Thursday, September 16, 2010

I Baked

I kept it simple and made these chocolate chip cookies. No, I don't have my own recipe I've been baking since I was five, so I just steal recipes from those who do. Baking is a rare occurence in my kitchen. In preparation for my upcoming field trip to King Arthur Flour, I decided to pull out the flour, sugar, eggs, measuring cup and spoons and get to baking. Originally, I wanted to make my favorite fall treat: Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies. I couldn't find pumpkin puree anywhere. It wasn't avalible online via Stop & Shop Peapod, it wasn't at my local grocer The Golden Goose, and to top it off, my venture to the Foodmaster in Charlestown on my lunch break only lead me to shelves void of pumpkin puree. What gives?! I learned from a Foodmaster employee that it will not be present on the shelves of any grocery store anytime soon. While normally there is a surpluss keeping shelves full throughout the year, all the rain we experienced last summer caused severe damage to the Pumpkin crops leaving no puree whatsoever in excess. (picture source)I had no idea it was that bad! What a travesty, not only for fall baking, but especially for those poor farmers. I switched gears to good old chocolate chip. As a result, there are a few extra ingredients pictured necessary for the pumpkin cookies but not the regulars. Oh and for the record I actually had King Arthur Flour in my cabinet, it was not purchased specifically for this venture in baking. I am not sure why I have bread flour as opposed to all purpose flour. I've never baked bread and I have no idea if I can bake cookies with bread flour (technically I had 1 cup all purpose, it was the last of an unpictured bag) but here goes nothing. The list:
2.5 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
2 eggs
2 sticks butter, softened (2 sticks) If Jenna says 2 sticks, she means 2 sticks!
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Since I couldn't make Pumpkin Cookies, I opened a bottle of the next best thing. Pumpkin Beer! Blue Moon Fall seasonal Harvest Moon is brewed with the flavors of vine ripened pumpkin. Notes of clove and nutmeg provide a slightly sweet, slightly spicy, copper-orange Pumpkin Ale. Now where was I....

1) Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2) Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each one. Add the vanilla and mix gently to combine.3) Add the flour to the butter and mix. Carefully stir in the chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for about twelve minutes, or until golden.
I got mini chocolate chips by accident. It happens. Since I had mini chips I decided to make monster cookies.
I don't own Silpat and I don't have parchment paper. I sprayed the cookie sheets with Pam.
This makes me laugh. I think I was on beer #2 but that's no excuse. bahaha.
In happier times (with no squished monster cookie) success!These are scary big. But as it turns out, you can bake cookies with bread flour. Perhaps this Saturday at KAF I will learn the difference in flour types. Cookies for dinner.
Cookies for breakfast.
Cookies for co-workers.
Cookies for road trips!


  1. I love how you drink beer while baking! Ha ha. So excited to go to King Arthur with you this weekend. I think those cookies look beautiful. I am devastated that there is another pumpkin shortage... the same thing happened last year. :(

  2. OMG this is the cutest post! I love everything pumpkin and there was a shortage last year too so I ordered a case (like 24 cans) online. It worked out beautifully. I feel as if our car up to VT is going to be a well-snacked one!

  3. Mmmm...I remember those pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I think you made them for Lisa's birthday but somehow I ended up with all of them! And I really enjoyed them :)

  4. I love that instead of a pumpkin cookie you had a pumpkin beer :)

  5. Whoa, those look yummy! You can totally use bread flour for baking cookies. On the other hand, all purpose flour doesn't work very well for baking bread, so keep that in mind if you're ever making a loaf :)

  6. What!?! A pumpkin shortage? That is tragic!

  7. Megan & Fun - I had no issues getting pumpkin last year. weird!

    Gretchen - oh yea those be the cookies. I took them "out" thinking ahead they might be nice to have on hand for the rest of Lisa's celebrations. Well they made it as far out as your apartment. hahaha oops.

  8. Those cookies look SO yummy! I think I'll have to go bust into my brownie stash now... Look forward to meeting you this weekend! We can definitely talk about the diffences between flour types. :-)
    Happy travels! -Allison@KAF

  9. I'd rather have these cookies over pumpkin anything.

  10. Good job baking! I haven't made cookies in a long time and I think that might be my project this weekend. I like how your milk glass is a Baileys glass (those things don't escape my alchoholic eye) ;)
    PS - what MelissaNibbles said...

  11. You baked! You did a fantastic job, too. Go girl! They look picture perfect. Yummy. =)

  12. Yay! They look SO delicious. Monster cookies are the way to go. No puree, that IS sad. I like your heart-shaped spoon :-)

  13. I haven't tried Blue Moon's pumpkin ale! I like Shipyard and I tried Sam Adams recently. It's nice to enjoy 1 but normally after that it's too much for me.

    have a great weekend too!

  14. Blue Moon?... Do I even need to say anything??? heheh ;-)

  15. mmmmm pumpkin cookies. mmmmmm pumpkin beer. ALL stores have been sold out of the canned pumpkin so I really couldn't have been happier when Matt walked in yesterday with about 6 cans of it. Although now I feel bad because I had no idea WHY the shelves were lacking.

    Were your cookies doughy? I think it is funny that you had bread flour :)

  16. Your cookies look great! I am in a cookie mood and this just threw me over the top!