Alexis’s Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday I made – perhaps – the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had – not counting my own of course Ha! – so I decided that I HAD to share the recipe with you all. The recipe comes straight from the Queen herself – Martha Stewart. The story goes, her daughter Alexis, didn’t like her Mom’s chocolate chip cookies – thought they needed more brown sugar. Martha went into the kitchen and developed these. Fabulous! You can Google these for Martha’s original recipe. The recipe that follows has my additions – or subtractions – from the original. My recipe fits my taste buds. Extra pure vanilla extract, longer bake time, etc.


Alexis’s Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 pound (4 4oz sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 cup white granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 1/2 cups white all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, coated in 1 tablespoon white all-purpose flour

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. For these – only three cookies will fit on your typical baking sheet – so you may need to work in batches. 

In a large bowl cream together the soft unsalted butter, light brown sugar and white granulated sugar until light in color and fluffy in texture. 

Beat in the large eggs. Add pure vanilla extract, salt and baking soda. Combine. 

Gently fold in the white all-purpose flour. 

Fold in the prepared chocolate chips. 

Drop dough equal to the size of three tablespoons into 3 piles on the prepared baking sheets and bake in preheated oven for exactly 11 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. 

Enjoy! 

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Cookbook Corner – Martha Stewart’s Appetizers

Since my soft “blog relaunch” I’m really trying to save my “Cookbook Corners” for WEDNESDAYS (and sometimes for my “Favorite Things Friday” posts) but I just couldn’t resist in sharing this one with all of you today! I love love love Martha Stewart, and I’m really impressed with her new book…

Appetizers Blaise the Baker Cookbook Corner

“Martha Stewart’s Appetizers” By: Martha Stewart

This book is deliciously satisfying, just as the other Martha Stewart books are… It has delicious and fabulous recipes, beautiful photography and an “author photo” of Martha Stewart you have to see to believe. (She has taken in the “Beyonce windblown fan hair” look, and it’s just all around hilarious and awesome).

Martha Stewart is the Queen of Entertaining and is the original hostess. I’ve been a fan of hers for years and years – my Grandma Barbra even before that. This book features more than 200 appetizer recipes, some printed before, but all endlessly delectable AND about 30 cocktail recipes…

The book is divided up into five main chapters, “Snacks, Starters, Small Plates, Stylish Bites and Sips”. It also contains “Golden Rules for Hosting a Party”, “Party Planning” and “Basic Recipes and Techniques”. It’s really a very informative (and fun) book to own.

If you own Martha Stewart’s previous “appetizer” books, this one is different in a way that it brings casualness to the home for entertaining, and I love that approach.

Just some of the delicious recipes included are, “Spiced Nuts” (page 17), “Seasoned Potato Chips” (page 20), “Salty-Sweet Party Mix” (page 28), “Salsas” (page 31), “Seasoned Popcorn” (page 34), “Watermelon Wedges with Feta and Mint” (page 37), “Fried Stuffed Olives” (page 41), “Ricotta Crostini” (page 50), “Puff Pastry Cheese Straws” (page 57), “Guacamole” (page 64), “Pickled Shrimp” (page 76), “Beef and Asparagus Negimaki” (page 84), “Mini Chicken Flautas” (page 95), “Sliders” (page 112), “Wild Mushroom Pizzas” (page 121), “Pull-Apart Lobster Rolls” (page 130), “Ham and Biscuits” (page 146), “Meatballs” (page 152), “Hand Pies” (page 159), “Deviled Eggs” (page 178), “Cucumber and Endive Salad Bites” (page 186), “Classic Canapes” (page 200), “Stuffed Mushrooms” (page 212), “Mini Crab Cakes” (page 217) and “Friend Macaroni and Cheese Bites” (page 228).

Cocktail recipes included!?

Sidecars, Mint Juleps, Margaritas, Bloody Marys, Sparklers, Punches and Daiquiris – among many many more!

If you love appetizers, Martha Stewart, or just amazing cookbooks, I recommend you buy this book…

http://www.amazon.com/Martha-Stewarts-Appetizers-Delicious-Cocktails/dp/0307954625

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. Shout out and special thanks to Blogging for Books for this opportunity. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise