|That dog likes heights|
I was doing my schoolwork today and saw my little brother, who obviously didn’t have anything better to do, sitting around. (Sorry the picture to the right isn’t the best.) So I came to his rescue by telling him I would like chocolate cookies with maybe some sort of filling.
“I don’t know how to make cookies.” Was his excuse.
“Well learn.” Aren’t I helpful?
I have a way of selling people on “delicious, mouth watering chocolate cookies with rich and creamy vanilla icing.” Eventually, he caught up to me as I was coming out of my room.
“I’m ready to make the cookies,” he said.
“Good, I’d like chocolate ones. Oh! And if we have chocolate chips, that’d be good too.”
“Um. I thought you were going to teach me.”
I told him to find a recipe. But when he asked me where he could find a cookbook (there’s a huge bookshelf in our front room, you can’t miss it), I realized we’d need more help than I thought. But, genius that I am, I thought up a brilliant idea.
“Go find a box of chocolate cake mix,” I said, then left him in the kitchen with a confused look on his face. A minute later, I returned with a proud grin, a cookbook in hand, and a crooked chefs hat on my head.
On the box of Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix is a recipe for Funfetti cookies, so I really didn’t need my cookbook after all. I simply had him follow the recipe on the Funfetti box, but we used devil’s food cake mix instead. I wanted chocolate cookies after all. (Hehe)
I started off by telling him that this whole thing was an experiment. (I’m used to things flopping, and I’m pretty good humored about it. But considering this was his first time, I didn’t want him to think he was as bad as me right off the bat.) Then we got started. Well, mostly him. I “supervised” by correcting his techniques, giving tips, cracking the whip . . You know, that kind of stuff. Oh, and answering the most intriguing questions like:
“I should probably wash my hands, huh?”
I didn’t even answer this question. He got the hint, left to the bathroom, then came back.
“Where’s the oil?”
“In the pantry.”
“Are the eggs supposed to have those white things in them?”
He was lifting a nostril and looked genuinely disgusted, so I took a peak in the bowl. He wasn’t talking about the egg white but the little globs that I believe baby chicks are made out of. Signs that the egg could’ve been fertilized. Personally, I try not to think about these kinds of things while I’m baking.
But he wasn’t letting this question go. He started poking one. “What are those things?”
“Oh, how should I know? The eggs are from the store. They should be fine. Just keep going.”
“Is the oven working?”
But none of these questions beat: “what kind of spoon?”
This one caught me off guard. “What do you mean?”
“The box says, ‘mix with spoon.’ What kind?”
“It doesn’t matter.”
“Where can I find one?”
“You live here, LB.” [LB stands for “little brother”. I’m trying to protect identities and whatnot.]
“Yeah. But what kind of spoon?”
“It doesn’t matter!”
He began digging through a drawer. “This one?”
“It doesn’t matter!!”
“A wooden one?”
“It stinkin’ doesn’t matter!”
He reached for a wooden spoon, eyeing me cautiously. “I think I’ll use this one,” he said timidly. I gave him a bored look. Then he finally started to stir.
After I told him how to make the dough balls and showed him my technique of how to flatten them with the bottom of a glass, he was off and running. I think the only other thing he was confused about was when he noticed all the dough in the bowl wasn’t going to fit on the one cookie sheet. But I explained how he had to make cookies in batches, and he went “ohhhhhh.” So I figure, he got it.
I didn’t help him at all on the second batch. And he proudly announced to everyone that they were done. (There are two types of announcements that happen in my household. Actually, three. No, four. 1) we’re going to watch a movie. 2) food of some sort is ready. 3) we’re in trouble. Or 4) family discussion. If you were curious, this one falls under #2.)
The cookies were pretty good! A little dense, but very chocolatey. We had the option of spreading vanilla icing or whip cream on them if we wanted, too. So I’d say it was a success. Congratulations, LB!