God Is Everywhere and Alton Brown’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Good Morning Everyone!
A very happy Sunday to you! How are you today? Have you ever had one of those moments where your child looks at you and asks a question that you should know… but don’t? I had one of those the other day that sent my mind spinning into a thousand different thoughts. “Mom”, my daughter asked, “What does God look like?”. For a moment I inhaled, about to draw on my intellectual knowledge of God. But then I exhaled saying nothing. Do I tell her the Jewish version of God from which my adolescence was founded upon? That He is some All Creator in no particular location that is everywhere, yet invisible. Or perhaps I should tell her the Christian version of God? She has seen enough crucifixes in her life to know who Jesus is. Like Baskin Robbins’ 31 flavors, I have sampled the religious rainbow and came up short with a concrete answer of who or what God is.
I admit that at times I long to be pious. I envy those people with unshakable faith. I look at people who grew up with one religion their entire lives, with a deep-seeded passion to be just like them. And yet, I’m not. I am a curious being with an unquenchable thirst for learning. I’m hardly satisfied with one answer, and I try to look at things from many different angles. When it comes to religion, I am more apt to stick a “Coexist” bumper sticker on my car, than a Christian fish on my window.
Yet there my daughter’s big, blue eyes stared at me longing for an answer that would suffice for now. “Well… God is everywhere”, I said slowly. She quirked an eyebrow at me listening. I had one shot at this so here is what I told her: Do you know that feeling you get when you’re hungry, but then you eat and your whole body feels satisfied? That is how God is in our lives. He is there all the time. Except most of the time we take Him for granted. We go about our lives, living and loving, dancing and laughing, but we forget that we could be “hungry” in the blink of an eye. Things can happen, (and often they do), where we are left hurting. Our hearts need healing, or maybe our bodies do. And so…. we pray. But God is there in our joys and sorrows. So if you want to feel God, just look around you. Every time the marine layer rolls in off the ocean first thing in the morning and you see a gorgeous sunrise He is there. Every time you wake up to face another day, God made it so. When ever you hear something funny and feel that burst of joy, God knew you would laugh.
“So, does that mean that God knows when you will die?”, she asked. (Did I mention that the apple doesn’t fall far from the curiosity tree?). I rubbed my chin and thought about the question for a moment. Was I afraid to die? At one point in my life when I was younger, perhaps I would have been. And like most people, no… I have no plans of going anywhere for a long, long time. But was I afraid to die? I couldn’t help but think of my grandfather, Papa Pat, when I asked him the very same question. He told me, “when the Big Man Upstairs comes call’in, then it’s time to go”. Like me, he wasn’t religious. He celebrated all of the big holidays, rejoiced in his family and friends, led his life as honest and decent as possible, and gave more than most ever would. I looked down at my daughter and smiled, “Maybe He does. But until that day comes… let’s just have a blast living life together, okay?”. She nodded completely satisfied for now.
I guess I have beliefs after all.
Like the complexity of religion and God, Alton Brown’s cookies have more than what meets the eye. This was the first time I had made a cookie using bread flour. I knew that using it these cookies would come out fluffy. And I’ll admit… I’m not usually a fan of fluffy cookies. But these, I’ll make an exception for! They are deliciously chewy. Think of them like tiny, chocolate chip cookie cakes. Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee, take a bite of one of these and relax. Enjoy this delicious recipe everyone and keep on cooking! ❤
Alton Brown’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields: 2 dozen
- 8 ounces unsalted butter
- 12 ounces bread flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 ounces granulated sugar
- 8 ounces light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat, then set aside to cool slightly.
- Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda onto a paper plate.
- Pour the butter into your stand mixer’s work bowl. Add the sugars and beat with the paddle attachment on medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Meanwhile in a separate bowl, whisk together the whole egg, egg yolk, milk and vanilla extract.
- Slow the mixer to “stir” and slowly work the egg mixture into the butter and sugar. Mix until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds
- Using the paper plate as a slide, gradually integrate the dry ingredients, stopping a couple of times to scrape down the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula
- Once the flour is worked in, drop the speed to “stir” and add the chocolate chips.
- Chill the dough for 1 hour.
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees F and place the racks in the top third and bottom third of the oven.
- Scoop the dough into 1 1/2-ounce portions onto parchment paper-line half sheet pans, 6 cookies per sheet.
- Bake two sheets at a time for 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through.
- Remove from the oven, slide the parchment with the cookies onto a cooling rack, and wait at least 5 minutes before devouring.