Thursday, October 14, 2010

Soap Diversion: Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies


I am a cookie fiend-particularly a chocolate chip cookie fiend. I'm the type of gal who believes in a good, sinful cookie, meaning I don't want applesauce substituted for oil, and whole wheat flour in lieu of the regular variety. Cookies are supposed to be bad, and I've rarely met a chocolate chip cookie I didn't like.  I'm always on the prowl for easy and tasty recipes. I found one that sounded really good (from allrecipes.com), but I'm not a fan of cranberries, so I substituted those with dried cherries. Dried cherries are the bomb! They are soft and chewy, and don't get all hard and icky like raisins tend to be. Anyway, let's get to the recipe, shall we?


Ingredients:
2 cups of all purpose white flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup of unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup dried cherries

Instructions:

   1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
   2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
   3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended.       Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips & cherries by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
   4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Okay, if you're not a baker like myself, here is my #1 tip to remember:
  1. Don't just dump the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Truly sift them to break up any clumps. I used my good ole metal colander to do this. My first time making these, my cookies were a disaster-but an edible, nonetheless. I found that by sifting the dry ingredients, the dough made for a puffier, more filling cookie. 
Now, all you health nuts, go ahead and make your substitutions. I'll still love you for ruining a perfectly good recipe:D

7 comments:

Holly said...

Yum! I don't know if it would work the same but I always whisk my dry ingredients like Martha says to do :p I'm intrigued that it has one egg and one yolk instead of just 2 eggs.

Patrice-The Soap Seduction said...

Holly,

I haven't a clue when it comes to baking! I just follow instructions, lol...The 1 1/2 egg thing seems to work though. Martha is too intimidating for me. She pronounces every syllable in every word she utters...She doesn't say budder like most of us do. She says but-ter in her stern, "I'm-Martha-Stewart" voice, and that's so creepy to me for some reason.

CCGroovy!!! said...

WHAZZUP, Mama!!!

I think I love You!!! 'Cause this is a recipe for Actual COOKIES!!!

GO 'HEAD witcha Bad Self!!!

Janiss said...

When I saw "Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies," I thought to myself, "This would be a yummy soap idea, but PLEASE make it an actual cookie recipe!" And you did! I will definitely have to try this out.

Duni said...

I love cookies, especially with chocolate chips in them. These look scrumptious!Yum!

Anne-Marie said...

Oow, dried cherries in chocolate chip cookies sound like a fun twist! Yum. Fall is the best time to get in the baking spirit!

Sherrilenett said...

Oh man these sound so good, hmm where to get dried cherries. Maybe I could do cranberries they have them at WalMart!=]]