaded with chocolate, pretzels, potato chips, marshmallows and oats. The oats make these cookies healthy, right? It is a chewy, gooey, sticky, crunchy mess. I have also made these with m&ms, coconut, cornflakes…just about everything! It is seriously a comfort kinda cookie. It will make you want to snuggle up with a blanket, a glass of milk and a good book.
I highly recommend that you make them immediately….like right NOW. Go on….get out the mixing bowl…don’t just sit there…you’ve read enough. I’m done.

momofucookies

 There are lots and lots of recipes for this kind of cookie. But this is my version.
• 1 stick COLD butter, chopped up
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
• 1/2 tablespoon corn syrup
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 large egg
• 1 heaping cup flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoons salt
• ½ cup chocolate chips or m&ms
• 3/4 cup salty stuff (potato chips, pretzels)
• ¼ cup oats (I toast mine, you don’t have to)
In a mixer with a paddle, cream cold butter, both sugars and corn syrup on medium high until fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
Add egg and vanilla and stir to incorporate. Increase mixing speed to medium-high and run mixer for 10 full minutes. The sugar granules will dissolve, mixture will become pale white and double in size. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
By hand stir in flour mixture – don’t beat it. Stir in sweet and salty things. Using an ice cream scooper (¼ cup) scoop up dough and form rounds. Put shaped rounds on plate, cover with plastic wrap and chill for a few hours, at least 2. Otherwise, the dough is too soft.
Heat oven to 360. Put chilled cookie balls on parchment lined cookie sheet Bake 9-11 min (I baked mine for 11. While in oven, cookies will puff, crackle and spread. All ovens are different. Cool cookies completely on sheet pan.

ENJOY!

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