There was some drama this week while I tried to prep to make these cookies. I drove all over town looking for a whole vanilla bean and finally found one at Fred Meyer. $12! TWELVE DOLLARS. These better be worth it.
Last week I made the lime bars and that wasn’t enough to feed everyone at work. I’m making up for it this time. This recipe is supposed to make 7.5 dozen!
Part I: Make the cookies
Heavy cream in the dough? That’s a first for me.
At this point the dough was fudgy like other chocolate cookies I’ve made.
My sizing is a little inconsistent because while I used a teaspoon to grab dough, I didn’t level it off every time. Whoops.
That’s clearly not a wooden spoon. Mine has a flat edge, so I grabbed my slotted spoon and used that instead.
Looking good at the halfway point! 10 minutes was the perfect time because that’s how long it took me to roll the dough and press the indentations for the next batch.
Luckily Willow was not really interested in them, so she jumped back down.
I did press them again, I just forgot to take a pic.
I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. This is easy so far!
Part II: Make the filling
What does “split and scraped, pod reserved” mean? This would be a good time to explain, or maybe include a video, Martha! I’m not going to guess and ruin an f’ing $12 bean.
I went to YouTube and found instructions. It was easier than I thought. The video said one vanilla bean usually makes 1 tsp of vanilla extract. I know you can make your own, but why would you? That would cost hundreds of dollars!
You take the back of the paring knife and just press/drag to get the “seeds” which just looked like mush to me.
I’m not sure what that means. I think it’s dissolved once it’s not thick anymore?
That looks done.
Oh, yeah, about that. I bought a food processor. Nothing against the Magic Bullet, but I really did need something bigger. This was only $29 too! It’s normally $99, but I got it at a magical store that sells stuff that was returned to big box stores. Yes, I thought it may be stolen too. They say it’s not. That pan you just saw, that’s the bottom of my new Martha Stewart double boiler. I got it at that store too. $10 instead of the retail $70.
That sieve, set of 3 for $5 at that store. I almost paid $25 at Macy’s the day before.
That was quick! 15 seconds at the most.
Done. Ready to put on the cooks.
This was pretty easy. It was the perfect consistency so it didn’t drip when I was transporting from the processor to the cookies.
I got: 72
Start time: 10:15
End time: 12:30 (2 hours, 15 mins)
Martha’s estimated time: 1 hour, 10 mins (What planet are you on?)
What did I learn?
- The food processor is amazing! I can’t wait to make more things with it.
- Using a vanilla bean is easy, but it felt expensive and wrong. I wonder what it would have tasted like if I used extract.
What do I need to learn?
- What’s the point of the cream in the dough?
- Why did I have to let the cream mixture stand for 20 minutes before returning it to a simmer to add to the chocolate?
The verdict is good. These were worth the time and dishes. Now I’m going to go take my new thumbprints and commit some untraceable crimes.
One last thing. What did you guys think of my new flower prep bowls? They’re Martha Stewart Collection ice cream bowls. I’m not sure how I feel about them.