FIRST OFF, to get this out of the way…I am no good with DSLR cameras. I want to invest in one so I can take better pictures of…everything, I suppose! So for now, I’ll have to stick to using Sam’s. But anyway, I can’t tell when pictures are blurry until they’re actually uploaded onto my computer in a larger size, and I am no good at getting good angles and lighting. So when it comes to foodotogaphy (is that it?), I have a lot to learn! Secondly, I don’t know how to use photoshop (yet!!), so for now, I’m using iPhoto and playing with the settings. But at least I’m trying, right?! I’m learning, I am learninggggggggg.
Now that that’s over with, COOKIES! Apparently, they’re “copycat DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies,” but I’ve never been to Double Tree and I’ve never had their cookies, so I can’t really tell you whether or not this tastes like the real thing (note: Casey Young just ate one and he said it’s close to the real deal. Trust him! I guess heehee). What I can tell you is that this is probably one of the best cookies I’ve ever had. Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and chocolate chips in every bite (no nuts, please!). It has an interesting texture on the outside because it uses ground up oats. I’ve never done it before, but I like it! The recipe also adds two other ingredients that you typically don’t find in chocolate chip cookie recipes–lemon juice and cinnamon. Apparently the lemon juice offsets the sweetness in the cookie. Sam tasted the cinnamon in the first bite, but I think she’s biased because she’s not a fan of cinnamon. Boo. So I guess the final verdict is, a) if you’ve been to DoubleTree Hotel, try this recipe so you can tell me whether or not it’s like the real thing, or b) if you haven’t been to DoubleTree Hotel, just try this recipe because it’s a keeper. IN CONCLUSION (my teachers always said to never end my essays with that. harhar), try this recipe. Thanks ;)
Chocolate Chip Cookies
(aka “Copycat DoubleTree Cookies”)
Makes about 25 large cookies
From Iowa Girl Eats
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
10 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used 12 because I omitted the nuts)
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Place the oats in a food processor, and grind until fine.
Mix in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. I mixed it in the food processor because I was too lazy to get another bowl out.
Beat together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until combined. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well between each addition.
Mix in the chocolate chips..and lots of it!
Drop the cookies onto rounded tablespoons onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. If you want, you can refrigerate the dough for a couple hours for thicker cookies (I was in a rush so I didn’t get the chance to do so).
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Cool on a cooling rack, and enjoy!
For a special treat…
One cookie down,
Plus a scoop of ice cream,
Chocolate chip ice cream cookie sandwiches!
Or you can eat it on its own. Your choice!
Until next time,
Soli Deo Gloria, and happy reading, eating, and baking!