Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Salty Sesame and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Randy's fifth love is ice cream, specifically Dutch Chocolate made by Blue Bell.  Me, well, just to be sociable, I went through an ice cream phase, too.  However, cookies are my fifth love.  Randy and I trying to be adult about our fifth loves and working, quite successfully, to enjoy them only on the weekends.

I was perusing last week in a quest to find a new cookie recipe for my sweet treat for the weekend.  I had narrowed my choices down to two recipes.  One was Brown Sugar Cookies, the other contender was Salty Sesame and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I wavered on the decision like Whirled Peace was solely in my hands.

The Brown Sugar Cookies were normal, everyday cookies.  The Salty Sesame and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies, however, had two not-so-normal ingredients.  Of course, the first odd ingredient is the sesame seeds.  The second one was really, really, really beyond normal.  For a cookie.

I was forced to make a decision on our Friday trip to Harp's to get our weekend treats.  I decided to throw caution to the wind and make the Salty Sesame and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Sometimes, I just have to let loose and be spunky.

The recipe calls for black sesame seeds.  Since the grocery stores in town didn't have macadamia nuts the weekend I was baking white chocolate chip and macadamia nut blondes, I seriously doubted being able to find black sesame seeds.  I ended up toasting regular sesame seeds and I don't think I was missing a thing.

Beat about three-quarters of the living heck out of the butter and the sugars ...

... Add an egg and a half and beat the remaining quarter of the living heck out of the mixture ...

... Add the vanilla ...

... Here it is - the secret ingredient.  Soy sauce ...

...  I took a deep breath and poured it in.  I like cookies and I like soy sauce.  Win. Win.  Mix on medium until combined ...

... Add the dry ingredients and mix well.  Amazingly, the recipe also calls for salt.  I debated adding it in, but I then remembered how spunky I was feeling that day, so I added the salt ...

... Add in the sesame seeds ...

... And the dark chocolate chips.  One cup didn't seem near enough, so I added a few more.  There was only a few left in the bag.  I knew I would eat them one way or another, I tossed them in as well.  Mix with a spatula ...

... Roll in more sesame seeds and bake.  I took a short-cut here and 1) didn't chill the cookie dough and B) didn't take the time to roll them in nice even and pretty balls before covering them in the sesame seeds.  The cookies did not suffer from this omission ...

... Bake until lightly browned on the edges, cool and eat.

Delicious.  I am not sorry at all that my reasonable and rational calm demeanor was overruled by my spunky side.

The only thing that I am sorry about is that I have a feeling that no matter how many times I vacuum and dust, I will be finding sesame seeds for a very long time.

For the curious, here is my list of Randy's five favorite things, followed by his list of my five favorite things:

Ice Cream

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Here is the link to the recipe on

Have the BEST day ever!
~ Dorothy

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