For my bridal shower, my friend Brittany got me a cookie cookbook. Not just any cookie cookbook, but Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-In-Your-Mouth Cookies by Alice Medrich.
For my wedding, my friend Gail got me a cookie scoop.
Other baking related gifts included: some heavy duty cookie sheets, some normal cookie sheets, stainless steel mixing bowls and a handheld mixer.
If I didn't know any better, I would think my friends were trying to drop some hints. So – since I love them and they were all coming over to my house this Friday, I decided to surprise them with some cookies.
The best part of thing whole process was getting to read the cookbook before bed every night. There are so many awesome recipes in Alice's cookbook – it was nearly impossible to pick just one.
I used to bake a lot but haven't in a while – mainly due to lack of time and means. I wanted to make something yummy that would be a fan favorite, but didn't want to get overwhelmed with the baking process.
I took Alice's "My Chocolate Chip Cookie" recipe and decided to sub in Heath bars for chocolate chips – to add a little crunch and flavor.
First thing I did was head to CVS and buy a ridiculous amount of Heath bars – which startled the guy who rang me up. Other than that, I had almost everything in my pantry:
· 2 ¼ cups of flour
· 1 teaspoon baking soda
· 2 sticks butter – melted but still warm
· ¾ cup brown sugar
· ¾ cup granulated sugar
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 2 large eggs
· 7 Heath bars – chopped up into pieces
The first thing you can do is mix together your flour and baking soda in a bowl, and set aside.
Then combine your butter with the sugar, vanilla and salt. Once it's all mixed together, add in the eggs. Slowly add in your flour mixture until all your dry ingredients are moistened (her word, not mine). I used our Kitchenaid mixer, which made this whole process a breeze.
Next, add in your Heath bar pieces. I did this with a spatula, folding them into my dough since I didn't want them to get crushed up more.
At this point – the best thing you can do is let your dough sit for two hours (or even overnight if you're someone with the patience of a zen monk) in the fridge. I managed to sit through one and a half episodes of MasterChef before grabbing my dough out of the fridge and lining my cookie sheets.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line your cookie sheets with tin foil (with the dull side of the foil facing up).
Use a cookie scoop (thanks Gail!) or a pair of spoons and scoop out your dough. I recommend making them pretty teensy scoops. My first batch of cookies were gigantic and a few of them stuck together – which isn't really an issue if they are your own personal cookies, but if they're social cookies you want them to look nice!
Bake the cookies for 9 – 11 minutes, but be sure to rotate your cookies (flipping them and switching their position in your oven) half way through.
Once you take your cookies out of the oven, be sure to let them cool off before serving.
Voila! It's seriously so easy – so make some cookies for your next girls night or weekend trip and enjoy!