Well, this is CookiesandtheCaucasus. Last week I finally baked up a batch of cookies to encourage my students to stop by and practice speaking. That didn’t really work, but the cookies were a big hit, and some of my co-workers asked for the recipe. So, I updated my old standby to make it easier for my Georgian colleagues to follow (ie…metric) and added some notes on ingredients. I hope this is helpful for others trying to bake American things in Georgia.
Hillary Clinton’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (Em’s adaptation)
- 170 grams all-purpose flour
- 6 grams salt
- 5 grams baking soda
- 227 grams unsalted butter (at room temperature)
- 200 grams packed brown sugar
- 115 grams white sugar
- 15 ml vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 180 grams oatmeal
- 365 grams semisweet chocolate chips (2 regular size dark chocolate bars of your choice, roughly chopped)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (If you have one of the glorified Easy-Bake Ovens so popular in Georgia, I highly recommend an oven thermometer). Rub a bit of butter on the baking sheet. Cream together butter, sugars and vanilla in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
Gradually beat in flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir in oats and then chocolate chips. Drop batter by rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Cool cookies on sheets for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks (or a colander turned upside down) to cool completely.
 Georgian baking soda is chemically the same as American baking soda, but it seems to work differently. I’ve been told you need to activate it with vinegar..
 American brown sugar isn’t readily available in Georgia (I’ve heard rumors they have it at Ozzy’s in Dighomi and some baking place in Vake). You can substitute in regular white sugar, or German brown sugar (at most of the big supermarkets), though it won’t taste exactly the same. German brown sugar is better than white sugar.
 American vanilla extract is liquid, not powder. It’s no problem to use the powdered vanilla, but you’ll need to compensate with slightly less flour or more butter.