I tried really hard to make something for today that wasn't a dessert, really I did. But it just didn't turn out. Then these cookies sort of happened. It's like I can't help but make cookies. You see, there are 1,000's of flavors floating around in my head, ideas to try, combinations to experience. But I can't eat just cookies, and cookie dough doesn't count for as much variety as I'd like. Try as I might to bring you something else, cookies just, well, happen.
I can turn just about anything into an excuse to whip up a batch. My mom found my grandma's old Kitchen Aid mixer and I knew I had to test it out. It hasn't been used since before I was born. Would it still work? I don't have a stand mixer and I've been drooling over a Kitchen Aid of my own for a long time. Our current mixer is almost worthless, with beater bars that fall out if you don't hold it just right. Speed and power are not strong points here either. Last time I attempted to make marshmallows it was a complete disaster ending in an overheated motor and a severed attachment stuck in an unfinished puddle of disappointing marshmallow goo. That was fun (read sticky, frustrating mess).
I should have saved this for a Flashback Friday post, but I just couldn't wait. While this mixer is over half a century old, I was pleasantly surprised to find it works just like new. It's stronger and quieter than the hand mixer I've been using. It could use a paint job, but it whipped up the egg white base effortlessly. These cookies have no butter, oil or flour yet they're still rich and gooey. They have the crackle of a brownie edge and the chew of a cookie. Melt-in-your-mouth goes without saying.