Weather: 32, blue skies. Pastor Alaska and the boys did a little snowshoeing today.
What I’m listening to: Worn, Tenth Avenue North
I have an amazing adoptive sister named Amy. She’s been a part of my life for 19 years and she’s one of the very best human beings I know. One summer, I was in my hometown and I was standing in Amy’s kitchen – we were making a batch of cookies together. She walked over to the cupboard and grabbed a small bottle, unscrewed the lid, and poured a little bit of it into the cookie dough. It was thick and brown and suddenly the dough was fragrant and mouth-watering. I quickly dipped my finger in and sampled the dough. Mmmm… good grief, what is that? The secret ingredient was maple extract. Just a smidgin. Amy explained to me that she almost always adds it to her cookies to give them that little extra something special. And special it is. It’s become a bit of a family tradition.
I added maple extract to one of my favorite tried and true chocolate chip cookie recipes and created Amy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re pretty amazing – golden brown, melty, chewy and gooey, with a little crispiness right at the edges – and don’t forget that extra special secret ingredient that takes them over the top. I hope you fall in love with these cookies.