Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cookie Monsters

Look closely at the photo----------->

Dad is home from his hospital stay a couple of weeks ago following a recent bad urinary tract infection. He needed 24 hour nursing care at home for a few days while I traveled back from where I was working.  But he is off his medication and is now on his feet and back to a normal schedule (morning and pre-bed nursing aide assistance) though he's going to continue to get spoiled a little bit

This picture makes me smile. On the wall at Dad's is a platter that my Uncle the Boeing engineer brought back from a business trip to Iran back in the late 50's or 60's.   He had told my Dad that it was a serving plate, covered with olives and all sorts of tidbits and they gave him the platter as a gift.  I went to snap a photo and only after enlarging it, did I see someone in the kitchen pilfering a cookie.

As is often the case, when I go to visit,  Dad only had packaged cookies from the store, made out of special Keebler Kevlar, so I will usually make a batch when I pop in for a visit, and cousin L. always brings a big bag up when she visits.

Dad was a little low on chips, sugar and real butter. so for this recipe I added in some sour cream for moistness, and a hint of cardamom and orange zest to accent the reduced dark chocolate.  It made a soft, almost cake-like cookie that Dad raved about.

2 cups flour
1 and 1/2  tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 tsp. orange zest
1/2 cup butter, gently melted so it's mostly  liquid but not hot
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream (not "lite")
1 cup dark chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease it well, even if non stick).

In a large bowl, with a hand mixer, cream together the melted butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Beat in eggs and sour cream until well blended.

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cardamom, stir into the butter mixture. Mix in the orange zest and dark chocolate chips.

Drop dough by heaping tablespoons 3 inches apart on cookie sheets. Bake 13 to 15 minutes, until lightly golden brown.. These will be a soft, lightly colored cookie so do NOT over bake. Let cool on wire rack

Dad didn't get a fancy platter, but after his late afternoon snack of cookies, he did get a small martini and both remotes so he was a happy man.


  1. It's great to read that your dad is back home and doing well!

  2. Those cookies look yummy! And the serving plate, at first blush resembles a SOMBRERO!


  3. You and your Dad are fortunate to have each other. Thanks for sharing.


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