As you read yesterday, Dad loves cookies!
I had decided that I wanted to make Dad a batch of cookies as part of his Father’s Day gift (he also received a gift card to Wordsworth Books). The timing would work out perfectly for me to bake the cookies on Saturday eve, then give them to Dad on Sunday. They’d be fresh for golfing today (Dad always takes cookies along for his Monday golf date with his buddies).
Saturday, while working at the store, I discovered that Uptown Country was going on at the square (yes, the same spot as the non-existant Thursday market). In fact, we could hear the
twangs guitar reverberations in the store!
Talk about perfect weather: Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day here: sunny, hot – just the kind of day you want to be outside.
So, I had a choice to make: bake cookies, as planned, or head over to Uptown Country on the beautiful Saturday eve. The no-brainer choice would seem to be the music fest, right? As a bonus, I thought that I could take my knitting as Saturday was also Worldwide Knit in Public Day (I missed the gathering at Shall We Knit due to my work shift).
I knew Dad would totally understand if I gave him an IOU for the cookies, and made them tonight, or sometime this week. But I just wasn’t 110% gung-ho on going to Uptown Country. While I have nothing against country music (in fact, I bet if I exposed myself to it more often, I could become a fan) it’s really not my thing. Plus, I know from the past that there is long gaps of time between acts/musicians, and since the venue is out-of-doors, lots of cigarette smoking (blech).
So, what recipe to choose…one thing for sure: no way I could whip up vegan, gluten-free, carob-chip morsels of delight for Dear Dad. No way, Jose. I wanted an online recipe
so that I wouldn’t have to type it out for you to try something new…and knew it had to come from someone who loves butter and family-style cooking. Ina Garten? Bobby Flay? I went with Paula Deen, a mostly unfamiliar-to-me celebrity chef (I’ve seen her show a couple times on Foodnetwork). Best of all – she’s from Dad’s generation, haha!
The changes I made:
- I used one stick butter and one stick Crisco shortening
- I used 1 cup milk chocolate chips and 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Everything else is the same as in the recipe link.
- Paula says the prep time is 15 minutes. Oh, Paula, you do make me laugh. My prep time was almost 45 minutes. Good thing I never reference prep times til I’ve shut the oven door, and my work is completed.
- The batter, pre-baking, was fabulously delightful in consistency: creamy, smooth, easy to shape into cookies.
- I got 48 cookies instead of 50. I purposely didn’t make mine all that big as Dad does not like mega-giant size sweet treats (unless it’s a wedge of pie!). They’re still pretty big, though.
- I had to bake my cookies 10-12 minutes, not 7 – I’m guessing that’s because of the size of my cookies (?) or the weather (?) or the altitude in Waterloo (?).
- The cookies went a little splatty during baking – maybe due to the Crisco?
- Lucy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies is still the best recipe in my repertoire.
All boxed up and ready to go:
Which Foodnetwork star do you look to for a fail-proof recipe? I had good luck with Anna Olson’s chocolate chip cookies. Plus, her TV presence is so calm and reassuring, that I have confidence in her recipes, as funny as that sounds!
Pie or cookies? Cookies all the way, man…