Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Baked

We’ve had snow. We’ve had rain. We’ve actually had SLUSH fall out of the sky. Windy … well, all I could think upon opening one eye one morning was ‘Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore!’ Ice everywhere. So much ice our friends won’t all drive down our driveway, and I find myself praying as I drive up the driveway, please make it, please make it, so that I don’t suffer the INDIGNITY of being watched as I don’t quite make it to the top of the hill!

Welcome to Maine! Seems to be the mantra here of fellow sufferers, or perhaps it’s a condolence from another who has not managed to escape.

As we stand outside, the Dear One keeps looking at me, mostly smiling, an occasional grimace as a blast of arctic wind finds a tiny speck of skin not covered, and asks, ‘You will be here when I get back, right?’  Ask me again when I’m not shivering in my boots … well, truthfully, the answer will be the same, yes, I’ll be here when you get back, and if I can manage the driveway, I’ll even pick you up at the airport.

(As an aside … I have spent two weeks either in slippers or my Bean boots. I have had a line from a movie constantly floating around in my head. Remember the Goldie Hawn movie Private Benjamin? The scene where she’s marching around in a circle out in the pouring rain wailing  “I WANNA WEAR MY SANDALS! I WANNA GO OUT TO LUNCH!” All I keep thinking is … I want to wear shoes! I want to wear a cute pair of heels!)

But when it’s too frigid to go outside. Well, too frigid for me to go outside, I get bored. We’ve watched all of Sherlock, The Tudors, House of Cards, Jon Stewart, every decent movie on Hulu, Netflix and Crackle. Bookshelves have been built. Every single bit of laundry done. It’s 9:00 am … NOW WHAT!?

When cabin fever sets in I only have a few things on my mind … cooking and eating (oh, what did you think I was going to say!!). If I cook or bake, I don’t want to eat. So better to cook than graze. But what to make?

Baking is more time consuming than cooking. You have to pay attention to every ingredient and it takes time. Cookies are always good. The Dear One LOVES chocolate chip cookies, and he did build a bookshelf in the kitchen for all most of my cookbooks. SO chocolate chip cookies it is! This recipe has been calling to me for quite some time, what better time to try it!?

  • 6 T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 C packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t coarse salt
  • 1 C semisweet chocolate chips

NOTE: Room temperature is really subjective. Room temperature, in Maine, is not the same as it was in NYC. A little zap in the microwave did the trick.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Creaming

In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars with a wooden spoon.

NOTE: The allure of this recipe, besides one ginormous chocolate chip cookie, was not using baking sheets AND the Kitchen Aid AND making a huge pile of bowls and pans, etc., BUT, that being said, creaming sugar and butter together by hand is for the birds!

Stir in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.

Adding chips

Stir in chips.

Transfer to a 10-inch cast-iron skillet; smooth top.

Ready to Bake

NOTE: A glob. A glob, I tell you. It’s the same as cookie dough that you would scoop for individual cookies. Getting it into all ends of the pan is tough. And smoothing it? HA! I tried flouring my fingers, no. I wet my fingers with cold water and that let me push the dough around to get the job done. But ICK!

Bake until cookie is golden brown and just set in the center, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes.

I cut this into wedges to serve.

Homemade Oreos

Done

OH OH OH, who’s that kid with the Oreo cookie …

It was the great cookie bake-off. You take 2 stir crazy women and a lovely teenage girl, and a yen to make a speculoos cookie that was to be windmill shaped (HA!) and you end up with four different cookies made in a matter of hours. We started with the speculoos cookies, that morphed into lime snowballs also, and when the teenager awoke from her slumber she wanted to play too, and along came chocolate chip strip cookies and OREOS! This is the problem when there’s a lot of snow and driving is slow going. Boredom sets in and cooking and EATING are in order!

These are definitely the oreo-iest oreos ever! The cookie could have been crisper, but we made larger cookies and they should have baked a bit longer, but these still had all the flavor and choocolatey-ness that a store bought Oreo has!

