House Sitting? Bake Cookies.
So, I had a stressful day and all I really wanted to do was focus on something else, specifically baking some chocolate chip cookies. However, I am house sitting and part of me felt wrong using all of their baking ingredients, so I made some minor compromises.
From the start I’m supposed to use 1 cup of butter, I however I only had 5 tablespoons. FYI: 1/2 cup=8 tblsp…so I’m way off. Therefore, I look around and find peanut butter.
I added about 3 tablespoons of peanut butter because I didn’t want to use all of it. Still significantly less buttery material than then recipe calls for, but I’m improvising.
Can’t forget the sugar! 1/2 cup white granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar. I decided it was pest to just cut things in half-ish.
I didn’t use any of the baking supplies…next time I’ll look for them ahead of time. Instead you can just take a fork and mush everything together. So far the butter, sugar, and peanut butter. Also add in 2 cap-fulls of vanilla!
I used 1 cup of flour (at first) and mixed it in.
When I make cookies I like to mix everything together and then put the egg in last because I like to eat lots of the batter. I still eat it after the egg goes in as well, but I like to think in decrease’s my chances of getting salmonella.
However, this is what it looks like without egg, or other moist ingredients other than butter:
It’s sort of a crumb. Still tastes good! If you were to make a coffee cake or something this would be a great place for you to stop because this would make a lovely topping.
There was only one egg in the house, so guess how many I put in. I hope you guessed one, because that is correct. I was worried it was a little dry so I looked at the recipe and saw it called for 2 teaspoons of hot water. I decided to try 1/4 cup warm milk…it was too much. So I added another serving of flour…I’m not really sure how much though.
Still wasn’t right, a bit to watery. More flour!
Looks pretty good now.
Put them on a tray! These are kinda gooey, they ended up baking into each other a bit.
I accidentally didn’t pre-heat the oven properly because I hadn’t pressed “START”. I guess I should have noticed that. But if you do preheat it correctly set it to 350, if you don’t it’s ok it’ll just take longer.
Extra batter?? Give it a hat! Put a plate on top of the bowl before you put it in the fridge. It also makes it convenient to stack things on top of it.
The cookies were in for 23 minutes. They ended up being rather crunchy, I think if I hadn’t left them in so long they would have been a little bit less crisp. As you can see they ended up baking outward a bit and that accounts for the odd shapes.
There’s an old banana here, I think I’ll add that to the left over dough. Why not, right?
So, the cookies were not ideal for me because I prefer soft cookies. But if you like crunchy cookies follow these steps as exactly as you can!
To bad it wasn’t my ideal midnight snack, not all stories have happy endings. However, this one has a banana and a better understanding of the oven. So who knows what will happen next…!
Oh, and another moral to the story: get creative! Try substitutions, maybe they’ll work…maybe not.