Monday, February 6, 2012

My subtle valentine

Unlike me, by husband doesn't like stuff. He doesn't collect anything or have any particular hobbies. This is all fine with me, but it makes gift buying difficult at best. The one thing I know he appreciates is homemade chocolate chip cookies (always with nuts!). With Valentine's Day coming up, I wanted to make him a sweet, but not cutesy, over-the-top gift. Using Silhouette vinyl and glass etching cream, I created the simple "Je t'adore" (I adore you) cookie jar that I can fill with treats he loves all year long.

Cooks Illustrated perfect chocolate chip cookies (with a couple of changes..)
1¾ cups (8¾ ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
14 tablespoons (1¾ sticks) unsalted butter, melted
½ cup (3½ ounces) granulated sugar
¾ cup (5¼ ounces) packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted

Preheat oven to 350, and prepare 2 baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper
1. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.
2. Mix the melted butter and sugars together until fluffy
3. Add the egg and egg yolk and mix until combine. Stir in vanilla
4. Mix in dry ingredients, then chocolate chips and nuts.
5. Scoop out cookie dough into 18 balls and bake for approximately 16 minutes.

Note: In the original recipe the butter is browned, but I don't think this step makes a big difference. For thin, crispy cookies, bake immediately. I made a happy discovery by leaving the dough at room temperature for 1 hour before baking - the cookies turned out thick and chewy and crispy - perfect!

Would you like to make your own cookie jar? Leave me a comment with your email and I will send you the "Je t'adore" file.


  1. I love this! Would love to have the file:

  2. I think maybe we married the same person! And it is so sad sometimes because I LOVE gifts-- giving and receiving. And although I know I would love these cookies, I'm giving up sugar for the month. Bah.
    Hannah at

  3. @ Charity - I'll send you the file! I'm having so much fun glass etching - I'm not going to have a plain glass in the house!

    @Hannah - I gave up sugar for 2 days and it almost killed me. Good luck!


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