Kennie's Northern Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wednesday, January 2, 2008
This is Kennie's Northern Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, also known as "my brown sugar has turned into a huge-ass dry sugar mass" Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe.

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup of butter (or shortening, or margarine)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 eggs
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 pack of Cream Cheese.

I thought I was going to have a fun time making cookies tonight... not so. My brown sugar is a large dry mass of sugary goodness (reminder for next year's sea lift - small bags of brown sugar, not one 15 kg bag ... what was I thinking??!!). So, I wound up digging myself out probably around a 2 cup chunk of brown sugar, put it in a ziplock bag, and outside I went with a hammer. And I pounded that block of sugar into smaller chunks of sugar that made it a little easier to work with.

To make these cookies, in one large bowl, put together the baking soda, salt, butter, vanilla, almond, eggs and white sugar (and just leave it for a moment). In a smaller bowl, add the pack of cream cheese (cut into cubes) and the brown sugar. Place this mixture in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. Take out of microwave and stir together. If mixture is still lumpy (or if you still have huge chunks of brown sugar), put in microwave again for 30 seconds.

Once the cream cheese & brown sugar mix is smooth (you might have to break the sugar chunks with a spoon now that they are soft), spoon this mixture into the large bowl with the other ingredients. Blend on low with a mixer until you have a creamy and airy mixture.

Add flour a half cup at a time while mixing together.

In the end, you will (or should) wind up with a "fluffy" cookie dough (it won't be as stiff as a normal cookie dough).

Take mixture and make small balls out of it for your cookies, place on a cookie sheet and cook for 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees. Watch the cookies, as the tops don't brown up like a typical chocolate chip cookie. They are done when they can be easily scrapped off of the cookie sheet with a spatula.

This recipe makes about 6 dozen small cookies.


Kara and Matt said...

Cure for brown sugar cement:

Put in container with a lid and a slice or two of bread. Leave for a day for so and presto! Beautiful brown sugar!

Kennie said...

hmm... I'm gonna have to go on a hunt for a container with a lid tomorrow ..... wonder if we got any of those at the Northern that won't cost me an arm and a leg....

Jen said...

MMMMMMmmmmm cookies!
Even small bags of Brown Sugar go rock solid. I just put mine in a ziplock with a piece of bread. If you need it quick, the sugar sitting right under the bread will be ready to roll in an hour or so. My mother in law bought me one of these fancy clay discs to moisturize the sugar, but bread works much better!

Clare said...

I see everyone beat me to the "Hints from Heloise" of putting bread in with your Brown Sugar.

Kennie said...

Well,strange thing here everyone...
I continued chipping through the sugar cement, and found a slice of bread that either I or my roommate put in the bag in an effort to avoid this problem (yeah I know.. only one slice? How should I know what to do? The sugar at my Mom's never had this problem, although that was in the South, not way up here.hmmm...)anyway, the bread was a piece of cement as well.

I have a feeling I'm going to be going through a lot of ziplock bags and bread tomorrow in the efforts to resurrect my sugar.

Jen said...

You will just have to make cookies more often, and change up the bread. :)

down south said...

Don't bury the bread! Chip some sugar off the block and put it a zip lock bag with a slice or two of bread. As you use this up, replace with more sugar and bread!

Kennie said...

I didn't bury the bread initially ... it just wound up getting buried ... I'm gonna have to find a big tupperware container this summer to bring back up with me....

Shelagh said...

If you can find a piece of porous pottery (like a piece of a clay pot), soak it in water and pop it into the brown sugar that will work a little better than the bread. Works best if you can find a glass jar with a lid... empty mayo jar or peanut butter jar will work.

That's straight from my grammie =]

Jen said...

Bread totally works better ;P The clay majiggy just gets sugar clumped to it and then drys out.

Kennie said...

Well, I chiseled out some sugar today, and I'm trying to resurrect it in a ziplock bag using a piece of bread ... we'll see how this goes ... I have a strange feeling that my sugar cement might be too far gone to save :-( And if that doesn't work, it's sugar in an empty PB jar with a piece of apple next ... and well.. if nothing works, looks like I will be using a hammer for there rest of it's life :-)

depfife said...

Great!!!! NO COCONUT !!!!!