You know what I love? A good deal.
My husband calls me cheap, but I prefer the term 'frugal' instead. ;) Now that I have been cooking and baking a lot more, my poor little KitchenAid hand mixer is taking a beating (especially with buttercream for my Wilton classes).
So it was as if the stars aligned when I turned the corner from the garden section at Wal-Mart the other day. There, sitting all alone in the most beat up box I have ever seen, was a clearance priced Sunbeam stand mixer. Original price? $99. Clearance price? $50. When I went through the check out with my sadly roughed up box they took off an additional 10%. SCORE! A new mixer for $45!
Sure, I would LOVE to have a KitchenAid stand mixer but I can't justify the $300 price tag that comes along with it right now. Maybe when we buy our second house I will treat myself to a KA mixer (to hopefully match my someday bigger kitchen,) but for now I am the proud new owner of Sunbeam! I love this thing!
Check her out in all her glory as she works on The Chewy!
So back to the recipe. The Chewy by Alton Brown.
My husband decided I should justify my new purchase with a batch of chocolate chip cookies (he's so sneaky). I have heard lots of fabulous reviews about The Chewy so I decided to give it a try.
The cookie dough seemed a little thin after it was all mixed but it became more firm after it chilled in the refridgerator for a while. After scooping the dough on the baking sheet (I didn't use the very specific scoop that he mentions in his recipe) I decided to cross my fingers and see what happens.
The end result? The most beautiful looking cookie I've ever baked. But the flavor? A little off. My husband thought maybe I over mixed the cookie dough... I suppose that's possible since I did take the time to photograph my mixer while making them ;) Either way, they were good cookies but not the fabulous creation that I had hoped for after hearing rave reviews on The Chewy.