Now that I am like so totally annoyed that I have to search the actual internet for recipes, I decided to make something easy for my return to baking.
(Photo courtesy marthastewart.com)
I went to marthastewart.com, tapped Food, tapped Dessert Recipes, tapped Cookie Recipes, scrolled, THEN FINALLY found this one. So. Much. Work. (bring back the app!)
Step 1: Gather ingredients:
Cookie Dough: flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, salt, egg, light brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate.
Brownie Batter: flour, salt, eggs, cocoa powder, butter, sugar, bittersweet chocolate
OMG, Nate, you are so smart! Start with something easy like brownies and you’ll get back in the swing of things!
Step 2: After raging for a bit about the number of prepped ingredients, start with the cookie dough. Beat butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
Aw, I missed my mixer.
Step 3: Whisk together, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Easy. Feeling good, feeling good.
Step 4: Beat in egg and vanilla.
It’s all comin’ back, it’s all comin’ back to me now.
Step 5: Gradually add flour mixture.
Step 6: Stir in chocolate.
DONE! With that part.
Step 7: Melt butter and chocolate over a double-boiler.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I think I’ll just eat this. I heard it’s an antidote to all the whining I’ve been doing.
Step 8: Whisk in the sugar.
Sugar pourin’ like waterfalls!
Step 9: Whisk in eggs, one at a time.
I forgot to mention earlier that while rinsing my eggs, I crushed one in my hand. I didn’t even know my own strength! RIP egg.
Step 10: Whisk in cocoa powder and salt.
It was the millionth time I switched between my camera and the Safari app and the recipe page refreshed itself for the millionth time (did I mention I want my app back?). I started to get tired and cranky here. Things got a little messy.
Step 11: Stir in flour, just until incorporated.
Crap all over my counter and (not pictured) the floor.
Step 12 (TWELVE!): Spread the batter in the bottom of a buttered and parchment-lined pan.
I would have written a step (like I need another step!) for the pan prep, but I forgot to take a picture of it. It’s been a while, OK!
Step 13: Crumble cookie dough evenly over batter.
OK OK, looks pretty good.
Step 14: Cover with parchment-lined foil and bake for 20 minutes.
Oh, Martha. You are one funny lady. And a lucky one. I just happened to have some Martha Stewart parchment-lined foil that I’ve been hoarding for years. You are lucky I never went full KonMari on my kitchen!
Step 15: Remove the foil and bake for another 25 minutes.
Coming along (and smelling) nice.
Step 16: Remove and let cool completely in pan.
It looks overdone. Is it overdone? Oh no, I took it out of the pan too early and the corner broke off! People are going to hate it. I’m going to be shunned.
Phew! It looked great. It tasted great. I’m happy!
I got: 24 (I cut smaller)
Start time: 8:10 PM
End time: 9:52 PM (1 hour, 42 mins)
Martha’s estimated time: 2 hours, 15 mins (obviously she baked in proper cooling time)
What did I learn?
- You don’t lose everything you learned over time.
- Don’t be selfish and let it cool before cutting (and tasting).
- I need some plates or a board to contrast my white counters.
What do I need to learn?
- Who is here reading the blog?
- Do you want more?
- Should I keep paying to maintain the blog?
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