Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Best of 2013 Brings Happiness to 2014!

The best of 2013 from Marash Girl's kitchen was . . . . trumpets please . . . .
chocolate chip cookies made from the recipe on the back of the Kirkland (that's Costco's brand) all natural Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips package, and made with, of course, the contents of that package:  Kirkland all natural Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips which are made from cocoa beans grown in a socially & environmentally responsible manner (read more on the back of the package).

The chocolate chip cookie compliments came from a child as young as 2 years old to a man as old as 70 years old, from a man born of Armenian parents in Syria all the way over to a man born in California of Irish and German descent . . . all in agreement . . . the best chocolate chip cookies ever, hands down.  (Marash Girl really does not want to be the cause of marital discord, but she thinks this batch of cookies did it!)

Want the recipe?  It won't work without the chocolate chips from Costco, so don't blame Marash Girl if you don't follow the recipe exactly as it is written . . . no substitutions . . . and for goodness sake (the goodness of the cookie), use only all natural vanilla and remove the cookies from oven while they are still soft to the touch, or to put it in the negative, DO NOT USE ARTIFICIAL VANILLA and DO NOT OVERBAKE!

Here's the recipe from the back of the package . . .


3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, packed down in the cup when measuring
1 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract (also available at Costco for a pittance of the price in other stores)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour (Marash Girl uses King Arthur but this recipe also works with gluten free flour)
2 cups Kirkland Signature Chocolate Chips (Marash Girl prefers to use only        1 cup)

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine butter (at room temperature), sugar and brown sugar in a medium-sized bowl. Blend with mixer until smooth.  Add fresh eggs and pure vanilla extract.  Mix thoroughly with an electric mixer on medium speed.  Sift baking soda and salt with a little flour into the flour. Stir slightly to make sure baking soda is blended with flour.  Then slowly add this flour mixture to the bowl of sugar/eggs mixture until thoroughly blended.  Fold in Kirkland Signature Chocolate Chips (and nuts, if desired) with a spatula.  Drop by spoonfuls (Marash Girl uses a small ice cream scoop -- much easier) onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes or desired doneness.  

Cookies should be soft to the touch when removed from oven; (yes, you can touch them lightly and quickly with you finger without burning your finger . . .) Be careful not to OVERBAKE those cookies, for if you do, there'll be no compliments coming your way!  Recipe yields about 45 cookies.

Hint:  For easy clean up, use parchment paper to line your baking sheet -- also available at Costco -- though Marash Girl has never baked with parchment paper.

If  you follow the recipe exactly (no substitutions), if you don't overcook the cookies, and if you don't finish all the cookies yourself . . . if you promise Marash Girl that you will share these chocolate chip cookies, Marash Girl promises you that the compliments will never stop coming your way!

Happy 2014!

1 comment:

  1. the baking powder should be aluminum free.
    thanks, sis, for the weight gaining, cc scrumptious recipe. i will be sure to try it next year, in Jerusalem.