Turn on the oven to 375°

Take some flour, some salt and some baking soda.  Mix them in a bowl and put them aside for a bit.

In a big mixing bowl, put a couple sticks of butter, some white sugar, some brown sugar, and some vanilla extract.  Whip that up until it’s creamy.

Drop in a couple eggs and mix that up.  Now it’s a little runny.

Start folding in the the dry stuff in the bowl that you had set aside.  It starts to thicken up and get – well, what other word can you use? – doughy.

Now stir in a bag of chocolate chips.  Maybe a bag and a half.  Some nuts, if you like that sort of thing.

Get your cookie sheet out, and drop spoonfuls of that dough on there and bake them up for 9-10 minutes.

Try not to gorge the raw dough, them raw eggs will do you in.

What comes out of the oven?  I’ll tell you what doesn’t come out of the oven:

  • Flour does not come out of the oven
  • Salt does not come out of the oven
  • Baking soda does not come out of the oven
  • Butter does not come out of the oven
  • White sugar does not come out of the oven
  • Brown does not come out of the oven
  • Vanilla extract does not come out of the oven
  • Eggs do not come out of the oven
  • Chocolate chips do not come out of the oven
  • Nuts do not come out of the oven

(Those last two may be a bit of a metaphorical stretch)

What you have are Tollhouse cookies.

You don’t taste flour, salt, baking soda, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract or eggs. You do taste chocolate and nuts, but they’re integral to the cookie, right?

You don’t taste that stuff, but guess what?

It’s in there.




Author: Paul Krendler

The Thinking Man's Zombie

9 thoughts on “Consideration”

  1. The flour, salt, eggs, sugar, et. al. that don't come out of the oven go to the same place as the missing socks that don't come out of the washing machine.

    Therefor, wearing socks is an important part of cookie making.


    1. And don't forget. The ratios are very, very important. Too much of this? it sucks. Too much of that? It's too hard. AND it sucks. It's both a science and an art. Like a lot of other things out there, I think.

  2. Ooooh! Metaphors, I like Metaphors!!

    I got this one, it means......... nope, I don't get it!

    What the Hell are you talking about? Other than making and baking chocolate chip cookies?

    1. Perhaps you have not considered what the metaphor means. Please reread and think about it.

    2. Once all of the ingredients are mixed together, the individual ingredients may not be obvious, but they're still in there.

  3. I have it on good authority that if you put little rolled balls of shit in there, it's going to taste like shit.

  4. Something else to consider is preparation.

    I learned how to bake beer bread from another blogger, and I've found I enjoy it quite a bit. However, I've had to learn to do certain things. One of which is 'whisk the dry ingredients thoroughly before mixing in the liquid'. I had serious issues with my dough turning out runny like batter before my mother clued me in on what I was missing.

    Still, the last couple loaves have turned out quite well. I think I might bake another one this weekend.


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