Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.
Today: An adaptable chocolate cookie recipe for instant friend-making.
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There is no better way to make friends than to show up somewhere with chocolate cookies. That is why I was so excited to see Deep Chocolate Cookies with Milk Chocolate Chips, which combines two forms of chocolate and a very straightforward technique.
But then I read the head note, which spoke of orange and chocolate, before moving on to the orange-free recipe and I confess I was distracted, sort of the way one might be if promised an evening at a rom-com and then removed to the opera.
But then something funny happened: I realized I was out of vanilla, and substituted an equal amount of Grand Marnier in this recipe, which offered a very subtle hint of orange to this exciting little batch of dough. It is bread-like, in fact, in your mixer, but do not be alarmed. My cookies took closer to 12 minutes to bake so just be aware. Bring them to work. People will overlook you blowing deadlines.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).