double chocolate chip cookies

There is a good chance I’ll never be famous for anything. That ‘s not meant to be self-defeating, in fact, I don’t know that I’d like all the attention. I mean, who wants people to follow them around taking pictures of their cellulite, bad hair days and unfortunate run-ins with the law? I’ll stick to my quiet life in which my transgressions (cellulite related or otherwise) are kept mostly under wraps.

For some, fame isn’t a choice, it shows up on it’s own, often uninvited, knocking at your door whether you wanted it to or not. In the case of Diane Smith and her infamous chocolate chip cookies, the news was impossible to contain. After making these cookies for years, in massive amounts, satisfying many a sweet tooth, the probability of this secret staying in the recipe box was as likely as an orange tree producing apples. My guess is, “Can I have this recipe?” is the single most common query she receives. For young brides, mastering these cookies is a rite of passage into their matrimonial duties, and for the single men looking to impress a lady, successful execution could be the very thing that changes their relationship status forever.

Over the years, I have had the delectable pleasure of eating many more of these famous confections than one ever should, but had never made them myself, probably for good reason. Months ago, I baked through a batch with the legend herself, as she gave me tips along the way. On paper they look like any run of the mill chocolate chip cookie, but out of the oven they are nothing short of amazing. The cookies I share with you today are an adaptation of the original but still hold the elements that make this one of the best cookies I’ve ever had. I hope Diane doesn’t mind those photographers hiding in the bushes waiting to see her with chocolate on her face. I’m sure they are just hoping that she carries a dozen of her cookies in her purse at all times. (more…)


June 24, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . baking, chocolate, cookie, dessert, quick and easy, vegetarian, Whole Wheat. 23 comments.

the cookie to end all cookies

I am a strong believer in the power of a cookie. It’s a different type of dessert than say, a cake or a pie. A cookie feels different. Not too fancy or showy, just down to earth, like a friend you can really be you with. You can hold it with one hand, dunk it in milk if you’d like and you can bake two dozen of them in 20 minutes, start to finish. For me, this is the holy grail of cookies, the creme de la creme. With a crunchy outside and a soft center, every few bites giving way to a warm, gooey chocolate surprise. Now add in peanut butter and it’s just about the last cookie I’ll ever need.

There have been many famous cookie recipes floating around for some time now. The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is a good example. I have yet to try them, but they have become quite a cult classic. I’d like to take these two head to head and see who wins. I would put my money on the peanut butter all the way.  (more…)

February 22, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . baking, chocolate, cookie, quick and easy, Whole Wheat. 8 comments.

chocolate sour cream bundt cake

Tartine is an incredible french bakery in the Mission District of San Francisco. They specialize in all things amazing, including, but not limited to, this mouth watering, coma inducing chocolate tea cake.

My sister moved here a few months back, and as part of a “get to know your city” tour, I fulfilled my sisterly duty by taking her around to all the places that would help her get through the stress and loneliness of moving to a new, strange place and since this place is on my essential “go here after a bad day” list, I decided it was a must. click here for the full post!

October 3, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . baking, cake, chocolate, dessert. 4 comments.

chocolate cupcakes

best chocolate cupcake
This week, I have often found myself wishing I always had cupcakes at the ready to give to someone when the urge arises. In the last few days, there have been so many instances where I have wanted to show someone just how much I appreciate them for going way beyond what is expected, and what better way to do that than with a soft, sweet cupcake? The particular cupcake we’re talking about today would make the most appropriate thank you cupcake ever, because it is absolutely perfect. And although I’m not sure that there actually is a way to be perpetually prepared with fresh chocolate goodness in those times of gratitude, for now, a sincere thank you will have to do.

These chocolate cupcakes are the best I’ve ever had . They are seductively moist and they are deeply chocolatey. I would recommend you make them as soon as you possibly can, and maybe carry one in your car, just in case you find someone who deserves a chocolate thank you. click here for the recipe

July 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , . baking, cupcakes, quick and easy. 5 comments.