Sunday, June 05, 2011

twelve desserts ~ chocolate chip cookies

finally dessert #2 of my twelve desserts for the year! i am obviously the biggest not a procrastinator at all. :)

going into this recipe, i was a little nervous because my gram is known for her delicious chocolate chip cookies. every time i go home, she makes enough for our visit, and always saves a little batch for us to take back to california. if only i had her recipe, this dessert might have turned out better.

unfortunately... these cookies were definitely NOT right, so i won't bore you with the actual directions.

i know i made the mistake of mixing all the ingredients together at once... i also substituted smart balance instead of real butter & egg beaters instead of whole eggs. i normally make those substitutes so i don't think that was the issue, but what do i know. :) do you swap out "healthier" ingredients when baking? 

i will say my glass of red wine did make this a semi non-stressful experience! :) p.s. i should have known at this stage something wasn't right. the mixture was was too smooth or something.

one thing is for sure ~ i wasn't stingy with the chocolate chips.

as always there was one moment when i panicked, and this time it was when i realized we had only one cookie sheet.

my solution was using two round cake pans and three muffin pans. why i thought a muffin pan would work... no idea!

in the end, the cookies on the sheets & in the cake pans "looked" like they might be good, and the muffin cookies... well they looked like muffins.

unfortunately, although the pans said they were non-stick, and the directions said not to grease or butter the pans before cooking... both were just kidding. all of the cookies & muffins stuck like glue to the bottom of the pans.

i pried off enough to make a little presentation so the mister wouldn't be wary. even though thankfully he will always at least try my cooking and baking attempts, and he does his best to always be nice about it. 

when i first tasted them, i thought they tasted like cookies, but the texture was more like cake or chocolate chip muffins (even the regular cookies)! maybe i used too much flour... what do you think it could have been?

well i am not letting this bad batch detour me... i will continue to chug on with the ten desserts i have left! if you have a great recipe... send it my way! :)

all images by jenna ♥ a little blue


Monique said...

the cookies look delicous. what with a wedding in just a few days it's been a while. glad your baking and looking forward to your future desserts.

Lisa said...

I'm actually on a quest right now trying 12 different recipes to find out which is the best chocolate chip cookie of them all. Putting them into a muffin pan certainly sounds interesting and your cookies still look delicious.

Loui♥ said...

Hi Jenna~
baking is NOT my forte..
I do adore store bought cookies..
Keebler Vienna Fingers being my fave!
if not careful, I can eat the entire pack..with not a single feeling of guilt!
warmest sandy hugs..
laughing smiles too!!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

mmmm that sounds so tasty! its only 10am and i want some cookies now! xo jillian:: enter to win a $100 shopping spree!

Heather Pranitis said...

YUM! I think I need to whip up a batch myself. The cookies look great! On a side note, when "changing" ingredients for healthier sometimes you have to increase/decrease other ingredients too. The question is "how" do they taste? They look just fine to me. The cookie muffin look pretty good - next time, just spray it with some Pam before you stick the batter in. Or if you can find cooking paper. They look fabulous and delicious! I'm craving them now. Have a wonderful afternoon. PS - I'm looking forward to the next recipe.

VeRo! said...

yummyyy!! i ll try your recipe!!


Bhrett said...

The NYTimes announced the best recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Soon I plan on trying:

Grasshopper brownies:

Lemon crinkle cookies:

Saltine cracker toffee:

Brittany said...

haha I love the cake pans! that is classic. They look pretty good :)

honey my heart said...

the cookies look so yummy! i've been wanting to eat some classic chocolate chip cookies for a few days and think it's time to bake some :)

kimbirdy said...

well they look pretty. maybe you meant to make chocolate chip cake? :) i love to bake, but i have a tough time following directions in a specific way and things often end up weird. but it's fun and the mister doesn't mind eating my creations so i keep at it. can't wait to see what's next!

la petite coquine said...

At least they look gorgeous! Baking is a pretty persnickety art form, and my guess is that the ingredients just didn't like meeting each other so quickly. Making substitutions in baking is much trickier than in cooking, so always be wary!

Linh said...

This looks sensational! Great job on the photos :) Happy Monday!

Heart Charlie said...

Oh My Goodness!!! I am dying for some chocolate chip cookies now!!!!

Nnenna said...

yummy yummy yummy! These look so tasty! =)

star-crossed smile

Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking said...

Yum! These look delicious! x

Ashley said...

You're too hard on yourself, your cookies look yummy! I hope you're well and we need to get together for that pool date soon :)


Nicole-Lynn said...

Oh my gosh you have me laughing over here! Love that you made muffin cookies by accident! lol That is totally something I would do!

I love to cook but baking just isn't my thing. I'm trying to get better at it.

Anna Walker said...

Cake-cookies aren't that bad! They look good! Ha, I ALWAYS substitute unhealthy ingredients for healthy ones! AKA applesauce for oil! :D

Amy Rene said...

This made me laugh so much! IT's really amazing how much cookies can be messed up, isn't it? Better luck next time!

Things to Do said...

I think you might have actually stumbled onto the newest dessert masterpiece: Cookie/Muffins. I actually really want to try this out as it combines my two loves!