there's a cool breeze today. the back door is open, and the kids are out on the deck, playing, laughing, waiting.
after school, we mixed, worked, big hands, little hands. working together.
the smell of chocolate, sugar, vanilla floats by me. i breathe in, savor this moment.
(sound of record scratching)...WAKE UP, KRISTI!
ok, i can smell cookies baking, but i hear fighting outside, harsh words, fake crying. inside, i see a messy kitchen, feel the weight of the cookie dough i've already consumed making my stomach a slight bit queasy...and there was no teamwork involved in the cookie making. only "me first! can i have some? move out of my WAY. i'm tired. are they ready yet?"
but i can dream, right? :)
and these cookies are dreamy. you probably already have the recipe, but just in case you need them today, use them in place of calgon, and let them take you away...
the ultimate chocolate chip cookie (from the ghirardelli website)
1 bag 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips
2 1/4 cup unsifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside. In large mixer bowl, cream butter with sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 375 for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.