The Standard Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is so DUMB
This week has been busy for me, what with work going until midnight on four of the five days of the workweek. This weekend was a muchly appreciated chance to unwind…and on Saturday, my accounting/consulting friends and I watched Up in the Air and remarked (to varying degrees — I am on the low-end, of course) how closely Ryan’s life captures our own. We understood the tricks to packing for air travel, of having and comparing loyalty card bonuses, of being on name basis with people at the airport. It was good times.
But I also prepared cookies for us to eat during the movie. And somehow, that ruined everything.
If you are friends with me on Facebook (and if you aren’t, why not?), then you may have seen my somewhat regular pictures of the cookies I bake. Although in the past I have written about my sordid history with cooking, I have just now become aware that I haven’t been entirely forthright with you here about the situation.
I am now obsessed with baking the perfect cookies, or, as I call the ideal, the OMEGA COOKIE. I don’t even know if the omegacookie is one or many, what kind it is, and so one…what is the truth of cookie-ness?
I think I’ve come up with some pretty good chocolate chip cookies, but even I know that there is more that could be done. One of my friends pointed out to me that my use of “exotic” ingredients (one batch that I baked had some cinnamon and nutmeg in it…I loved it, my friends loved it too…but it was definitely something with a hint of the unexpected) could achieve a decent result — a really good result, even — but it was always an escape or a way of hiding my inadequacy at making the standard chocolate chip cookie.
And so, I started rolling back my approach. I stuck to the standard Nestle tollhouse recipe…No brown butter. All-purpose flour instead of bread flour. Two eggs instead of one and a yolk. The only deviation allowed, basically, was to used chopped ghirardelli chocolate instead of actual nestle chips, because even I have standards (not saying ghirardelli is the best in the world, but it’s a step up.)
I don’t know what I’m doing, but I can’t get it right. I think part of it is the switch from bread flour to all-purpose flour or…I don’t even know…but the cookies I make with the standard recipe come out pretty flat, and they just…aren’t as good. I mean, they aren’t bad. But they are far from OMEGA.
Anyway, I don’t want to bore you all here…which is why I’m going to announce now that I’ve been thinking about getting a new blog devoted to the pursuit of the OMEGA cookie. That doesn’t mean that I’m abandoning Irresistible (Dis)Grace…I just don’t want to continually alienate one audience or the other by continuing to talk about stuff about which they don’t care about…and you know, I think that the baking audience and the Mormon-interest audience are relatively disjointed populations.
Also, I want to try something a bit more creative with the new blog than I can with Irresistible (Dis)Grace…so the new blog with be a self-hosted WordPress.org installation, and it’ll have its own domain (and not a *.wordpress.com subdomain), and I think it’ll be every so much fun, featuring mouth-watering foodporn pictures all the time.
Oh yeah, and there will be substance too…I want to bring freakin’ philosophy to baking. I already gave a sneak preview of some of it: what is the essence of the chocolate chip cookie, the ideal or form or universal to which all accidents or particulars merely try to imitate?
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