So I pulled out the Ghirardelli chips. 80% cacao. Mmmmmmmm.
I first compared the G recipe to the Nestle version (my personal favorite), and found that there are very slight differences. I proceeded to use the G recipe, measuring the flour and baking powder - no, soda - into the small mixing bowl. Check. Find salt. Added salt. Done.
Sugars - 3/4 cup of each. I pulled out the white sugar, measured, and dumped....
...into the small bowl of dry ingredients. Problem! For those of you who don't know this cookie recipe by heart: it says to put the flour, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl and sift together, and then to cream the sugars in butter in a separate, larger bowl. Once those are mixed, you add the eggs, vanilla, and very last, the flour mixture.
A mini panic session ensued for this type-A wifey. What do I do? I haven't ever screwed up the chocolate chip cookie recipe, and I've been doing this since I was 10. I can't unmix these, since I'm no chemist. I don't have a sifter. I think I'm gonna cry.
But I have a solution.
The flour/salt/powder/sugar mixture went straight into the big bowl. Added vanilla, eggs, shortening and water (in place of butter). Turned on the mixer. Poof! Dough.
Things were going well. I scraped down the sides of the bowl. And then all of a sudden, the evil dough climbed all the way up the beaters and almost reached the top of the mixer! Darn.
I ended up having to mix the rest of the dough by hand, but that's alright. It's good exercise.
I added the chocolate chips (the ENTIRE bag, thank you) and a handful of walnuts. It doesn't look half bad!
In fact, they look pretty normal. What were the recipe writers thinking? This is actually easier in some ways.
So I figured I would go ahead and bake them. No problems, just a slight cookie casualty as I was putting it on the cooling rack. That's a taste test cookie. :o) Alright! It tastes alright!
So I took a stack of these over to my hubby, who was waiting in great anticipation of these fail-cookies (which were rather successful, I think). I set the cookies down for him, and reached up to touch my hair.
It was then that I realized that I have melted chocolate on my fingers. And in my hair. Seriously?
But the cookies are delicious. Am I overtired? Has it been a draining week? Perhaps, yes.
Definitely yes. But I'm still laughing!