Heartland-style chocolate chip cookies

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Lately I’ve been obsessed with Amy Thielen’s cookbook, The New Midwestern Table – even thinking about cooking my way through it Julia & Julia style. Some of the ingredients and techniques in Thielen’s book are no less exotic than those in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

And she’s such a beautiful writer. I love reading her book in a few stolen minutes in the evenings.

This past weekend, I made her chocolate chip cookies. Barrak had to run to Starbucks to get a tall dark coffee for the one tablespoon of cooled coffee the recipe calls for. As Thielen advises, I made these cookies big so they’d be crispy at the edges and slightly underdone, nice and gooey in the center. There’s one other secret ingredient besides coffee: a dollop of peanut butter.

The family has been gobbling them up at night, after dinner.

Click here for the recipe.




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