1) I don’t like failing at things.
2) Baking is something I enjoy doing and that (usually) comes naturally to me.
3) Chocolate chip cookies are over-rated in my book.
4) Chocolate chip cookies will be the death of me. (Ok, a slight overstatement on my part but run with the hyperbole.)
In the last week I have somehow gotten a (proverbial) bug in my ass about baking the perfect chocolate chip cookie. One that is moist and chewy and full of delicious chips. One that makes people’s eyes light up with delight. One that I can give away to my loved ones and not cringe with worry that they are subpar. . .that they could be used as hockey pucks or weapons and definitely can’t be “enjoyed” without a big glass of milk.
Things are not good in the Sizzle kitchen. It is common knowledge that I can bake really yummy muffins, pancakes and chocolate cakes, banana bread, and other types of cookies all from scratch so why in the hell are chocolate chips so difficult? Chocolate chips are to the cookie world what spaghetti is to the pasta world. Simply easy.
And yet I fail miserably.
I tried different recipes than the usual Toll House one because that one fails me every time. I tried a recipe for ginormous cookies and must have over blended because they ended up rather dry while all the reviews of the recipe swore up and down they were super fabulous moist cookies. Then I tried the Ghirardelli recipe. This one was better but not fantastic. Chewier but thin. Dunking was not required to make them edible. Still, not up to snuff. What is wrong with me? I can’t bake these damn cookies! And of course, wouldn’t you know it, they are the Fella’s favorite.
I can’t be alone in my baking failure. Please share with me your baking debacles so I won’t feel so lame.