February 4, 2010

Winging it

At first, seeing that there was no regular white sugar left in the house, I was going to make blondies. Then, feeling a slight aversion to the prospect of melting butter, I dismissed the idea in favor of my trusty old snickerdoodle recipe. That's when something in me decided to experiment and bake something new. So I decided to reduce the amount of oil and replace it with a healthy smattering of Ghiradelli chocolate discs.

Then, I decided to sprinkle in a bit of nutmeg.
Then, upon filling up a cookie sheet and seeing that I still had dough left, I decided to abandon the cookie plan and press all of the dough into an 8x8 square pan to make cookie bars.
Then, I didn't know how long to bake them because they were no longer cookies.
Then, I burned my tongue when taste-testing a corner, before deciding to lower the temperature and let it bake another 10 minutes.
Then, after it cooled, I felt the dense texture I wanted beneath my slicing knife, and I breathed a sigh of relief.

Then, this marriage of chocolate chip cookie and snickerdoodle made my taste buds do a Snoopy dance, so then I knew it was worth all the then's because this was what I had been looking for: Something I'd never made before, familiar yet new - like somebody you feel like you've known forever, but only just met.

These bars taste like they have oats in them, but they don't; they're magical in that way. They taste like a combination of granola bar, chocolate chip cookie, and snickerdoodle. If you like the aforementioned food items, you can't really go wrong with this recipe.

Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodle Bars
1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. light brown sugar
1 egg
scant 1/2 c.vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/3 cup high-quality chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
dash of salt
Extra brown sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 400° F. Mix all the ingredients together until it forms a cookie dough consistency. (No need to separate the wet and dry ingredients - is this recipe great, or what?!) Dough may be slightly oily. Press dough evenly into an ungreased 8x8 square baking pan and sprinkle some brown sugar on top. Bake 10 minutes, reduce temperature to 350° and bake another 10-15 minutes until set.
Serving suggestion: Spread nutella or peanut butter on top while the bars, and serve while still slightly warm, not piping hot.

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