We’re all about old guys gettin’ with young chicks. (Sorry, bad family joke.) So when I caught Something’s Gotta Give (with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton) on cable the other day, I DVRed it for Mr. RGBistro and I to watch after dinner later in the week. In one of the opening scenes where Jack’s young girlfriend takes him back to her family’s weekend house, and gets caught in his robe by the young girlfriend’s mom (Diane), I decided I wanted chocolate chip cookies for dessert. The only glitch was that I don’t normally keep butter at room temperature.
Then I remembered a batch of cookies I made earlier this year for our office’s Share Our Strength bake-sale using one of Jamie’s recipes that used cold butter. During the scene where Jack suffers a heart-attack just before he’s about to have sex with the young girlfriend, I cracked open the laptop to look for Jamie’s recipe.
A special note of thanks to Jamie and Lisa for this one: Thank you! Jamie – they’re great in small bites (didn’t have patience to weigh out 4 oz. balls). Lisa – I like the cornstarch idea. Will try a variation with that next. Also wondering how well these would work with potato starch…
These ooey-gooey bite-sized babies were done just in time for Jack and Diane to share a love scene on the Pont Napolean in Paris, France.
It’s official: I’d rather be Diane Keaton than Amanda Peet (unless we’re talking about A Lot Like Love where Amanda scores Ashton Kutcher; but that’s another discussion).
It’s a scorcher here. Still living without AC, we might have to pull out the motor home tonight and camp in the front-yard with the generator on. How do you stay cool?
Cold-Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
~ Makes 36 cookies ~
~ Ingredients ~
- 2 sticks unsalted butter (to be cubed)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 8 oz. semisweet chocolate chunks
~ Preparation ~
Preparation Time: 1 hour
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 375˚F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Prepare dry ingredients: In a 2-quart bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda and table salt. Whisk together to combine.
- Prepare wet ingredients: Cube two sticks of cold unsalted butter. In a 4-quart mixing bowl, combine cubes of butter with granulated sugar and brown sugar. Working with the paddle attachment of a Kitchen Aid mixer, or hand mixer, beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until the butter and sugar are very light. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated, then add in vanilla extract. Turn off mixer and fold in chocolate chunks with a wooden spoon.
- Drop 1 ½ tablespoon-sized balls of cookie dough and bake for 8 minutes.
- Cool on wire rack. Store what you don’t eat immediately in airtight container. Preferably away from the dog.
Nutrition content per serving: 148 calories, 18g carbs, 1g protein, 8g fat, 0.5g fiber
Cost per serving: $0.19