Sometimes in life, you fail.
The first time I made hollandaise sauce, I failed miserably. It split into a runny, oily mess and I freaked out. It was nothing short of a temper tantrum.
I also got eggshells in a cake once and figured if I turned up the mixer high enough they would virtually disintegrate and no one would notice. Needless to say, that was also a fail. In case anyone was wondering, white egg shells definitely stand out in chocolate cake.
Golf – I fail at that too. We went out for Father’s Day a few years back and it reached the point where I just picked up the ball and started chucking it down the green. We haven’t been out since.
Now the thing is, as humans, we don’t really like failure all that much. Which leaves you with one of 2 choices:
1. The classic “I suck at this and it’s no fun so I quit”. That’s basically sums up my relationship with golf.
2. The perfectionist “I got this terribly wrong the first time so now I’m going to keep doing it until I rectify the situation”. That’s my attitude toward cooking in a nutshell.
So when I first made these cake batter cookies about a week ago and they turned out like crap, I knew that I would be seeing them again in the near future. See my problem is that I lack patience. I know that you are supposed to refrigerate high-butter doughs like pie dough and brisee and in this case, cookie dough prior to baking so that the butter doesn’t melt right out of them. But I don’t always do what I should (such as getting in the car and driving down the street 2 years before I was even eligible to get my license – I tell you though, the look on my dad’s face as he was chasing after me; priceless).
Thus I had to make them again. The second time around I didn’t just chill the dough, I flat out froze it. Success! See failure is not always such a bad thing, it’s just the beginning of greatness!
Anyways, once you get the dough nice and cold you can shape it into cookies. For batch #1, I tried a new trick, making little “cookie soldiers” in hopes of reducing spreadage (don’t you just love making up new words?). Although I’m not sure it was as effective as I hoped it would be. Another mistake I made (which I seem to make every single time I bake cookies…maybe I should get the message here soon!) was putting the cookies too close together. Do what I say people, not what I do, space them out! Batch #2 I portioned with an icecream scoop and actually left enough space so that when the cookies spread, they didn’t touch! VICTORY!!! Bake at 350F for 10ish minutes (depending on your oven). I managed to avoid making them crispy too! Cool and enjoy my friends!