Chapter 13: Vices


Universal Vise Cookies

"You'll never convince me that there is more to life than chocolate chip cookies."


2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
2 cups good quality chocolate chips, milk, semi-sweet or mix them

Oven Preheat Temperature: 325°F
Heat Treat Cycle: 15 to 18 minutes


  1. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix sugar, brown sugar, softened butter and eggs. Add vanilla. Use a mixer or mix by hand. Add flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Cover the dough with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap against the dough. Chill for 12 to 36 hours. These Universal Vices can be baked a few at a time, whenever a cookie-craving strikes. (Note to Machinists: Women find a man who bakes cookies to be irresistible. Keep this in mind the next time you're lonely.)
  3. To bake, cover cookie sheets with parchment paper. Do Not Grease. Use an ice cream scoop or large spoon to drop cookies onto cookie sheet. For a uniformly round cookie, roll dough into balls with your digital devices. If the dough sticks to your fingers, slightly moisten your hands with water.
  4. Bake at 325° for 15 to 18 minutes. Check cookies often so they don't burn. Slightly underbake for a cookie with crisp edges, but a chewy, moist center. Cool on cookie sheets for 1-2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
    Add 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
    Add 1 cup butterscotch chips
    Add 1 cup peanut butter chips
    Add 1 cup toffee chips
    Make these cookies with white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts
Feeds and Speeds
Feeds: Makes 36 regular-size cookies or 18 machinist-size
Speeds: 45 minutes billable shop time, plus chill time

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