looky looky cookies

I made cookies, thanks to a great recipe from my baking guru, Nola.  I made these as practice.  I volunteer at a group-home for boys, once a week for two hours a night.  I have been teaching them poker, and hearts for the last few weeks, and some of the boys have been interested, but nothing rouses interest like cookies/brownies.  Here’s the recipe, with a few modifications (Sorry to mess with perfection Nola, but I couldn’t resist.  I hope this doesn’t influence my baking karma, oh wise guru.):

Toll House Cookies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar (tamp it down in the measuring cup)
  • 1 cup crisco, butter, or blend
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 TBSP spiced rum
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts) 
  • 1 bag (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

Toast the hazelnuts on high-heat in a large skillet until they are dark-brown.  Shake the skillet from time to time to avoid burning them. 

In a large bowl, beat sugars, shortening, vanilla, and rum (or water) with electric mixer on medium speed or mix with a spoon until fluffy.  Mix in egg.  Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt (dough will be quite stiff).  Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. 

Drop by rounded tablespoons on ungreased cookie sheet, about 2” apart.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown.  Cool 1-2 minutes to let them firm up just a bit, then remove to a cooling rack or sheet of foil spread out on countertop for at least 10 min before eating. 

This recipe is from the Betty Crocker cookbook, changed according to Nola’s memory (and Alex’s limited experience).
Here are some photos of the process:

cookie gear

beatin' the batter

before the bake


soon to be gone

Also, Cati’s friend, and colleague, Ana stopped by with her dog, Inti.  Inti is a 92lb lab.  He and Nacho got along great and played a game in the backyard.  Essentially, Inti would grab a stick and run around as fast as he could while Nacho chased; barking all the while.  It was pretty cute.  Nacho is a little bossy, and would not tolerate any chasing or rough-housing from Inti.  He’s funny like that.


They make introductions

They play

and play

Look at our little guy go!  Ha, he’s fierce, eh?

3 Responses to “looky looky cookies”

  1. Teresa says:

    Wow! wow! wow!…. of course Nachete is the boss!!! ( small dogs never realize that they are small).
    My neighbor ( her name is Cati also) came along to my place the day before Easter and taught us (me and Eva) to cook “robiols” and “crespells” that are a kind of cookies typical for Easter in Mallorca.
    The next time that I will go to Albany I will cook it for you.

  2. alex|dimitri says:

    That will be great Teresa! I hope is VERY soon.

    … and Renee, you’re right, The Nach is The Best :)