Cookie baking season 2009 came, took me through a whirlwind of baking, then buying packaging and shipping supplies, packaging up the cookies, and finally to the post office multiple times in the past week so that I could send off my little holiday wishes in the form of baked goods to my friends and family.
Next year, I’ve got to be more organized. And baking earlier would help. But these were the results of the last couple of weeks’ baking…
My cousin told me about chocolate crinkle cookies when he first started reading my blog and told me that he wanted to make these when he came up from DC to stay with us for the holidays. A couple of days before he came, I decided to try a recipe from the Betty Crocker web site, and it was pretty much a disappointment. Normally, I trust Betty Crocker recipes, but this one was a surprise to me since the first batch just fell flat, and didn’t taste much like how I thought it should — no fudginess, no deep chocolatey goodness, no crispy outside with a soft inside. I should have known once I saw that the recipe lacked butter. And we all know, butter makes it better.
A picture’s worth a thousand words, so when I found this entry about chocolate crinkle cookies on a blog called “What Geeks Eat”, and saw the picture at the beginning of the entry, I was hooked. The picture looked incredible, just what I envisioned the cookies should look like. And being a geek myself, I thought that the name alone of the blog was promising. I read through her entry, all the way to the recipe and loved what I saw. She does research and reads through blogs, cookbooks, etc. much like I do before attempting a never-done-before recipe. A kindred spirit! I trusted this lady already and I haven’t even tried her variation of the cookies yet. And sure enough, she did not lead me astray. They were absolutely perfect with a brownie-like, yet not-too-heavy consistency inside a crispy, powdered-sugary outer dome. My cousin had some and his only criticism was that they weren’t dense enough — he likes a little more meat to his cookies (a matter of personal preference), but flavor-wise, he said they taste good. The recipe he followed came from the Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking cookbook, so I will probably try that too since it was my Christmas present from him. I was so enamored with this recipe that I followed that I can hardly imagine how it could be better, but I am prepared to be surprised. If anything, I’ll probably end up liking both recipes and not even compare.