Tuesday, February 1, 2011

*Cookie of the Month: Chocolate Chunk-Cherry Cookies* Featuring Jordan Smith

From the Heart
February Cookie of the Month

Chocolate Chunk-Cherry Cookies

courtesy of marthastewart.com


Active Time 25 minutes
Total time 1 hour 20 minutes
Makes about 40 cookies

$-Cost about close to $20 because of the loads of chocolate and dried cherries.  This is before you account for the basic baking ingredients. 

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
salt
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups packed light-brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
12 oz semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (2 1/2 cups)
8 oz. dried cherries (1 1/2 cups).  *I suggest cutting the cherries in half for easy chewing*.


Directions

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Whisk together flour, baking soda, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.  Beat butter and sugars until pale and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla, then flour mixture.  Beat in chocolate and cherries.  Refrigerate dough for one hour.

2)  Roll dough into 1 3/4-inch balls (about 3 tablespoons each), and arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing about 3inches apart.  Bake until edges are golden.  12-14 minutes. Let cool on sheet.  Set on wire racks for 10 minutes.  Transfer cookies to racks; let cool completely.   

Storage:  Cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.

This recipe can also be found in this months Martha Stewart Living magazine on page 172.  Enjoy!


Photo Gallery

Here, I am mixing together salt, flour and baking soda. 
Gabes is saying that he wants too cook.  I gave him the job of holding the vanilla extract.
Mixing butter and sugars together.

Scraping down the sides of the bowl halfway through mixing.
Adding the eggs like a garbage truck at the dump.
Oooops!  Gabriel accidentally spilled his vanilla extract down the drain.  Oh well.  We had more.
Trying not to get my fingers crushed while adding flour mixture to sugar/butter mixture.
Yummy Chocolate and dried cherries.  Dad is busted trying to steal chocolate!
Showing off the delicious chocolate and cherries.
I should give a quick shout out to the lady that grew our cherries.  We bought them at the Davis Farmers Market.
The cookie dough mixture.
OK.  Dough is in the fridge for an hour.  Huh?  Idea!!
Cookin' rockstar waits for his final delishishness.
Jammin' to the beat...in my head.
Can't get up!
Cookie dough is out of the fridge and is ready to be spooned onto the tray. 
Catapult!!!!  Trying to hit Han Solo from Star Wars.
 It takes pure muscle to hold a cookie tray with ONLY one hand.
 Cookie mitts remind me of boxing gloves. I feel like I'm getting ready for a boxing match!
Getting the steamy, hot cookies from the oven.  Be careful!
We had time to play while waiting for the cookies to cool.  I think Sarah is the new Michael Jackson.
I finally get to taste the chocolate chunk-cherry cookie! 
 Isn't family the best thing that you could have?  A cookie can bring the whole family together.


The Cookie Connection

I thought that every grain in the cookie was like a piece life.  When you add the ingredients together, it's very similar to adding another chapter in your own life.  There is always going to be a new ingredient added to your recipe and to mine.  Ingredients totally remind me of life.  What are the ingredients in your life?  I think mine are mostly sugar because I think I have a pretty sweet life.  Is your life filled with salt, or flour, or baking soda, vanilla, or sugar?  It also could have everything mixed together. Cooking isn't just measuring, it's also having fun time with your family and just being spunky. I think for this month this is the cookie connection. Thank you ladies and gentlemen.

Sincerely,

                         Jordan Smith
  

2 comments:

Carl said...

You rock Jordan! You make cookie making into an art form and an entertainment medium. I love the spunky pics and the can-do 'tude...doood.

You make a mean cookie. You can be my cookie chef any time you want. Keep up the good work. I cannot wait for the next cookie of the month!

Jenny Cave said...

Wonderful article and pictures, it's so great to see you having so much fun with this. This column will last a lifetime for you and you may someday look back and see where you got your 'start'. I think you should show this to your teacher! I love the photos and the comments!!

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