Everyone loves Chocolate Chip Cookies. It’s the world’s most popular cookie! Last week I shared the recipe for The Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie. It is one of my favorites! But sometimes I get a craving for more chocolate and that’s when the Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies come in handy. They are simply delicious!
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I’m sure you’ve seen them at Starbuck’s and other retail bakeries. I think there are even some packaged ones by Pepperidge Farms. But nothing comes close to my Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re definitely chocolaty but the white chocolate morsels I add give it that extra yum! They like crunchy brownies with a kick of delicious white chocolate. They go great with a cold glass of milk!
Another tip for making bakery quality cookies is to have the proper tools. In this case to make really good looking (and tasting) cookies you’ll need a measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, an electric mixer (a standing mixer is easier but costlier so a hand mixer works too), a 1 Oz. Scoop (they make the cookies all the same size) and a Silicone Baking Mat (or you can use parchment paper, either one works well, but the mat ends up cheaper in the long run and is definitely more eco-friendly). I know it seems frivolous to buy these things specially if you don’t bake often. I remember back in the day when we really didn’t have the extra money to spend on them (they were much more expensive then) I used to make do with whatever I had. But these days with online shops and big box stores baking equipment has become much more affordable!
But you don’t have to rush out and buy mats, scoops, and whatever. Use what you have or borrow from a baking friend or your mom! Just make sure you use the best ingredients that you can find, that’s the most important thing!
A chocolate chip cookie, the ultimate comfort food. Who can resist them? But do you know its history? Most of us don’t and it’s really quite interesting no matter which version you believe!
For starters the chocolate chip cookie is a true American concoction that came to be quite accidentally when its original baker ran out of Baker’s chocolate, or nuts. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Ok back in 1930 a dietician named Ruth Graves Wakefield and her husband Kenneth purchased a Cape Cod style house in Whitman a town between Boston and New Bedford, Massachusetts. The house was originally built in 1709 and was used by travelers to rest, change horses, have a meal, and pay any tolls needed to use the road. Ruth and Kenneth soon turned their home into a lodge which, with a nod to its past, they named “The Toll House Inn”.
Now Ruth was a skilled baker and soon drew in visitors from all over the northeast. Many came to sample her delicious baked goods. One of her favorite desserts were Butter Drop Do Cookies and her recipe which dated back to colonial days called for Baker’s chocolate. So one day in 1937 Ruth was making these Butter Drop Do Cookies and found herself lacking the chocolate, so she chopped up a bar of Nestle’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate into tiny pieces thinking that the chocolate would melt and spread throughout the dough. When it didn’t the chocolate chip cookie was born! Well that’s one version; another version is she ran out of nuts and substituted the chopped chocolate; still another version claims she accidentally dropped a bar of chocolate into the dough and it broke into tiny morsels. Whatever the version it’s all part of chocolate chip cookie history!
The new cookies were a hit and Ruth called them “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies”. Her recipe was published in news papers all over New England and the sales of Nestle’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate bars rocketed.
Then in 1939 when “Betty Crocker” (she was a fictional character who had a radio show) featured them on her radio series “Famous Foods from Famous Eating Places” the chocolate chip cookie went big time! Ruth being a shrewd gal approached Nestle’s and struck a deal, they could print her recipe on all their semi-sweet bars and later bags in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolates. Lucky lady!
The cookie has become the most popular cookie worldwide and is the official cookie of Massachusetts. As for Ruth and hubby they sold the Toll House Inn in 1966 and it burned down on New Year’s Eve 1984.
So now you know its history. I’m sure you also know many versions of the chocolate chip cookie recipe have popped up, you may even have your own, I know I do! But have you ever tried The Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie? It’s one of our favorites! You can order it for dessert at their Mariposa Restaurant where you get a boxed set of 3 cookies and a recipe card, very cute! Or you can buy the giant sized cookie at their Bistro. And you can also buy tins of them from the Neiman’s gourmet food department at Christmas time. We do all 3! A box of 3 from the restaurant costs $6, the giant cookie at the Bistro is $5, and a tin of them will set you back about $20+.
But Neiman’s is nice enough to share their recipe, remember the boxed set at Mariposa comes with a recipe card. So if you don’t feel like shelling out $5 or more for a cookie or two; or if you’ve never tried the Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie then read on because I’m sharing it today!
Happy Thanksgiving! I know you’ve just finished putting the bird in the oven for today’s big feast. That’s usually how it works at my house, and probably at most of the homes in the country! Anyway, by dinner time I will be so over the turkey dinner and wondering what to make for dinner this weekend. (I’m hoping all the leftovers are gone by then!)