For the chocolate wafers:

  • 1¼ C all-purpose flour
  • ½ C unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
  • 1 t baking soda
  • ¼ t baking powder
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 to 1½ C sugar
  • ½ C plus 2 T (1¼ sticks) room-temperature, unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg

NOTE: I prefer the cookie less sweet and reduced the sugar the ONE cup of sugar. If you like it sweeter go for the 1 1/2 cups.

For the filling:

  • ¼ C (½ stick) room-temperature, unsalted butter
  • ¼ C vegetable shortening
  • 2 C sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 t vanilla extract

Set two racks in the middle of the oven. Preheat to 375 degrees.

In a food processor, or bowl of an electric mixer, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar. While pulsing, or on low speed, add the butter, and then the egg. Continue processing or mixing until dough comes together in a mass.

Ready to Bake

Take rounded teaspoons of batter and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately 2 inches apart.

NOTE: These turned into GIANT Oreo cookies. Miss A decided bigger was definitely better. If you make them larger than teaspoon size, bake them longer. This should be a crisp cookie!

With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough.

Baked

Bake for 9 minutes, rotating once for even baking. Set baking sheets on a rack to cool.

To make the cream, place butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, and at low speed, gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2-3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy.

Stuffing

To assemble the cookies, in a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch, round tip, pipe teaspoon-size blobs of cream into the center of one cookie. Place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Continue this process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with cream.

NOTE: We used a tiny cookie scoop. Pastry bag? Hahahahaha!

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cherry Cookies

Done

I love baking. I love baking and having the house smell of freshly baked cookies. The problem is … well, the cookies themselves. There are so many. And, if they’re good, and I baked them so how could they be anything but good, then I eat WAY too many of them. And when I eat too many of them I get fat. When I get fat, my clothes don’t fit and I have to go shopping to buy new, larger clothes. That causes me to be depressed and what helps any girl’s depression? Cookies, and chocolate cookies. And then the circle begins again. I’m making these for folks who are thin. You know, those horrible NATURALLY thin people. And thin as they are, they doesn’t need too many cookies either. Though, truth be known, these are those ANNOYING people who can eat a cookie or two and walk away, a scoop of icecream and be satisfied, a handful of Cheez-Its and walk away (Like, REALLY, who eats a handful of Cheez-Its and walks away).

I think it far simpler to find a recipe on Christina’s lovely site Dessert for Two (remember the Mini New York Cheesecakes?)and bake just enough to satisfy the cookie and chocolate craving. I saw this recipe and knew I had to try it, though I did make a few changes, like using dried cherries instead of coconut and vanilla extract instead of almond extract.

Deep, dark, chocolatey flavor. The espresso just shoots them over the moon. May add a little less espresso powder the next time and perhaps a smidge of cinnamon. Love the cherries with the chocolate. The coconut oil gives a little background flavor that you can’t quite put a finger on. But WOW and yes, they’ll be baked again! Thanks, Christina, for another winner!

Go to her site. If you want to bake just a small batch, she has hundreds of recipes.

  • 1/3 C solid coconut oil
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/8 t vanilla
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t instant espresso powder (optional)
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 1/2 C dark chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 C dried cherries

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper.

Ingredients 1

In a medium bowl, beat together with an electric mixer the coconut oil, butter, and sugar. Beat for 2 full minutes, until light and fluffy.

Next, add the egg and continue beating. Add the vanilla extract, salt, and espresso powder.

Adding dry

Finally, sprinkle on top the cocoa powder and flour. Beat until dough comes together.

Adding chips and cherries

Fold in the dark chocolate morsels and cherries by hand.

Ready to Bake

Divide the dough into 6 large balls and slightly flatten them with your hand.

Bake for 14 minutes, rotating the sheet half-way through.

Let cool for 1 minute on the sheet before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

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