I’ve been back from NYC for 2 weeks now, and let’s just say the food in the big city far exceeded my expectations. We stayed in an apartment where we planned to save some money by cooking up a few meals of our own, but in the end, we didn’t use the kitchen once. Not even for eggs and toast.
So given the amount of food I ate in one of the best cities (if not, THE best city in the world), I knew my next post had to be something great.
These cookies were inspired by the boys working at the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop in the East Village. (There’s also a shop in the West Village, along with an ice cream truck rollin’ around town from May-October). It was the best ice cream i’ve ever had. Better than the gelato I had in Italy. Better than anything EVER! I had the “American Globs”, which was soft vanilla ice cream, rolled with chocolate and salty pretzels. Sounds like no big deal, right? WRONG. I had to eat my cone out of a bowl. It was ginormous, sweet, salty, and all other goodness wrapped into one.
So incase you were wondering, these cookies do all of that. Except you won’t have to eat them out of a bowl.
For this recipe, I used my standard Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I omitted the chips, and added cocoa powder. They turn out soft in the middle, but crisp on the outside. Lastly, I added some coarse Irish Sea Salt while they were cooking- and voila. I give you, the Big Gay Chocolate Cookie.
Serves: 24 cookies
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups white flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt (regular table salt)
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- Sea Salt (coarse, any kind- a good sprinkle on all cookies)
Preheat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, beat both sugars with margarine until smooth. Add egg and vanilla extract. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, table salt, and cocoa powder. Add this to large bowl with wet ingredients. Mix. Bake 12 cookies at a time for 11-13 minutes. Add a bit of sea salt over cookies before entering the oven, and sprinkle a little bit more when you pull them out of the oven. (Once they’ve grown into full cookie size from baking).
You may have heard it on the radio… and if you haven’t- you will really soon. Here’s “We come running!” by Youngblood Hawke. This song was everywhere in NYC. (Take me baaaack!!)