Learning To Cook Reluctantly: Are Ann Romney’s Cookies Better Than Michelle Obama’s?

Michelle Obamas:

MAKES 5 dozen cookies
PREP 15 minutes
BAKE at 375° for 12 minutes per batch

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 stick Crisco butter-flavored solid vegetable shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup each white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips and mint chocolate chips (or Andes mint pieces)
2 cups chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 375°. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter, vegetable shortening, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract.
Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. On low speed, beat in flour mixture. By hand, stir in white and milk chocolate chips, mint chips and walnuts.
Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

I decided to divide the recipe in half just because it was a fairly small gathering and I didn’t want to bake 100 cookies. Because people would eat them all. They’re just gluttons lkie that. Then they’d blame me for the weight gain. That’s the kind of friends I have. You would be more responsible, probably.

Which was fine. You know what was not fine? Trying to find mint chocolate chips anywhere. I couldn’t. I’m sorry. I went to three grocery stores and you know how much I hate grocery stores.  I really wanted to keep these recipes perfect, but I just couldn’t. I mean, as it was I couldn’t find white chocolate chips, and I had to chop up a bar of Ghirardelli white chocolate into chunks. Look!:

So, I’m sorry about that and I worry it may have thrown off the integrity of the contest. For what it’s worth I feel it would have been better with the mint chocolate chips, so take that into account.

I also wanted to play the kind of music that seemed appropriate while baking both of these. So here’s a song that used to be associated with the Democratic party during the Coolidge era, and was originally composed, far before the Beatles covered it, by Milton Ager the same man wrote “Happy Days Are Here Again” (this song was inspired by his daughter, Shana Alexander, who went onto be the first female staff writer for Life magazine, and who really should be one of our shelved dolls):

These cookies are, indeed, sweet, though Michelle Obama got a lot of criticism for her use of Crisco, especially considering the emphasis she’s placed on healthy eating. OH WELL. Here’s the batter:

It’s finger-licking delicious. Really, really good cookie batter. Like Toll House Cookie good. I realize that seems odd to consider, but I feel like that is as important as the actual finished cookie product. And here is what the finished product looked like. I baked them for 10 minutes which actually might have been a tiny bit long. Also, I’ve finally bought a second cookie pan, and I’m feeling pretty good about that:

Meanwhile, here is Ann Romeny’s recipe.

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