Posts Tagged ‘homemade’

Double Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

April 20, 2010

Butter + Butter Flavored Crisco = the-best-cookies-you-will-ever-eat. Seriously.

My mother is actually a very gifted baker.  For several years before I started school, she ran a gift basket business that featured here home-baked delicacies.  In my opinion she and my grandma share the blame for my uncontrollable love of butter… fodder for my (fictional) therapist, I suppose.

By far the best recipe she developed during this time were her chocolate chip cookies.  They are chewy, but a little crisp,  and PACKED with chocolatey goodness.  As an added bonus they will stay moist for at least 4 days (probably longer, but they never last that long) and the dough freezes quiet well.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup butter flavor Crisco (at room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips (can also mix 1/2 bag semi-sweet & 1/2 bag milk chocolate)

What you’ll need to clean up

  • Mixing bowl
  • Egg Beater (or mixer)
  • One mixing spoon
  • Two baking sheets

Step One: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Step Two: In a large mixing bowl, cream Crisco, butter, eggs, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla.

Step Three: Gradually add flour, baking soda, salt.

Step Four: Mix in the chocolate chips

Step Five: Use a small – medium cookie scoop (2 tablespoon balls) and place rounded balls on cookie sheet.

Step Six: Bake 8-10 minutes (if air bake: 9:30 is perfect).  Remove when golden (and still a little ‘wet’ in the center).  Leave on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

*if over baked, put into an airtight container with a couple slices of apple for a couple of hours and they will be moist a delicious once again 🙂

Eat Hearty

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Who is Grandma Millie?

March 22, 2010

Just to clarify things.  I am not Grandma Millie.  My name is Kyle and I’m 26 living in NYC.

The obvious question:

“Kyle, why did you name your blog ‘Grandma Millie’ if, in fact, you are neither a Grandma nor named Millie?”

I’m glad you asked.

Millie on the Slopes

Example of Millie Coolness: Skiing at 70--

Who is Grandma Millie? My grandmother.  I grew up cooking with my Gma from the age of .5 (I have pictures playing with cookie dough as a toddler).  I would be thrilled if — at age 70something — I am as inquisitive, adventurous, and generally cool as my Grandma Millie.

Why the blog? As I said above, I grew up cooking with Grandma — some of my best memories happened in a kitchen (I’ll probably share more than one in this blog), but once I started college I became a big fan of the over-priced foodie restaurant… you can imagine what happened when I moved to NYC from Kansas.  Let’s just say the credit card got a lot of use, and the wardrobe went up a size.

Now that I’ve been in New York for a couple of years, and found a career I enjoy, I’ve taking up cooking (and more importantly BAKING) again.  I enjoy it in-and-of-itself, but more importantly I enjoy the challenge of making a tasty baked treat or home-cooked meal in my tiny apartment in Hell’s Kitchen.  Successfully baking a cake, cookies, etc. in an over that looks like a Fisher Price toy brings a feeling of triumph I can’t even begin to describe.

So I want to share the experience.  I find myself teaching my friends how to make simple, quick and [somewhat] healthy meals all the time, and so I thought “why not put the recipes online and provide some easy to understand instructions.”

So that’s what this is… me sharing my recipes and maybe a story or two in an effort to get more young professionals out of the bistros and into the kitchen… at least a couple times a week.  If your grandmas are HALF as thrilled about you cooking for yourself as mine is, it’ll be well worth it.

I’m not a chef. Nor am I a nutritionist. With those things in mind, I hope you enjoy.  Eat Hearty! 🙂