Wednesday, June 15, 2011

chocolate chip cookies

Earlier this week, I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies. There was no particular reason, I just felt like baking eating some cookie dough [who am I trying to kid?]
We also had accumulated more than two packages of Smart Balance butter sticks because I kept forgetting we already had some.
As I was making the cookies, so many memories came to me.
Mostly, I thought about my mom and baking with her. I have so many great memories of baking with mom. I also remember how she stopped letting me lick the beater when I was in high school. It wasn't because I was too old, but because she thought I could get salmonella [apparently the word was out in the mid 90s]. I was offended by this...I mean it's the best part, right? Why else help out or hang around the kitchen?
I thought about how much I love it when someone bakes cookies for a meeting for no particular reason. There's no birthday to celebrate, but they show up with cookies or some kind of baked good to share. I wish I did that more often...I am going to work on this...especially once our kitchen renovation is complete.
Baking makes me realize the things I learned from Mom. Learn the premise of a recipe, but don't be afraid to improvise a bit. I use 1 1/8 cup whole wheat flour [half the amount of regular flour in the Toll House recipe] and decrease the amount of sugar by 1/4 cup when I make chocolate chip cookies.
I use two spoons when placing cookie dough on to the baking sheet. I didn't really think much of this being Mom's thing until I baked with a few friends in college...and in the years since. It's pretty convenient, scoop with one and scrape on to the baking sheet with the other.
I remember my mom telling me I would get a stomach ache if I ate too much cookie dough. It never happened...until this week. But it's my own dumb fault...should have listened to Mom!
Does baking bring back fun memories for you?


  1. That two spoon thing is a great idea!
    Sorry you got a tummy ache. I never remember being afraid of the cookie dough until the mid 90's either. They must have put out a big scare about that time. Whatever, I still eat it!

  2. I looooove cookie dough! And baking with mom does bring back lovely memories :)

  3. love, love, love this many good memories and lessons learned with your mom (though i too still love tasting the dough!).


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