Hey, speaking of chocolate...I have a chocolate chip cookie Pinstrosity for you today!
The Original Pin
Chocolate chip cookies seem like the easiest thing in the world to make. They are the quintessential cookie. But with how easy these cookies are, it's amazing how easy it is to "go wrong" with them.
Using Nicole's own description of her attempt at these cookies, "Below is the Crisp & Chewy version".
"They are supposed to be large, thin, crispy outside and chewy inside. Nice right? Not so much. I ended up with small, brown, hard, thick cookies. I had to try one anyway....it did not taste good. As a bonus, it left me with a super weird feeling in my mouth. Seriously."
Cookies are chemistry. Really! You have to have the ingredient ratios just right. Humidity makes a difference in how much flour is actually needed (which is why many people weigh flour rather than measure it by cup), altitude plays a part, the order in which you add ingredients makes a difference, the temperature, etc. Making yummy cookies is truly an art.
I ran across a pin the other day with some interesting variables tested in chocolate chip cookies. This led me to searching out some other cookie troubleshooting material. Who knew I'd be able to use it on the blog so soon?! That was fortuitous!
Here's a picture of cookies with different ingredient variations:
Another pin I found was this troubleshooting chart (which was linked to a blog post about troubleshooting cookies, but it didn't have this chart on it):
And then I also found this pin:
So now what went wrong with Nicole's cookies? She solved that one on her own actually.
"I had no idea how I could go so wrong! But now I know. For starters I didn't pay enough attention. I just made Martha's Soft & Chewy cookies the other day and they turned out fine so I wasn't as careful with this recipe. I halved it and got the sugar amount wrong. I realized after the first batch so I went back and added sugar. BAD Idea! Apparently there is something about the sugar not melting...yada, yada and that is what left the dry-ish strange taste in my mouth. Who knew! The size and thickness of the cookie was wrong because I used the wrong baking sheet and the color was from using dark brown sugar instead of light brown. I will attempt again. This time I'm not halving and I'll be more attentive"
Sounds like any recipe I try to halve. I can double a recipe and have it turn out well, but I always get something goofy when halving a recipe.
Well hey...the shakiness has stopped. Maybe what my body needed was a little Pinstrosity. We'll see though when I go to stand up. Good thing I cleaned yesterday, I can just take it easy today and relax and figure out what's going on. Oh, and I think it'll be the perfect day to eat some cookies. Mmmm.
Happy Friday everyone!