What do you make of this situation… perhaps you’ve experienced it? You work up a cookie recipe. You appraise the out-of-oven results as a bronze medal effort at best. Yet all your co-workers go cuckoo for them like you’ve brought in a basket full of free iPads.
The eaters are satisfied, but the baker is not. What do you do… continue to mess with the recipe, or let it stand as is?
I will admit that the flavor and richness of these particular cookies increased dramatically by the second day. The addition of the cream cheese didn’t do as much to moisten them up the way I thought they might, but a glass of milk or a little bit of coffee was enough to overcome that. And visually, they’re certainly on the high end of the enticement scale. But to be honest, I have an even bigger issue I’d like to share with you.
Above is a picture of the desk just to the left of where I sit at my new job. In the last two weeks, no less than three employees have been stationed there, and every single one of them has requested to be moved someplace else on the first day. Don’t get me wrong… I’m the kind of guy who likes to stretch out when he’s hard at work. Example: I always choose the handicapped stall whenever available. But I have to tell you I’m starting to take this personally. Additionally, I now have no one to throw crumpled up post-its at for late-afternoon jollies. My aim isn’t nearly good enough to hit that girl way over there by the wall. Maybe with a stapler, but a post-it note is just gonna veer to the side like a housefly with only one good wing. Besides, I’m sure she could beat me up.
I think I might be slowly turning into a social pariah. I’d talk to my therapist about it, but he moved to a new office and forgot to tell me where. I’d talk to my sister about it, but she charges more to listen than my therapist. This puts me in mind of the time my mom drove to my elementary school to pick me up, and then inexplicably drove off again before I actually reached the car. Some things… the hurt just never totally goes away.
As I see it I only have one recourse: flood the office with cookies until I win my co-workers over with refined sugar or until the next person who gets that desk becomes so fat so fast that the thought of re-locating their adding machine and “I Hate Mondays” mug just seems like more trouble than its worth.
Cream Cheese Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup Dutch sweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 2 1/2 cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Whisk together flour, baking soda and cocoa powder in a bowl. Put butter, cream cheese and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on medium speed until fluffy.
Reduce speed to low. Add salt, vanilla, and eggs and mix until well-blended. Mix in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop heaping teaspoons of dough onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about an inch and a half apart. Bake cookies for 16 minutes, turning halfway through. Edges should be firm to the touch with the tops still soft. Remove and cool on a wire rack.