A special friend of mine called me early this morning. I had just gotten home from my run but my exhaustion was quickly overtaken by Arlaine’s larger-than-life boisterousness.
It seems a group of childhood friends she hasn’t seen in 40 years is having a reunion tomorrow. A bit last minute I thought but apparently invitations went out on Facebook months ago. Endearingly old fashioned, Arlaine is one of the last holdouts with respect to the advent of social media. But a phone call to her mom’s promptly led to a phone call to Arlaine and now everything is set.
It is to be a summer potluck picnic between old friends.
Immediately Arlaine cleared off her calendar. Appointments were swapped out, plans hastily yet understandably re-arranged, and she drove to her hairdresser for an emergency touch-up.
From there, as the colour on her roots was taking hold, she dialed my number to ask if I could make something special for her to bring to the potluck.
If she wants to make a great impression Arlaine hardly needs any assistance from me or from anyone else for that matter. Blessed with down-to-earth charm, approachable eloquence, and a winning smile, my friend will most certainly be the belle of the ball.
All the same, she wanted to bring a deal-clinching nibbly to seal the deal.
Here’s what I came up with.
Chunked Out Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 36 cookies
230 grams butter, softened
144 grams sugar
151 grams brown sugar
335 grams cake & pastry flour
2 grams baking soda
2 grams baking powder
2 grams salt
50 grams pecans, chopped into random sizes, and divided into 2 groups of 25 grams each
50 grams macadamia nuts, chopped into random sizes, and divided into 2 groups of 25 grams each
80 grams of semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided into 2 groups of 40 grams each
80 grams of white chocolate chips, divided into 2 groups of 40 grams each
90 grams of semi-sweet chocolate chunks, divided into 2 groups of 45 grams each
90 grams of white chocolate chunks, divided into 2 groups of 45 grams each
In a large bowl mix the butter, sugars, and egg until thoroughly blended. Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until a dough forms. Divide this dough into 4 equal portions, To one portion add 25 grams of pecans and 40 grams of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Repeat with the remaining pecans, semi-sweet chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, and white chocolate chips so you have 4 different variations of the chunked out chocolate chip cookie.
Form each portion of cookie dough into 9 cookies. Add white chocolate chunks to each cookie that has semi-sweet chocolate chips. Add semi-sweet chocolate chunks to each cookie that has white chocolate chips.
Chill unbaked cookies in the freezer for 30-60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375F.
Bake 10 – 12 minutes.