It’s clear that I like to make cookies. It’s clear that I like to make cookies for others. But, when it comes to cookie recipes, I’m rarely surprised. A cookie is a cookie is a cookie. Butter, sugar, flour, salt, eggs.
I have a number of recipes that I gravitate toward, but only one go-to recipe. What makes it special for me is that it contains no white sugar and the butter must be melted. The warm dough has always yielded soft, slightly doughy cookies. I don’t like cookies any other way, really. I’ll make them many other ways, but as I rarely cook for my pleasure, that’s not always important.
In a tradesies situation I created (Fairmount bagels for my baking) I went looking for something to take me out of my baking box. Dorie Greenspan is someone who I’ve been reading for a long while now without trying any of her recipes. With her recent Chocolate Chunker post, my mind was sufficiently intrigued. Easy recipe. Salted peanuts. The word “gooey.”
I don’t have much to say except that I think they are the best cookies I’ve ever made.
I forgot the raisins.
I added cinnamon.
I sprinkled fleur de sel on the tops after baking.
I made monster cookies, easily 2 tablespoons of dough each.
Gooey. Chocolatey. Salty.