Oh, the Joy…

25 Sep


…of browned butter chocolate chip cookies.

They are grand. They are the creation of a blogger far more successful than I, Joy the Baker.

I feel like I have been hovering around a lot of success recently. It’s pretty neat. My fwife’s husband Eric Lundgren’s book, The Facades just came out and is getting a lot of attention. Rightfully so, I started reading it and am thrilled to find out that he is an amazing writer. Joel won the pie contest. A friend got a kick-ass new agent and manager. Another friend got a pilot. I’m also enjoying the recently published second cookbook by Greg Henry of Sippity Sup. I know we just met the once, Greg, but can I call you at least a blogger chum?

All these things happening around me.

It makes me happy. I have felt oddly calm recently. I can’t help but feeling like my time will come. Or should I say I will bring it to me?

The thing is, it occurred to me that I do not want to be the person who knows a lot of people. I would like to be A Person To Know. Not so much for my ego but because I love what I do and would like to do it better and more. I want to make my parents proud. And a little for the ego. I’ll be honest.

I feel like I make progress. I chip away, and year by year my auditions get to be of a higher caliber. I finally booked a national commercial this summer. Once in a blue moon I get paid to write. And so on. But I have soooooo much more to accomplish. Sometimes I feel like I have reasons beyond my control for why it takes so long.

It is all well and good to have legit excuses, but that does not change the fact that I am where I am, and I want to be better.

I don’t know why I am rambling like this and where I am going with it.

I should eat a cookie.

By the way, go on and get Joy’s cookbook. She deserves her success.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Joy the Baker’s eponymous cookbook
1 cup + 1 Tbsp. butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. molasses
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 1/4 cups flour
Put 9 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan and heat over medium. It will sizzle and burble as it melts but fret not. Just swirl the pan periodically. Keep a close watch and as soon as it gets a nice caramel color take off the heat and pour into a bowl so it stops cooking. Those little bubbly browned bits on the bottom of the pan are delicious, be sure to scrape them out too. Let cool a bit.
In another bowl cream the other 8 Tbsp. of butter with the white sugar. Beat in vanilla and molasses. Beat in browned butter and brown sugar, then the egg and yolk. In another bowl whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda and then stir into rest, bit by bit. Then add in chocolate chips. Cover with plastic then out in the fridge about 30 or more minutes.
Preheat oven to 375. Grease a cookie sheet (I like to use the leftover butter on the wrapper of the butter I used). Make balls of dough and put on the sheet. You’ll probably need a couple sheets but I recommend baking them one at a time. Cook about 6 minutes, then rotate sheet front to back. Cook about another five, then check regularly until the are nicely browned but still soft. Cool five minutes on the heet before trying to remove them to rack to cool more. Or if hot chocolate is your thing (I only like it cold. Yeah, I know.) dig in.

13 Responses to “Oh, the Joy…”

  1. Sabrina Bolin September 25, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    And to this, I leave you with my longest comment ever – the “Three Feet from Gold” story from Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

    My dear, YOU are only Three Feet from Gold. Keep digging 🙂

    Story below:

    “One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another. An uncle of R. U. Darby was caught by the “gold fever” in the gold-rush days, and went west to DIG AND GROW RICH. He had never heard that more gold has been mined from the brains of men than has ever been taken from the earth. He staked a claim and went to work with pick and shovel. The going was hard, but his lust for gold was definite.

    After weeks of labor, he was rewarded by the discovery of the shining ore. He needed machinery to bring the ore to the surface. Quietly, he covered up the mine, retraced his footsteps to his home in Williamsburg, Maryland, told his relatives and a few neighbors of the “strike.” They got together money for the needed machinery, had it shipped. The uncle and Darby went back to work the mine.

    The first car of ore was mined, and shipped to a smelter. The returns proved they had one of the richest mines in Colorado! A few more cars of that ore would clear the debts. Then would come the big killing in profits.

    Down went the drills! Up went the hopes of Darby and Uncle! Then something happened! The vein of gold ore disappeared! They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was no longer there! They drilled on, desperately trying to pick up the vein again-all to no avail.

    Finally, they decided to QUIT. They sold the machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars, and took the train back home. Some “junk” men are dumb, but not this one! He called in a mining engineer to look at the mine and do a little calculating. The engineer advised that the project had failed, because the owners were not familiar with “fault lines.” His calculations showed that the vein would be found JUST THREE FEET FROM WHERE THE DARBYS HAD STOPPED DRILLING! That is exactly where it was found!”

    • Ellen September 25, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

      I’ll keep on drilling! Thanks for the extra words of wisdom, m’lady!

      Sent from my iPhone


  2. Wishful Whisking September 27, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    Love anything with browned butter! They look great…mmm!

    • Ellen September 27, 2013 at 2:18 am #

      Browned butter is magically delicious! Thanks for stopping by to comment:)

  3. Ameena September 28, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    A national commercial! That is great news…do we get to find out which product it’s for? I’ll look for you. 🙂

    • Ellen September 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

      Well I signed a non-disclosure agreement, but I’ll tell you when it comes out! I’ll surely post it on the blog too, self-promotional nerd that I am…

      Sent from my iPhone


  4. sippitysup September 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Yes chum… GREG

    • Ellen September 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      Woo-hoo! Thanks, chum:)

  5. Sarah | The Sugar Hit October 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    These cookies look awesome – keep going. The difference between achieving your goal and giving up, is just giving up.

    • Ellen October 2, 2013 at 12:19 am #

      Thanks Sarah! I love the words of wisdom, and I shall persevere! And in exchange, I do hope you’ll have a cookie;)

  6. Kate@Diethood October 2, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    Congrats on all the success!! And everyone else’s success! I loooove hearing things like this. GO ELLEN! WOOOOOOOT!

  7. Kate@Diethood October 2, 2013 at 12:37 am #

    P.S. Share the commercial video on here once it’s LIVE! 🙂

    • Ellen October 2, 2013 at 1:02 am #

      Thanks!! I will do that. And thanks stopping by to say hi:)

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