Sometimes things are good in theory but fall apart in practice. Like Communism (and I’m pretty sure this will now get me flagged by the NSA–Hi, poor Government sap who has to read through my pathetic food blog! The Patriot Act isn’t looking so great anymore, is it? Hope you like cookies, because that’s what I’m really going to talk about!). In theory, it sounds good. There are no class struggles, everyone has ownership in production…It’s fair. In practice, though…Well, we know how that’s worked out. I decided to make some Chocolate Chunk Ganache Filled Cookies, because I’d been looking for something to do with a bag of chocolate chunks I’d bought, and came upon an older recipe from Food & Wine that looked amazing.
They look good…For the most part, they taste pretty good, especially if you like super-crispy chocolate chip cookies. But they ended up being rather a pain in the backside.
And really, I have no one to blame but myself. Note: don’t make ganache on a super-hot day in a house with no central air-conditioning, and without at least a window-unit to semi-cool things down, and then be shocked when it begins to melt.
Also, I’ve made enough cookies in my day to know that for cookies this size, 12 minutes at 375 degrees F is a bit too long. Even if you’re looking for a crisp cookie. A few of them came out almost burnt. I like carbon-scoring on most things, but not my cookies. I also went against my better judgment and didn’t line my baking sheets with parchment paper, so a couple of the cookies stuck. The first time I make a recipe, I try to follow the directions to the letter, and then make my changes the next time around. The recipe below reflects my changes, even though I haven’t made these a second time (yet).
Please, anyone who chooses to make them using my changes, let me know if something doesn’t work right.
They were good enough, though, that I polished off about 6 in one sitting, and the remaining ones Jay and the bambino took care of when they got home one afternoon. I guess I can’t complain about that!
In other news, I visited an endocrinologist this afternoon–And got some explanation as to why I’ve been feeling like age 35 was my peak as far as health, energy, etc. My diagnosis of Hashimoto’s is further confirmed by the fact that I have a damaged thyroid, and it looks like it’s got a couple years’ worth of damage to it. My meds have now been doubled in dosage and I get blood work re-done in 3 months. Yay for auto-immune diseases!