Does it seem like the mood has been kinda gloomy around here lately? First this grumpy post, followed by a failed recipe. Bah! It's time to cheer up (buttercup)!
Luckily, the recipe I've got for you today does exactly that. Chocolate chip cookie sticks! These babies are a cross between a chocolate chip cookie and a shortbread one. Warm and fresh out of the oven, they taste like the beloved chocolate chip cookies we all love. But as they cool, they take on the texture of a buttery, crumbly shortbread studded with mini chocolate chips. They're so utterly addicting that I ate about a quarter of the pan in one sitting.
They're from my dear friend Christina's newish cookbook, Sweet & Simple. Christina and I met last year on a business trip during a somewhat challenging client partnership. And even though I was a total zombie the day we met, almost incoherent with jet lag (I'm not joking about this; I'd flown in from Copenhagen the night before, and I was absolutely awful in the interview we filmed that day) and wearing my really dorky granny glasses from ten years ago, Christina stuck by my side and tolerated my incredibly lame jokes. We've stayed in touch since that trip, commiserating and laughing about our crazy blog lives.
Not only is Christina the sweetest and most hilarious person ever, but she's also one of the most talented bakers I know. She scales down all her recipes so that they come out in small batches, with servings and portions enough for just two people. Do you guys realize how hard it is to actually pull that off?! Baking is a lot more scientific than cooking — even the smallest changes in ingredient quantities can affect the whole recipe's ratios and entire chain of chemical reactions, leading to sunken cakes, rock-hard cookies, and other potential baking disasters. Her recipes are incredibly clever, making whole cakes out of loaf pans and using different substitutes for eggs. Seriously; go check out her blog if you haven't done so already!
Some baker's notes:
- Use mini chocolate chips in this recipe! According to Christina's notes for the recipe in the book, her very scientific recipe testing (😉) concludes that mini chocolate chips equate to more chocolate per bite. I am very, very down with that.
- I found it a little hard to tell when the bars were cooked; the center remained quite yellow and pale for me. Don't you dare overcook it though, or you'll end up with a brittle texture that will make me sad for you. Stick with the recommended cooking time of the recipe — a tell-tale sign will be when the edges have brown lightly and set. It's okay if the center is still a little poofy and soft; it will solidify as it cools.