Fall-time is in full-tilt and that means ONE thing here in the Bene B&B - Coooookies! A very looooong time ago, in a distant land...long before culinary school, I made these cookies for my Fire Chief (and Fire Instructor) as a 17 year old academy cadet. Was it a crooked way to get in good with my superiors? Absolutely! Did it lead to an extra pay check of $8.00/week for cookie ingredients? Certainly did! And the pic I'm sharing here is the very one I sent to my ex-chief C. Altman as a teaser. An ancient TIP from Chief: Hide cookies in a sealed bag inside an empty oatmeal container...can be a great deterrent but it works only if the household cookie thief is completely unaware!
So here's the key to COOKIE NIRVANA!
Ingredients: • 2 sticks butter (1cup) softened - not melted • 1cup light brown sugar • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar • 2 large eggs • 1 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract • 1 packet instant maple/brown sugar oatmeal • 1 cup AP flour • 1 cup cake flour (2 cups of flour total) • 1 tsp kosher salt • 1/2 tsp baking soda • 1/2 tsp baking powder • 2 cups (or your preference) chocolate chunks/chips or mix-ins of your choice. • I use this basic cookie dough for several types if cookies. You can subtract the oatmeal and use cornflakes, subtitute almond extract for the vanilla, and top with a maraschino cherry - and now you have Christmas Cherry Crinkles! Also - use the flour you have on hand. Using half AP Flour and half Cake Flour simply raises the protein content to yield a chewy, cakier cookie.
Method: • Cream the butter & sugar • Add one egg at a time and combine • Add in vanilla extract, mix to combine • Add oatmeal packet and mix to combine well • Sift flour w/salt, baking powder/baking soda • Add dry ingredient mixture to batter • Stir in mix-ins of choice ***Batter should be smooth but slightly sticky • Drop rounded spoonfuls onto sheet tray lined with parchment paper (NOT wax paper) or a Silpat • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375° for 9-12 minutes, edges and tops will brown only a bit. Once you can smell the cookies from the oven, they're close to ready.
EAT, DEVOUR, SHARE, ENJOY! Later, LoveBugs!