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Sweet Dreams

A spicer chocolate chip cookie with cinnamon and ginger, a Sweet Dream Cookie gets extra sweetness from rolling in powdered sugar before baking. This recipe comes from my aunt Janie who got it from her retired Swiss neighbor. Janie told me that at one point the recipe was lost in a move, but luckily she remembered giving my mom the recipe years before. Now it’ll be online so none of us have to worry.

These were the chocolate chip cookies of my childhood, and it was usually my job to roll them in the powdered sugar. When I was a freshman in college, my mom sent me a “care package” containing a Ziplock bag of these cookies. She tucked in a sweet little note that ended with “Sorry I fucked these up a little bit.” My roommate, Anna, may have been confused by the language but was very excited about the result. She claimed to prefer them that way, a little thinner and crispier than usual.

Well, I guess you’d be happy, Anna. The batch I just made turned out to be more on the crispy side than I wanted. I think this happened because I didn’t let the dough chill long enough. Or because I flattened the balls a bit after their sugar roll. Or, as I suspect, my oven lies to me about its hotness. It’s a modest oven.

Even though this may not be my dream batch, the cinnamon in them makes the apartment smell very Christmas-y. And they still look good in the cookie jar.  (Thanks Mr. + Mrs. Phillips <3)

SWEET DREAM COOKIES
adapted from Aunt Janie’s recipe, as given to her by neighbor Trudy Pedersen (and, as it turns out, Bon Appetit 1986.  See note at bottom)

1/2 lb (2 sticks) butter
1 1/2 C brown sugar
1 egg
2 C flour
1 t soda
1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t ginger
1 t vanilla
12 oz (package) chocolate chips
powdered sugar for rolling

-Preheat oven to 375
-Cream together first 3 ingredients
-Add dry ingredients and vanilla
-Fold in chocolate chips
-Let chill until dough is firm (apparently longer than half an hour)
-Shape into balls
-Roll in powdered sugar
-Bake 8-10 minutes (8 for normal, 10+ for fucked up/delicious)
-Sweet dreams! *

*Note: Sweet Dream Cookies should not be eaten right before bed, as high amounts of sugar and deliciousness may cause restlessness. Eating Sweet Dream Cookies does not guarantee sweet dreams.  If bad dream occurs, eat a Sweet Dream Cookie and consult your milk carton.

Note for reals:  Wordpress adds additional links to the bottom of the page and recommended a fellow blog that posted about “Sweet Dreams” around this time last year.  Check it out here.

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He insists I do not have to know what “voice” or “angle” I should strive for on here. That I should just start it. This all gets a bit too “Field of Dreams” for me, and I hesitate to move beyond the facebook photo album where the pictures speak for themselves, where you can ask if I cook the potatoes first and I can just tell you. Here, things feel so one-sided and self-important. So, let’s talk, shall we?

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These are THE chocolate chip cookies from the New York Times.  

They can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/09/dining/091crex.html?_r=3&ref=dining

(Wow.  I think I just did technology.  That JUST happened! )

Sooo, on THE cookies (and I hope you’re pronouncing that with a long “e”): Yes you should use cake and bread flours; Yes you must leave them in the fridge for 24-36 hours; Yes you can eat the dough in the meantime because you’re impatient; Yes you might as well substitute Ghirardelli 60% chocolate chips for “feves”; No I did not know how to spell “Ghirardelli” before I looked it up on Google.

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I leave you with peonies and In ‘N’ Out and the hope that you bear with me while I awkwardly piece together this grand experiment.

PS.  And you know I love cupcakes.