One would think that for someone who bakes and cooks on a regular basis, the concept of a hot pan coming out of the oven would be second nature. I do not think I have survived a single moment in the kitchen without acquiring some sort of burn. Unfortunately today was one of the worst yet. Once again I had forgotten to take out the broiler pan, as I store it in the oven, before preheating. Before I put the first cookie sheet in the oven I put an oven mitt on my right hand and took the broiler pan out to place it on top of the oven to cool. Where could I go wrong? For some reason that escapes me, I then decide to transfer the pan to my left hand for proper oven-top placement. Needless to say this action was immediately followed by many yelps. Lesson of the day: ALWAYS wear two oven mitts! I could even benefit from shoulder high mitts. Yes I burn myself on my uppers arms despite wearing these heat protectant devices. I have a special talent.
However, the pain is worth it for the interaction of these cookies with my taste buds. One bite distracts me from my still burning hand if only for a moment. I created this recipe as a hybrid between one I found on Allrecipes and another by Alton Brown on the Food Network finished off by a medley of three kinds of “chips”. Ingredients:
1 cup each semi sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with silicone baking mats (parchment paper or greasing works as well).
Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients in three batches until just blended. Stir in the chips by hand using a wooden spoon.
Lightly coat a 1/4 measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray and drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets, about 3 inches apart.
Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 20.
This is as close to instant gratification as it gets!