Well I know after Thanksgiving the last thing I want to do is make yet another elaborate meal! I try to stick with something simple without poultry! One of our go to favorites is Chili with Corn Bread. It’s super easy, feeds a crowd, filling, and delicious!
Now I’ve never been a big fan of corn bread, although I must admit it goes great with Chili. But last month we sent my grandson Devon to cooking classes at the community park. On his first day of class he brought home corn bread. I had assumed it was from a mix, you know like that Jiffy corn bread mix you can buy at the grocery store. I’ve made corn bread from that mix, it was barely ok. Maybe that’s why I’m not such a corn bread fan, I’ve never been able to find the perfect one.
Well let me tell you the corn bread Devon made was incredible! No mix for Devon, they made it from scratch! But he didn’t have the recipe. I sent him back the next week to ask for the recipe. They must have had several requests because Devon came home with the printed recipe.
This corn bread is fluffy and light with just enough sweetness. It’s got a more cake like consistency. Oh ya, it’s buttery too!
Now Devon proudly makes this delicious corn bread for our family. We all love it! We serve it with chili, a good fall comfort food when it’s a bit chilly outside! It also goes great with our Sunday barbecues! It will also go beautifully with our Cheesy Chili Mac!
I thought I’d share the recipe with you! I’m sure you’ll love it as much as we do! By the way you can whip this up in less than an hour, and that includes baking time!
2 Sticks butter, melted
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Milk
3 Eggs, beaten
2 Cups Bisquick
1/3 Cup Yellow Corn Meal
1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
Pre-heat oven to 350°
Place milk in large mixing bowl and add melted butter, stir
Add sugar and stir well
Add eggs and stir well
Mix Bisquick, Corn Meal, and Baking soda together
Add dry ingredients to egg mixture and stir until all lumps are dissolved
We are always looking for egg, dairy & nut free recipes for my grandson Jett. He has many allergies making finding treats he can have a problem.
Here is a recipe I found from Sweet Little Bluebird, it’s called Crazy Cake. It uses no eggs, dairy, or nuts. She mixes and bakes it in an 8″ square pan, really easy! She has adapted the recipe to make different flavor cakes.
I used the basic chocolate cake recipe, but made cupcakes instead. Obviously I had to mix it in a bowl to make cupcakes, but the steps are the same, I just had an extra item to wash. The recipe will make a dozen cupcakes. You can frost the cupcake with Oh She Glows‘ 2 ingredient fudge frosting that’s also dairy free.
When making this cake it’s important to strictly follow the directions. Ingredients must be added exactly as described for it to work. I don’t know how it works, but incredibly it does. The cupcakes turned out moist and yummy!
Here’s the recipe!
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Dry Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup water
Directions: You must follow them exactly 1. Place the 5 dry ingredients in a bowl.
2. Mix them well.
3. Make 3 indentations in the four mixture. 2 small, 1 large.
4. Place the vinegar and vanilla in the 2 small indentations and the oil in the large one.
5. Pour the water over all of it.
6. Mix until smooth.
7. Spoon into cupcake pan lined with cupcake liners and bake for 28-30 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. (I use a toothpick to test for doneness)
Cool completely. Frost cooled cupcakes if you like. Click here for Oh She Glows’ 2 ingredient chocolate fudge frosting.
I make these cupcakes specially for Jett, but the family loves them too! To keep them I freeze the cupcakes in ziplock freezer bags and thaw them out and frost as needed.
Panutsa, or also called as “Peanut Brittle” in English Dialect, is a delicacy that is a favorite in the Batangas region of Philippines. It is usually sold in stalls around Batangas and in buses for inbound or outbound trips to the province.
Panusta is very easy to prepare and to cook, even a 5 year old child can cook it. With its very simple ingredients and procedures, you will never imagine that this is a very mouth-watering treat for your family and friends.
This is my version of Panutsa (Peanut Brittle) Recipe, Enjoy!
1 cup peanuts, pealed
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. butter, softened
½ cup corn syrup
1 cup granulated white sugar
¼ cup water
¼ tsp. salt
Grease a baking tray/cookie sheet then set aside.
Heat a saucepan over medium heat, then put-in corn syrup, sugar, water, and salt then stir and bring to a boil. Add peanuts and stir.
Measure the temperature until it reaches 290 degrees Fahrenheit using a candy thermometer, lower down the heat to avoid the sugar and peanuts from being burnt.
Turn-off heat and put-in the butter and baking soda and stir thoroughly.
Pour the mixture on the greased baking tray then arrange then allow the mixture to completely cool.
Remove the mixture from the tray and cut into desired sizes.