Category Archives: Dessert

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the recipe I always made as a kid. It’s still one of my very favorites. I love the saltiness of this cookie; I feel it really sets off the sweetness and the chocolate nicely and just gives it a more complex flavor. Also, I love the reaction when you tell people the secret ingredient is Miracle Whip!

Yield: 18-24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 rounded tablespoon salad dressing (Miracle Whip)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup nuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream together butter and sugars.
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Whisk together dry ingredients and incorporate into the wet.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips (and nuts, if using) by hand.
  6. Drop by the tablespoon onto lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

(Adapted from a “Listen to the Mrs.” cookbook from the 1980s.)

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Almond Squares

In all honesty I haven’t made this yet. A coworker of Eric’s brought these into the office and apparently everyone went crazy over them. Maybe if I post it I’ll remember to make it!

Yield: 2 – 2½ dozen squares

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 7 ounce tube pure almond paste, grated (small holes)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds, divided

Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325º. Spray 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. Cream butter and sugar thoroughly in large bowl. Add egg yolk and almond extract and mix. Add grated almond paste. Beat well. Add flour and beat until just blended.
  3. Pat batter into pan. Beat egg whites until foamy and brush over surface of dough. Scatter ½ cup almonds over top and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. While still hot, mix glaze ingredients and spread over surface. Sprinkle with additional almonds. Cool and cut into squares.

(From newspaper clipping.)