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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Thrift Pile Part 3 and The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies ever!

Here is part 3 of my infamous Thrift Pile Redo's, and for dessert a cookie recipe that rivals all my Toll House recipe versions. 

Here is the finished skirt, I decided to do the same thing to mine as I did for my daughters' But this skirt started as a gored skirt with a fitted waist  that just didn't fit me, so by ripping out the invisible zipper, chopping off about two inches off the top, serging the top edges, and then laying the band on top of the edges, evenly distributing the gathers around after pinning. 

The remnants from the waistband
With the leftovers I made a headband.  So simple, the waistband had an interfaced layer,  I simply tried it on, measured the piece of elastic at the back, then sewed elastic on the ends, turn right side out, folding over the edges, and it's done!

Modeling the headband with my hair newly dyed to cover the gray springy pieces...
The 4RS, Recycle, Repurpose, Renew and Redo! My next installment is a super easy summer tote, from that 60's inspired neon print skirt! Stay tuned!

I have been baking for probably 50 years, beginning as a toddler as I learned that licking the spoon was the whole point!  Well in most of those years, making our favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies, I used a variation on Toll house, adding more brown sugar, less white, and horrors -margarine, or a combo with butter.  As the years have rolled on, I have been less satisifed with how they turned out, thin, gooey, but too soft hours later, when they felt like they might be stale.  I researched a bit on allrecipes.com and tried a few new ones.  Voila!  The best one I bookmarked and have been so happy, we have been baking mass quantities of them.  Recipe follows here. 

Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie - Allrecipes.com

Submitted By: ELIZABETHBH    Servings: 18 Big cookies!

"These cookies are the pinnacle of perfection! If you want a big, fat, chewy cookie like the kind you see at bakeries and specialty shops, then these are the cookies for you!" My sentiments exactly!


2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 egg

1 egg yolk

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.

4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2010 Allrecipes.com Printed from Allrecipes.com 5/28/201

Try this recipe out, and follow the scooping directions to make super size cookies.  Your family will make this their new favorite!

1 comment:

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

ooooohhhh the cookies look good! I am going to have to try them!

I love how you repurpose things.

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