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I Heart Chocolate Chip Cookies (Hold the Chocolate Chips)

16 Mar

I love a good chocolate chip cookie. Without the chocolate chips, that is. Or at least as fewww chocolate chips as possible. And only if they’re melted, not in whole chip form, if you please. Unlike most people, when the delightful aroma of fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies descends upon me, I poke around for the cookies that appear to have the fewest chocolate chips. That’s right–the FEWEST chocolate chips! Many of you are skeptical. Baffled. You are wondering, Well isn’t she describing a *Sugar* Cookie then? Actually, I am not. Sugar Cookies are made of a different dough than chocolate chip cookies. And it’s much more sugar-y (duh) and not as dense.

Back to my problem with chocolate chip cookies. I’m simply not much of a chocolate lover.  I find that the chocolate usually lends cookies an overpowering richness and super-sweetness I don’t care for. And it’s only getting in the way of the chewy, dough-y goodness of the cookie itself.

So I wonder how many other souls out there are just like me…seeking chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips? Is this how left-handed people feel in a right-handed world?

To be fair, I have to admit that I CAN enjoy a chocolate chip cookie. And the best chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever had was a homemade recipe I got a several years ago that called for Trader Joe’s milk chocolate. I came across this at the law firm I worked at after college. Every so often, the wife of one of our partners would come by midday with a freshly baked batch of chocolate chip cookies. They were  amazingly delicious! I think the reason why I liked them so much is because they were 1) milky, 2) melted, and 3) without the sharp chocolate bursts that overpowers the taste of the cookie dough. yum. Oh, and the recipe called for lard too. I suppose that *might* have been another factor to the smooth cookie goodness.


Star Wars Groom’s Cookies

12 Jul

I got married a few weeks ago, and it was the best and happiest day ever!! Leading up to the wedding, there were a few things I absolutely could not wait to delight my guests with on the big day. One of these was the Star Wars cookies I custom-ordered–Yoda, Darth Vader, and Storm Troopers–as a surprise for my new hubby.

My hubby is a Star Wars fan. I mean, he doesn’t just watch the movies (over and over), he reads Star Wars books too! I knew that Groom’s Cakes are a big trend now. But I couldn’t decide on a design.  Well, one day I was shopping in Beverly Hills, and lo and behold, I saw the super cutest Star Wars Cookie Cutters at Williams Sonoma. I knew it would be the perfect thing to surprise my groom at the wedding! I asked my awesome dessert vendor (Diana Chou Designs) to make these. And they were a hit. Yay! Weddings can get super girly and easily overpowered by all sorts of feminine details and touches. So it was cool to have an element that got not just my hubby, but our macho male guests excited too! And of course, the kids at the wedding were ecstatic to see Star Wars cookies. The Groom’s Cookies were just one part of the larger mini-dessert bar. The bar was supposed to be off limits at the wedding until the cake cutting, but it was impossible to protect from wandering eyes and sneaking fingers. I literally had one guest (my friend Jason Melendez of WedShare) defiantly waving around a Storm Trooper he had grabbed while I was squabbling with another guest caught red-handed at the dessert table. LOL. At the end of the day, I think all that defiance incited by the hands-off dessert policy was a sign that the dessert table was a definite crowd-pleaser 😉