January 20, 2009

An Extraordinary Chocolate Chip Cookie?

I'm taking a slight detour from the light recipes today. Why? Well, because the other day I was browsing through the collection of cookie recipes that Anna at Cookie Madness has amassed. I love browsing her recipes and checking out the new ingredients she's tried - recently she tried using agave nectar as a sweetener. She's even won some cooking contests with her original recipes.

So, as I was browsing her categories, and when I saw that she had made 73 different chocolate chip cookies I was drawn in to reading as many posts as I could. The one that caught my attention was her post on Gold Medal's Extraordinary Chocolate Chip Cookies. She found the recipe on the back of the package of flour, but you can also find it HERE.

The recipe was simple enough, and really nothing all that unusual about it. My usual recipe uses primarily brown sugar, while this one also uses granulated white sugar. As with Anna's cookies, mine also turned out a bit flatter. In spite of that, they were quite tasty and got a thumb's up from everyone in my house. We liked the crisp edges and soft centers, but I'm not sure that they will replace Martha Stewart's version that I made last year. These cookies held up well in an air-tight container for several days... but, I did freeze a majority of them so that I would keep nibbling each time I walked by!

If you haven't visited Anna's blog, please take some time and go visit. She shares some incredible baking recipes as well as useful baking tips.

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Anonymous said...

This is so interesting because I just had a comment on my blog today about a cookie recipe I recently posted, which ends up being very similar to this in ingredients. My friend DeLynn went to North Carolina to visit her friend Lisa several years ago. Anyway, they experimented all weekend and DeLynn came back home with this recipe (or similar too... baking time is different... less vanilla and less choco chips). Either way, the commenter told me I need to check my sources.
So... that brings up my question, which I'm just saying out loud. Who is to say a recipe is someones own recipe? If you tweak it one way or another, does that make it still theirs? If my source was my friend DeLynn, doesn't that make her my source for the recipe? Blargh - just talking outloud this morning :)
Love Anna's blog too - she has some great cookie recipes!

That Girl said...

These look like the cookies my mom used to make growing up.

LaDue & Crew said...

I've often wondered about that too, Kristen. However, I think it is possible, in this land of a gajillion people :-), that it's quite possible more than one person can come up with the same recipe. Sometimes I have had ingredients just pop into mind, put them together, only to find out later it was already in written form somewhere. My thought is if you play with it, tweak it, adjust it, etc, while a variation of another, it still may be called your own.

So to me, these are now Patsy's cookies because I found them here, lol...

Patsyk said...

Kristen - I totally understand what you are saying on this. I have often wondered how much tweaking is required to make a recipe your own. I figure if I fiddle with measurements and add or take away ingredients, then I can call it my own.

Ladue&Crue - you are too funny! I am the same way, wherever I find the recipe is often who I credit as the source... in this case I found it at Cookie Madness, who found it on the back of a Gold Medal Flour package!

ThatGirl - your might have since the recipe has probably been around for awhile on the flour package!

Anonymous said...

That comment got to me for some reason this morning. Sorry for the vent here... probably because I am thin skinned :) I'm not out to steal anyone's credit, but where ever I find a recipe... be it a blog, a magazine, a friend... that is MY source for the recipe. I'm not going to call a seance with my Grandma to find out if her Chicken & Noodle recipe that has been passed down is really her recipe, or if she got it out of a cookbook. To me, it is my Grandma's recipe.
Anyway, once again, sorry to deviate :) I'm just thankful to have this recipe in my repitore as my family loves it!

Dragon said...

I love any blog that has 73 different chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

Jenny said...

Great looking cookie Patsy, I love Anna's blog too. I'm ready to do some baking now!!

Irene said...

Wow, 73 different chocolate chip cookies!!! That's quite a feat! Ah, the people who suffer so we can have the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe... :)

Deborah said...

Wow - I knew there were a lot of chocolate chip cookie recipes out there, but I've never known someone to make 73 different versions!!

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