Friday, January 6, 2012

Baking With Anna

I am very fortunate to have an amazing group of friends - and with those friendships come their children - an exceptional group of wonderfully talented young people.    I love baking with these kids - we have lots of quality time in the kitchen and it is a wonderful way to bond.

This afternoon I was in the kitchen with Anna.  Anna is an amazing young woman - bright, kind, engaging and a ton of fun to be around.   She is also an avid baker, loves to read cookbooks and as she perused the recipes through various cookbooks we decided to make some cookies.  We went through all the various ingredients that her Mom had on hand in the pantry and come up with "Chocolate Crunch Cookies" which is a sophisticated Rice Crispy Cookie.  Simple to make, sinful to eat - and they didn't last very long.

Chocolate Crunch Cookies
Makes 40 cookies

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter - room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs (room temperatire)
1 rsp vanilla

2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups oats (not instant)
2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Fleur de sel

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time mixing well between additions remembering to scrape down the bowl.  Add vanilla and mix.

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add to butter mixture.  Add oats, Rice Krispies and chocolate chips.

Drop batter on a cookie sheet lined with parchement paper using an ice cream scoop.  Flatten slightly with hand.  Sprinkle fleur de sel on each cookie.  Bake 10-11 minutes and let cool on cookie sheet for an additional 2 minutes.   Put on wire rack and let cool completely to set.

Note:  We didn't add the Fleur de Sel when we initially baked the cookies.  When we tasted them they were very sweet due to the two sugars, the Rice Krispies and the chocolate chips.  We added the salt after the fact and the salt balances the cookie perfectly.  If you like really sweet cookies you can eliminate the salt but we all liked them much better with that addition.

Next time I make these cookies I am going to used dark chocolate chunks instead the the semi-sweet chocolate chips.

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