I think I’ve told you before that my family sat down to eat together every night of the week when I was growing up. 5:30pm would roll around and, like clock work, we’d hear my Mom bellow “It’s ti-ime to eat!” from her spot at the kitchen stove.
“Gu-uy’s! C’mon! It’s getting cold!” she’d yell again, when my brothers refused to put down their video game controllers, and I couldn’t bear to tear my eyes away from the latest Sweet Valley High book.
Then my Dad would start clapping and we’d all move it into high gear. That clap – the same clap as the get your butt out of bed it’s time for 8am church! clap – could wake the dead, and he knew we’d do anything to make it stop.
And so, we’d all scoot in and share stories about our day as we devoured the delicious dinner she’d prepared for us. Mac & Cheese, Enchiladas, Ham Loaf (truth), Spaghetti, Tacos… Whatever it was, there was never any leftovers, and after the last fork had dropped on the last empty plate, we paid our compliments to the chef.
“Just excellent, Becky!” we’d praise (my Mom’s name is Shirley…don’t ask! ) and just before pushing away from the table, someone would inevitably say,
“Sooo…what’s for dessert?”
The answer was always the same,
“There is no dessert.”
“DANG!” we’d cry, thinking this time – this time! – would be different. But it never was.
See, my Mom is a cook – a phenomenal cook – who doesn’t really like to bake. Any of the sweet treats that happened to make their way onto the kitchen counter usually came from a box, and were usually made by me in a moment of sugary desperation. Favorites included:
Pillsbury Cinnamon Swirl Bread: Moist, cake-like bread with a thick layer of cinnamon swirl magically tucked in the middle.
Reese’s Dessert Bar Mix: Powdered peanut butter mixed with water and oil then pressed into a tragic little cardboard tray, and spread with a chocolate coating. We’re talking Reese’s Egg peanut-butter-to-chocolate-ratio here, aka Heaven to a 12 year old!
The 2nd Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe in the World: Better Homes & Gardens’ chewy-yet-crispy, buttery chocolate chip cookies.
The truth is, I usually made these chocolate chip cookies for…the dough. The cookies are fantastic, but the dough – omg the dough – is phenomenal. More often than not I’d whip up a batch and never bake the cookies – all I needed was a good swipe of the sweet stuff!
But, you know, there’s that whole pesky, raw-egg thing that kind of puts a damper on the situation…until now.
Friends, what I’m about to show you is going to change your night – nay, your life - chocolate chip cookie dough that’s supposed to be eaten raw: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls!!
Forget chicken breasts…
throw a little eggless chocolate chip cookie dough in your man’s meal and you’re good to go!
Their recipe combines all the ingredients of a regular chocolate chip cookie…
minus the egg!
The result is a perfect hunk of the best part of making cookies – the dough.
Cover those perfect hunks of dough in some melted chocolate and well…
good luck keepin’ these babies around for more than a few days…
Trust me, you’re going to want to get to the kitchen to make these, mmm, NOW!
(PS: I am just now realizing that I never told you what the #1 best chocolate chip cookie recipe in the world is – it’s New York Times’ recipe – life changing!)