Monday, April 27, 2015

The BEST Cookies and Blogging Heroes

Do you ever love a blog so much, that you almost feel like the blogger is a friend of yours? It makes sense, a little bit. Bloggers let their readers into their lives. Sharing personal stories through food is nothing new, but posting it online for the world to see is definitely a more recent invention. You read enough of someone's words, and you feel a sort of kinship with them eventually.

I started blogging mostly to have a place to store fun recipes I'd tried. I started actually putting my heart into it when I discovered Can You Stay For Dinner? A blog by the lovely Andie Mitchell. I became a fan immediately. Andie's posts were so full of emotion and beautiful (if sometimes a little bit sad) stories and accompanied by amazing recipes that truly had a story.

Andie's blog showed me that you could blend personal essay and recipes in a really beautiful and truthful way. I clicked through a Pinterest link because of her mini lasagnas, but I stayed for the stories.

Plus she was ever so graceful and encouraging when I emailed to tell her about my own blog, and all the other times I checked in, feeling like a silly fangirl. She went to college across the river from where I grew up, I felt like we knew the same places if not the same people. Though I was always one of thousands of fans, she always had the air of a friend you're sharing tea and a cookie with whenever I reached out for advice or a listening ear.

Now, her book is doing amazingly well--it's a best seller!--and it seriously could not have happened to a nicer person. I am so excited for her cook book, which is coming out next year. I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't gotten my copy yet, but with an upcoming trip I have an excuse to pick it up in the airport en route to my destination :)

Do me a favor: visit her blog. Read from the beginning. Fall in love with her wonderful words. Buy her book. She's an incredible person and it's amazing of her to share her story with us all.

These cookies were based on Andie's recipe, and the first thing I made from her blog. She's the reason I know what browned butter is and my life will never be the same. I've made a few tweaks here and there (reduced the flour because I like a crispier cookie, threw in some extra goodies) but the soul of the recipe is hers.

Congrats, Andie, you deserve all of the success you're finding right now! <3

The Best Cookies You'll Ever Eat
(via Can You Stay for Dinner?)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup toffee bits

-Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda and set aside.

-Brown the butter: over medium heat, melt the butter and let it cook until it's just begun to brown. It will have a nutty fragrance. This takes about ten minutes but watch it carefully so it doesn't burn!

-Let butter cool slightly, until still liquid but does not burn when touched. With a hand or stand mixer, beat in the brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and maple syrup.

-Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined. Mix in the chips, pecans, and toffee bits.

-Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour to 1 day (Andie suggests 48 hours but she's a crazy person if she thinks I can wait that long). Place the cookies by the rounded tablespoonful on a cookie sheet with a silpat for parchment paper. Bake until golden.


  1. I love the story of your interest in Andie's blog and how you connected with her. And there is no better way to connect than with a plate of cookies - and that's advice you take to the bank.

  2. What a nice story. It's so true that we often feel a connection with someone whose words we've only read and have never personally met. I love getting to know the people behind blogs I love too, and I could certainly go for a couple of those cookies right now, they'd be perfect with my coffee.

  3. Dude she is AMAZING! Soooo super inspiring and she is BEAUTIFUL inside and out! LOVE her!! So glad you shared this!

  4. Awww this post is so great! One of the many things I absolutely love about blogging :)


  5. Oh how I wish I had a plate of these cookies sitting beside me right now. I'm with you on browned butter. It's remarkable stuff. :-)

  6. This is a great post. For me, it has always been Joy the Baker. I feel like I know her after following her for so long. She is definitely by blogging hero. Your cookie recipe is great.

  7. Wonderful post! Will try the cookies too!

  8. I love Andie and these cookies look totally phenomenal!

  9. I've been wondering--how is the work on your own book going? I hope we get to see it soon!

    1. My agent and I are waiting a bit while I build my platform. We had some good leads, but no one signed on. So we're going to regroup in a bit and figure out what our plan is moving forward :)