Chocolate Chip Cookie Success

Just a quicky…aren’t they all!

I love chocolate chip cookies.  I’ve tried several, made up a few and they work, but I really think I’ve found success!

See my problem is this, they always spread out and look like hockey pucks by the time they’re done.  Sure they taste good, but my dad with the devil ears and tail sits on my shoulder everytime I look at them and says “presentation presentation presentation.  People feast with their eyes first”  So I invariably hide said hockey pucks in a dark closet or throw them away.

Anyway, DH is headed out for the week and has hinted at least three times in the past 48 hours that he would like some chocolate chip cookies.  So I got to work on them.  He likes peanut butter and oatmeal as well, so this is what I did….

In exact order…

Pull the eggs (2) and butter (1 stick) out of the fridge and set it on the counter.  This (I think) is really the key to a successful bake is room temp butter and eggs.

After a few hours preheat your oven to 350.

Pull out the pans…I “pam”ed mine or you can silpat or parchment them whatever.  I have one Pampered chef cookie bar pan and then the normal silver cookie pans.  This will matter in a minute really…it’s not just a brag for my PC pan 🙂

Lets see now what do I do…

I put together the following…

1c white flour

1c whole wheat flour

2t baking soda

1/2t salt.

Then I whisk them together and set aside.

Now I pull out the handy dandy kitchen aid and dump the following in

that butter thats been sitting on the counter

1c peanut butter (I used Adams Natural Creamy PB)

1/2 c Crisco

1c sugar

2/3c brown sugar

1T vanilla

I cream these for 3 minutes on medium.

Now keep the mixer running…

add one egg and beat 1 minute then add the other egg and beat 1 minute

turn the mixer down to low (unless you want a flour cloud) and slowly add the flour.  Beat just until mixed BARELY!!!  turn it off.

Add 1c oats..i put mine through the blender so it was the texture of flour.

blend just barely

add 2c chocolate chips (I used semi sweet) barely blend

now take a big cookie scoop and wallop those things on the cookie sheets two to a row two to a column.

or the small cookie scoop is like 4×4 on the pan.

I put both sheets in the oven.

It took 12 minutes for the silver sheet and about 15m for the PC sheet (told you that info would come in handy)

I’ve learned the key is to NOT open the oven, it collapses the cookies.  I’ve learned also to leave the cookies on the sheet for 3 minutes after pulling them out of the oven.  That takes me to my next step.

Pull em out of the oven and set the time for 3 minutes.  Leave the cookies alone on the sheet for that long it allows them to finish baking and to set.  Now transfer them to  a cooling rack.

Pour a huge glass of milk, grab a plate of cookies and find a dark hiding spot cuz your not gonna wanna share these!

Hope you enjoy!

Give credit where credit is due.  The original recipe came from this site 

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My Beautiful Ocean’s Birth Story

Dear sweet boy.  This is a story about a child and his birth.

May 21 one year ago, daddy had gotten in at a decent time.  We decided to go as a family and play around at Home Depot.  Sad to say, we do that sometimes 🙂  We went to Training Table for dinner, and really had a great time just the five of us.  I remember thinking at that time…it won’t be too long before our five will be six.

That night, at about 1145 I woke up thinking either I had just experienced the single most embarrasing thing of my adult life cuz I’d wet the bed, OR my water had broke.  After contemplating for a few minutes, I text Briana; our midwife.  She called right away.  She’d determinded that my water had indeed broken.  I woke Daddy up and told him.  Then sent him back to bed.

I had no idea what to expect.  My water’d never broken before.  This was a new experience.  Things started to get intense and I was walking and pacing and laboring.  I got dad up around 1 and Briana came around 230.  The midwives got set up and when things were at a quiet moment, you and I got into the warm pool.  We stayed there and labored.  Around 530, you told me it was time.   You and I began the work of getting you into the world.  We worked you down down down.  After three pushes, your head was birthed, then quickly after, the rest of you came.  I reached down into the water and pulled you to my chest and held you tight.

at 550am Saturday morning May 22, my darling sweet boy was born.  Dear sweet Ocean, you are my little golden boy.  You were our unexpected surprise, but from the moment we found out about you you have been vastly different from your siblings.  Your pregnancy was great, birth even better.  Every experience surrounding you has been different.  You are a quiet calm.  You make everyone in the house smile,  we each hold you dear, and we take our turns being your protectors.  Sweet boy… I sing you a song everynight…you are my sunshine.  Dear child you are a ray of sunshine to every life you touch.

That my dear is your birth story.  There is only one time each year I will share this story with you and it will be an the anniversary of your birth at the time you were born.  One day you’ll tease me, one day you’ll roll your eyes, but one day far from now, you’ll look back and remember your silly sentimental mom did this for me.

I love you dear boy.  Thank you for choosing me.

Happy 1st birthday.