Saturday, May 28, 2011


I just got Alice Medrich new CookbookCHEWY GOOEY CHRISPY CRUNCHY.  It is so unbelievable I mean way over the top for cookie recipe.

You all really need to pick that one up.  But anyway,  I've been on a quest for the ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie.  I think I've found it... I really do.  So I've adapted this recipe from one of her's in the book.  She called this recipe "My Chocolate Chip Cookies".  pp 132-33.

Anyway, looking through it I ran into this recipe.  And all I needed was a reason to make this.  The reason I used was that I had a copy of the recipe... So after testing it eating them, giving some away.  And now to make some more, since they are all gone.  I'll do these tomorrow. 

  • 10.125   oz     AP Flour  

  • 1          tsp     Baking soda

  • .5         lbs     unsalted butter, melted and still warm

  • 5.25      oz     granulated sugar

  • 5.25      oz     packed brown sugar

  • 1           tsp    pure vanilla extract

  • 1           tsp    salt

  • 2           lg      eggs

  • 2           cups  chocolate chips

  • 1           cup   coarsely chopped walnuts

I replaced the vanilla extract with vanilla bean and I didn't use the walnuts

  1. Combine the flour and baking soda in a bowl and mix together thoroughly with a whisk or fork.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the MELTED BUTTER with the sugars, vanilla and salt.  Mix in the eggs.  Stir in the flour mixture just until all the dry ingredients are moistened.  Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.  IF POSSIBLE, LET THE DOUGH STAND FOR 1 OR 2 HOURS in the frig.  (wrap the dough in plastic wrap)  Or better still overnight.

  3. Preheat the oven to 375F.  Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.

  4. If necessary, remove the dough form the frig to soften.  Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough and place them 3 inches apart on the ungreased or lined cookie sheets.  Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown at the edges and no longer look wet on top.  Rotate the pans for even baking.  Remove from the oven and let the cookies firm up on the pan for 1 to 2 minutes.  For unlined pans, use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to racks to cool.  Cool completely before storing or stacking.  

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Always being a big fan of the Vanilla Wafer,  I have never found a good chocolate wafer.  But now I have one.. And it's way way over the top.  This thing is so good,  It makes your eyes tear up.  The only true way to enjoy these is with Brain Freeze COLD MILK or with Ice cream... However, these little guys can be eaten straight up also... But the Brain Freeze is so much better... 

    Alice Medrich wrote this recipe and it's from her book Cookies and Brownies, A Warner Books, Inc.  New York: 1999  Which I've adapted this recipe from.


  • 1 cup (130g)  AP Flour

  • 1/2 cup (50)  unsweetened DUTCH-Processed cocoa powder

  • 1/4 tsp           salt (kosher)

  • 1/4 tsp           baking soda

  • 3 TBS (45g)    unsalted butter, room temp.

  • 3 TBS (45g)    margarine (NOTE!!!) 

  • 2/3cup(140g) packed light brown sugar

  • 1/2cup(100g) granulated white sugar

  • 1 tsp               pure vanilla extract.  or 3 vanilla beans split and scrapped out I changed out the extract to vanilla bean.  Made big difference!

  • 1 large            egg

Note the addition of the margarine!!!!


  1. In a bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

  2. In your mixer bowl cream the butter and margarine until well blended.  Add the sugars (both the white and brown).  And the vanilla to the mix.  Beat on high speed for (1 minute).  Stop the mixer and scrap down the sides And beat in the eggs, one at a time. Then add the flour mixture. and beat until (JUST INCORPORATED)

  3. Take the dough out of the bowl, and onto parchment paper form the dough into a log.  About 1-11/2 in dia.  And warp the dough you just logged with parchment paper.   Try NOT to Flatten the log too much.  And place the log in the frig. for at least 1 hour, but better if longer.  Like overnight.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350F. and place your racks in the center of the oven.  Your only going to be able to do 1 half sheet pan at a time.   

  5. Using a very sharp knife cut the log into quarter inch slices and space them about one inch apart on your cookie sheets.  OH FORGOT USE SLIPATS OR PARCHMENT PAPER TO LINE YOUR SHEETS WITH. 

  6. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are puffy and tops have small crackles or ripples.  

  7. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool  on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes or so.  Then you can move those little guys over to a cooling rack. 

  8. You can store this little guys in an airtight bag or container for about 10days or so.

This will yield about 36 cookies.   

The local testers for this recipe have been at least 4 stars, all the way up to a 5 star.
So you know these little guys are good...