Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Best of Both Worlds

Something about Sunday makes me want to bake. I get that from my daddy. Almost every Sunday evening found our family with a plate of warm cookies and a jug of ice-cold milk.

So today we made the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever. I know many CLAIM to have this recipe, but, in fact, WE do. Sorry. We got it from a family in Cincinnati, who brought the aforementioned cookies to a ward picnic. A year later, My Man and I were still talkin' about those dang cookies. I finally just emailed them for the recipe. And now they're all the rage in South America.

I'm feeling magnanimous today, and have decided to let you all partake in the goodness that is empty calories as well. Don't be fooled by the absence of any surprise ingredients. They are just plain THAT good.

4 sticks of butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar

3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla
6 cups of flour

Stir in 4 cups of chocolate chips (I like to do half milk, half semi-sweet). Using a 1/4 c. measuring cup to scoop out the dough, cook 6-8 on a sheet, 350 degrees, for about 12 minutes. You don't want these cookies to brown at all - take them out when they look just barely done and let them sit on the tray for a couple minutes.

The recipe makes 36 huMUNGous cookies or 70 normal-sized ones. (I once made over 100 bite-sized ones for a party.) It can be halved; to half an egg, simply mix it up in a bowl and measure out two tablespoons. Still, I recommend making the full batch. They freeze excellently.

So the title of today's post suggests that I will give you something from Brazil - and you would assume correctly. The most common sweets in this beloved pais o' mine are brigadeiros. You will find them at every single birthday party and wedding in the country. My sister absolutely fell in love with them while she was visiting - and my brother-in-law Brent won the dairy division in his county fair with 'em.

Pour one can of sweetened condensed milk in a small pot and add 2 heaping tablespoons of chocolate milk mix (like Nesquick or something - you can add more if you like them really chocolatey) and 2 tablespoons butter or margarine. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly, until you can see the bottom of the pan - it'll take a few minutes. Pour the mixture on a plate and let cool completely - put it in the fridge if you're in a hurry. Once it's cooled, butter your hands really well and roll the mixture into little balls - about a teaspoon at a time. Then roll in sprinkles. Voila! You're done.

This recipe has a million and one variations. Skip the chocolate altogether and roll in coconut. Put a strawberry in the middle or a piece of caramel. Use strawberry milk mix instead of chocolate. The only limit is your imagination.


Diet? What diet? ....


Jared said...

I just baked some yummy zucchini chocolate chip muffins, but I am thinking those cookies are going to HAVE to be our treat for FHE tomorrow night! I am a total sucker for a good choco chip cookie recipe. Thanks for sharing, and I will let you know how they turn out.


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Megan, Peter, and Benjamin said...

So, I made some cookies yesterday....I was hoping that they would taste like Otis Spunkmeyer ones...but NO WAY!! Anyway, I am always looking for a good recipe....I will have to go get some more chocolate chips and try these out! Thanks for sharing!

MotherToMany said...

Those sound really good. I think I am gonna have to make them this week too. Probably tomorrow when it gets cooler out. I love baking when it's nice and cool out!

Jared said...

Made the cookies! UUUUMMMMM SOOOOOOO DELICIOUS! I baked up 2 dozen and then ice creamed scooped out 80 cookie doughs and stuck um in the freezer. Well worth the empty calories. During FHE tonight we dipped them in milk and the girls kept saying these are sooo goood!

Rocketgirl said...

We had some Brasilians over for my birthday last year and sho nuff, they brought brigadieros! Thanks for the the recipie!!

LisAway said...

I've only ever made brigadeiros with plain cocoa. They're totally yummy with just plain cocoa, too. I'm TOTALLY trying this cookie recipe next time I make CCC. WITH butter. (I only bake with butter. Which I know is the same problem when recipes call for shortening: they don't turn out the same. Shortening here is different and weird.)

LisAway said...

Made these for dessert tonight. Yum!! And they are very, very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Erin said...

I just made these cookies, except I only had 4 1/2 cups of regular flour in my entire house (what is wrong with me??? Time to go to the case lot sale.), so I used 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour. My husband just said they are some of the best cookies he has ever eaten. Thanks for the recipe!