Archive for November 5th, 2008


These babies are best with the milk and dark chocolate chunks as below, but as we all know, pure chocolate chips will suffice in a pinch! It does seem like a lot of chocolate, but it’s well worth it. The beauty of these cookies is that they are thick, and riddled with chocolate all the way through, so every bite has some chocolate!

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup tightly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups plus 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into chunks
  • 8 oz milk chocolate, chopped into chunks
  1. Prehaeat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Line two heavy baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or by hand), cream the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  5. Beat in the vanilla.
  6. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together into a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture, mixing until just combined.
  7. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
  8. Using your hands, shape knobs of dough about the size of a large walnut into balls and place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheets (I prefer to use a 1/2 oz dual handle ice cream scooper which is about a size 60). Stagger the rows of cookies to ensure even baking.
  9. Bake 12 to 15 minutes for smaller cookies, 14 to 17 minutes for larger cookies, or until the tops are light golden brown. If the cookies are neither firm nor dark when they are removed from the oven, they will cool chewy and soft. Cool the cookies on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Can be stored in air-tight container for 1 week or freeze in a zip lock bag and defrost as required!

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Thankfully, we survived with much celebration, laughter and camaraderie with our very best friends, the Dorans! JT and Paul played golf twice (the weather was amazing 20+ everyday!!!) and T and I shopped and shopped and shopped!

On Saturday, the boys piled into a van and drove to Soldiers Field in Chicago to watch a Bears game. By piling into a van, I’m talkin’ 7:30am…they arrived downtown around 9am and begin the festivities. By festivities, I’m talkin’ Tailgating! The girls took the train downtown and joined the tailgating party around 10:30. We were ceremoniously greeted with Manhatten’s (1 part southern comfort, 1/2 part dry vermouth and 1/2 part sweet vermouth, topped with an olive) they are rather a unique taste and should be consumed in moderation, otherwise may result in the biggest, foggiest head you’ve ever experienced! We had one (believe it or not, but I wanted to be sober for shopping!).

Tailgating consists of a carefully choreographed grilling, eating and drinking experience. Then, about 30 minutes before the game, you blink, and the entire festivities are cleaned up and put into the trunk (to be reintroduced after the game, of course!) It was extremely civilized and the food was good. Fortunately the weather was spectacular; I could not have seen me enjoying it as much if it were cold and rainy!

JT and I contributed Bargain Basement Barb’s chocolate chip cookies and they were a hit. I will post the recipe tonight, with photos, of course (I may have held back 4 for this purpose!).

I had great shopping, a new coat, jeans, a cute little jacket, a sexy dress, shoes and a few great kitchen gadgets! Of course, we brought home two 1.75L goose-co’s and 6 bottles of our favorite wine.

We arrived home at 6:30pm last night…a 9+ hour drive. We are hoping to do it again soon!

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