If you are a baking novice or don't have great baking tools DO NOT even attempt this. Seriously. I am not the greatest baker or cook--in fact I'm pretty terrible--but I followed the directions EXACTLY and the batter was SO hard to work with. I'm sure all the stellar ratings came from people who bake everyday, with A+ $400 Cuisinarts or whatever but I"m a broke girl from Minnesota, I don't have much of ANYTHING to work with. First, like most people said, the batter was THICK and wouldn't mix. It was dry and sticky. I was about to add another egg or some more butter, but I decided to give it a shot and give it another five minutes of mixing. IT BURNED OUT THE MOTOR ON MY MIXER! It was like mixing concrete for goodness sake! I persevered, and added the chips...finally after breaking two spatulas it resembled cookie dough.
The dough was so sticky it stuck to the spoon, or my hands. Cooling it in the fridge helped but the middles after baking two minutes longer than required were still nearly raw. Perhaps that's how it's supposed to be, I don't know. They taste pretty good but I'm afraid to give them to my kids because I fear they didn't cook all the way through! (And I used regular spoons to ball them up...they aren't overly large)
Unless you REALLY know what you are doing, either let someone else make them or just stick with the recipe on the chocolate chip package. WAY too difficult for a NEWB to work with.
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If you are a baking novice or don't have great baking tools DO NOT even attempt this....