The adventures of an American lover of all things French...
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Love at first sight
I can be a bit cynical. Oui, moi. But love at first sight does exist. It’s the love you feel the first time you hold your child. Actually, this may be the purest form of love. I felt it twice. And I have now fallen totally in love with my beautiful granddaughter. Yes, I am a grandmother/grand-mère/mamie/grandma/grammy/mimi/whatever she wants to call me. This little angel came into the world at 7lb 7oz not quite a week ago. And she has stolen our hearts.
Not many moms go into the hospital to deliver a baby knowing what’s in store. We all have a basic plan, be it breathing or epidurals, but it just doesn’t always go the way we plan. This bundle’s arrival ended in a C-section after her mommy labored, labored, and labored some more. As a result, she has a perfectly shaped head.
Mommy is mending, Daddy is doing all he can to keep his girls happy and comfortable, and I (to be named at a later date) am totally in love. She is loved by many. Can you be loved by too many people? Absolutely not.
Life will never be the same. That’s the wonderful news.
I plan to be a Cookie Jar Grand-mère. My own Grandma Bell had a Humpty-Dumpty cookie jar. It’s funny, I do not remember her ever baking cookies. Coconut layer cakes and banana fritters… oh my goodness yes. But I remember that cookie jar. Papa Bell would buy what we Crumbcrushers called Fuzzy Cookies- coconut marshmallow concoctions.
This is the closest image I could find to match the memory in my head. A cookie bottom, squishy marshmallow covered in coconut. Pink and white. I doubt these cookies ever made it into the cookie jar. They were consumed too quickly.
I googled Humpty Dumpty cookie jars to find out if one is out there waiting for me. Oh, one is, but at antique collector prices. I don’t know who got Grandma’s after she gave up housekeeping. Pas moi, sadly. Maybe someday I will come across one (even a knock-off) in a thrift shop. Once can hope, right?
I did make cookies for the now mom while she was still a mom-to-be. She said there is no such thing as too many chocolate chips in chocolate chip cookies.
The dough was pretty tasty.
As were the finished products.
Someday, I will have a little helper helping me make cookies…
Mimi’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes 4 dozen (depending on the size you want them!)
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur’s)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons or 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, if desired
Fleur de sel or other flaky salt, to finish, if desired
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
Beat butter and sugars at medium speed of mixer until creamy. Add vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, on low speed until thoroughly combined.
Gradually mix in dry ingredients, in thirds, until combined. (Towards the end, I usually switch over to a wooden spoon to finish the mixing because the dough is thick.) Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if using).
Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least one hour. (I often leave mine overnight.)
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375˚F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Drop by teaspoonfuls (I use a small scoop) onto the baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, if desired.
Bake 8-1/2 to 11 minutes, depending on how soft or crunchy you like your cookies. I find that cookies baked for about 9 minutes will be crunchy on the outside, but still soft on the inside. Cool for about 5 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Eat a warm one, just to make sure they are pass the test, though.
Bon appétit! Here’s to falling in love, babies, cookies, and all grandmothers!