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My Wacked Oven and The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie!

Written By Esthermay Bentley-Goossen on 10 November 2008

Do you want to know the secret of the *Perfect* Chocolate Chip Cookie? (There is one, you know.)

Answer: You never-ever (ever!) bake them as long as the recipe instructs. Yep. That's it. That's the secret. You try it and let me know.

. . . For those of you who follow the blog and are well aware that this is my first post since the Election, will now be asking, "What!? Nothing on the Election? No spiritual application to the Nation of Israel and the 'We-Want-King-Obamaman-not-the-LORD-GOD-to-lead-us?'" Answer: NOPE! It 's Fall Into Flavor Day and I'm stickin' with the agenda.

Now this underbake-the-cookies theory is not really that incredible of a revelation to me since I've never really followed recipes to the letter anyway. And to obstinately go against the sacred baking time of a recipe is everyday amusement in our kitchen since our "temperate" oven is just as wacked as I am. (See poll results HERE.)

"Ephraim mixes with other nations. Ephraim, you are
like a half-baked loaf of bread.
~Hosea 7:8 (God's Word® Translation)
Oh My!

. . . But, it was my personal adversity with a less than accurate oven that taught me the secret of underbaking cookies. So, in the spirit of REAL Butter, here is the recipe for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie:

2 Sticks REAL Butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
12 - 14 oz. bag of chocolate chunks or chips OR M&M's
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and blend well. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in separate bowl; then add gradually to other mixture and blend well. Add chunks (chips or M&M's) and chopped walnuts. Shape about 2 Tbsp of dough into a ball and place on ungreased cookie sheet. (x12 -- or x8 -- or however many fit on your cookie sheet.)Flatten each ball slightly with fingers to about 1/2" thickness. Reshape dough into circle if needed (sometimes with the chips/chunks/nuts, the cookies tend to loose the circle shape. Bake for 6-7 minutes.

Now. . . check the cookies - if they still have the appearance of gooey'ness or liquid centers, bake them for another 60 seconds and check again. You do not want to take them out while they are still gooey, but you do want to remover them from the oven while they look "underbaked." Allow the cookies to continue "baking" on top of the warm oven on the cookie sheet for several minutes. These cookies stay chewy for many days in an airtight container.

Oh, yea. . . As for those post-election musings. Here's one to think on:

President Bush -- who openly shared that his favorite philosopher was JESUS CHRIST -- was a "Divider."

Yet the man who openly defies the American Flag and believes that the CROSS of CHRIST is only one of many ways to God is considered a "Uniter."

-- See II Timothy 4:3-5

And while I still don't have the words . . . my friend Michelle at Because I Love You. . . a life lived out before the Lord does.

Please visit her and read her heart-felt and well-written posts which accurately depict my own heart -- and the hearts of True Christians everywhere:

~ Esthermay Bentley-Goossen
© 2008 The Heart of a Pastor's Wife

Now -- Go visit Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee for more delicious ideas for sprouts and rutabagas REAL Butter.


Barbara said...

I did wonder when you'd come out from under the bed linen. :-(
And I've just recently discovered the underbaked cookie secret too. Who'da guessed it? I like the idea of M&M's -- YUM!

lmerie said...

LOL - yummy recipe.
I chuckle because that can be a point of contention between hubby and myself - I don't EVER know what time I put something in the oven or how long it has been there. HE ALWAYS knows and does not understand, when you have lived with whacked out ovens, you learn to cook differently. And differently works with whacked out or normal! hehe

Andrea said...

yes only you could make a recipe carnival funny. I'll try this underbaked idea.

btw...both of my boys circulated last week's redistribution of the wealth recipe and it was a hoot! EVERYONE loved it. You are still my blogging hero.

Sherry said...

Looks like a yummy recipe. Is the pic your cookies?

I've learned how to be "oven smart" from necessity myself. Mine bakes a little slow (church parsonage oven). :)

Love the cartoon!

BTW: I am doing a give-away at my blog this week. Come visit and get in on the fun.

Beverlydru said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like that statement that my oven is as wacked as I am. Yep- mine too. Never the same from one day to the next it SEEMS. ; )
It's a pleasure to meet you.

joy in the morning said...

The ingredients for your cookie are identical to mine. I bake mine for 12 minutes! Dummy me. They are always hard and now I know why. Live and Learn! Congratuations on Blog of the Month. Neat honor.

You should put your fruit test in your sidebar. I sent my daughter and she couldn't find it.

Patricia said...

I love to make chocolate chip cookies...my crowd gobbles them down almost before I get them out of the oven.

I had to buy my daughter an oven thermometer--her oven wants to burn everything.

I've got a great recipe I'll try to find to share...it is like the cookies you get from the mall cookie store, only better.

I put a link on my comments about homemade vanilla flavoring. I'm looking forward to trying it out.

P.S. Since I don't know exactly where I put my c-c-cookie recipe, I'm trying yours this week as a treat for Mr. Amazing.

Laurie Ann said...

Great post! Loved it.

sara said...

I agree with the under cooked theory!!!! Though my oven is pretty consistent (it's new), I still think you need to undercook them!!!

Isn't that comic interesting...wonder how that will look in the future?

Jody said...

HI! You do have an inspiring blog. You make me want to start my own blog. I so appreciate your stand on PRO-LIFE issues leading up to the election. Way too many Christians overlook this. It gets old and we just forget and become apathetic. Those photos are unbelievable and morbid. I'm going to try underbaking the cookies next time!!!! And I'll be back for your giveaway.
Glad we met last weekend.

from, Jody (Hearts at Home Conference)

Merrie said...

I have never been able to make good chocolate chip cookies - which is crazy since I love cookies and I bake lots and lots of cookies that turn out - all except chocolate chips.
Thanks for the secret... I'll have to try it!

Mom To Six said...

Oh, how I wish I would've found your blog BEFORE the elections.

I cracked up at the pumpkin funnel cake! Too funny!


2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Underbaked cookies, a true delight of the flesh. One cookie problem that I do have, though, is extreme puffiness. I hate that. Got any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

Now, Esthermay, I spent years perfecting MY chocolate chip cookies and now you say you have the perfect recipe. I'll have to give yours a try.

Better yet, join me for coffee and a cookie sometime. I'd love to have you over.

Claudia said...

Oh, and one more thing. I've been undebaking chocolate chip cookies for years because that's how my dad likes them. He knows a thing or two about chocolate chip cookies.

Betsy Markman said...

Those cookies sound wicked-good!

I like your post-election comments, too, especially that cartoon. It says it all about our biased media.

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