Yeah...I really look like I need a cookie. And what's up with that coat.
This pic was taken during a break from Model UN in Boston in 1993. Representing the desert nation of Chad had lost its luster at that point. And I'd heard the words dilatory and caucus enough times to last a lifetime.
Why I struck this pose, I'm not entirely sure, but it does capture my true feelings about cookies. In short, I love them. Cookies in the morning, cookies in the evening, cookies at suppertime: What could be better?
Well, in my case, baking them. I’ve always loved to bake, something I inherited from my father and my grandmother (sorry mom), but a new apartment with a new-ish oven has really inspired me. It would take six hours—yes, SIX hours—to bake an apple pie at my old apartment. This past year I’ve been developing oatmeal cookies with the goal of creating one unique recipe for every day of the year. That’s right—365 oatmeal cookie recipes. Or 52. Guess which one will come first.
It's a classic flavor profile in an easy-to-eat (and eat and eat) form. A quadruple dose of chocolate and a triple shot of berries deliver the flavor. For a chewier cookie, melt the butter before mixing together the creamables. Makes about four dozen cookies.
In your Kitchen Aid or a large mixing bowl, cream together the creamables: the butter, brown sugar, strawberry milk mix, and cocoa powder.
In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients: the egg and egg yolk, seedless raspberry jam, and vanilla and raspberry extracts. Whisk together the wet ingredients and add to the creamables. Mix together until smooth.
In another large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients. Using a spatula, fold together until evenly distributed. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the creamables and wet ingredients. Mix until evenly combined.
Preheat oven to 350º.
Shape dough into balls--about 2 tablespoons each. Place dough balls about 2 inches apart on Silpat- or parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.
Bake at 350º for 10-12 minutes or until edges of cookies spring back to the touch. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let stand for 2 minutes. Then place cookies on wire racks to cool.