I like to make cookies. Well, I like to eat cookies, and unless I want to eat stale store cookies, I get to make them myself.
The problem is, I’m only good at making one type of cookie: chocolate chip. So I make those a lot. Last night, however, I was feeling adventurous and hungry for peanut butter, so I decided to make some of my mother’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirls. Here’s what they’re supposed to look like:
(photo swiped from wchstv.com)
Okay, just kidding. That’s a cow pie. But that’s how I felt about my cookies last year.
And yet, something possessed me to try again. They’re tasty, what can I say? So, having learned from last year’s mistakes, I scrupulously avoided over-refrigerating the dough, pulling it out at exactly the recommended 30 minutes.
It was still a disaster. Not as big a disaster, but here are some pictures of my actual cookies:
Those are typical. Now here’s a picture of my very best looking cookie:
And HERE is what you do if you want to make even ugly cookies look good: stack them in a pyramid and put them on a pretty plate. Ta da!