Hilde's Killer Cookie Recipe
for all our fans
Las Galletas del Diablo
"I'm not reading your manuscript until you send the damn cookies"
-- Allyn Johnston, Editor, Beach Lane Books
(Editor tested, writer approved.)
1 cup of unsalted butter or organic shortening (I use Earth Balance to make this vegan).
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of sugar (I use cane juice sugar)
1/4 cup of Vanilla Silk Soy Milk (not regular- the vanilla is key)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 1/4 cups of unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cinnamon- my secret ingredient
12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips- I personally use more like 16 ounces or 20 depending on my mood- usually 20.
2 kids- preferably cute
1- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, put two chairs in front of oven for proper viewing or kids can sit on floor. In order for this recipe to work, you must have noise, kids running around in the kitchen and the dog barking.
2- Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Slowly add Silk, cream well, then add vanilla. Kids will stop running to be part of this step. Use can use a mixer on low speed and kids as manual labor.
3- Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, then fold in the chocolatechips. Answer the phone and trip over the dog. (I find that when I do this, my batch turns out magnificent).
4- Freeze dough mixture for about 30 minutes. Then make small balls on cookie sheets. Kids will be on hand to help with this step, every time. When I don't use them, the cookies aren't as yummy. (Yours were a quite yummy because both twins helped.) The recipe says to line the sheets, but I don't. I also use my Pampered Chef scoop for perfectly shaped cookies. (Medium scoop makes larger cookies. Small scoop works great for mini bites, like when you have kids and you want to limit the sugar overload).
5- Recipe says to bake for 8-10 minutes, but I keep a close eye on them because you don't want to burn the bottoms, and you want them gooey on the top without becoming "crispy." So, I plop the kids in front and they watch the cookies. Way more effective than a timer. The phone must ring at least 6 times and usually I answer about 3 emails, do the dishes and throw a load of laundry in between freezing the dough and watching it 3 to 4 cookie sheets bake.
6- Now, the most, most important part- make sure you have milk- any kind on hand, the two kids, and lots of napkins. EAT as many as you can. You know it's a good batch when there are none left or when a potential Editor won't open your MS until she gets the recipe.
You must double the recipe (not the kids). No matter what, you will never have enough cookies. People can smell them from miles away it seems and somehow everyone knows when I'm baking.
Do not use the electric mixer to mix dry and wet ingredients together or you will get cookie crumbles and want to pull your hair out. (Been there, done that and it wasn't pretty.)
You must freeze dough for perfectly looking cookies. (But don't forget the dough. I once found it three days later. Don't remember why. I think the phone rang and then I had to go and write a book or something).
Use as many chips as you can get away with and you can do any type of chip: semi-sweet, dark, peanut butter, white chip or even carob. My best friend calls them a bunch of chips with some cookie.
In fact, I will often separate batch into two halves and add different chips depending on the crowd. My husband is hoping to make partner one day with my cookies because his boss loves dark chocolate chip cookies I make for him, but for my husband who has dairy, nut and chocolate allergies, I make carob cookiesand he says they are exquisite.
If you aren't multi tasking, the recipe doesn't work as well. It seems that I bake while emailing, washing dishes and feeding family at once.
This recipe was on the back of the Silk Soy Milk Container 12 years ago and it is my signature baking item and most requested by everyone who knows me or even strangers that just met me at a conference, like you... Seriously, we had a fundraiser at my kids' school and I got pimped out to sell cookies and once someone posted on Facebook that they were really good and someone in New Zealand replied that they agreed. Yes, they had made it to NZ with my tupperware.