I no longer earn my living as a baker but I still absolutely love the process of baking.
You can't freestyle if you want to achieve consistency in your baked goods.
There are rules and precepts that must be adhered to if you're going to be successful.
I find it oddly liberating to have to rigidly follow a recipe. It's the opposite of how I normally cook where I just fling myself all over the kitchen wildly chopping and sauteing everything in sight.
This is one of my favorite holiday baking recipes. These cookies stand about 2" tall and are stuffed with one of the great commercial candy bars: York Peppermint Patties. Obviously you may substitute any number of other bars if you're some kind of commie who doesn't like peppermint patties. Zero bars work really well as do Clark and Zagnut. I wish I could lay my hands on some Goldenberg Peanut Chews. Now that was a candy bar.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2.5 c. self rising flour
1 c cane sugar
.5 c brown sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 t vanilla
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 York Peppermint Patties
* Spray 12 c muffin tin with Baker's Joy
* In a stand mixer blend both sugars
* Add butter
* Beat well
* Add eggs one at a time along with vanilla
* Beat til fluffy
* Add the flour mixture and blend on low until combined; don't over mix.
* Add chocolate chips.
* For each cookie, roll a small ball of dough and press into the bottom of the muffin cups.
* Press the York Peppermint patty into the center of the cookie.
* Roll another small ball of dough and cover the patty by pressing it over the top..
* Bake 35-40 minutes until done.
* Let cool for at least 15 minutes
* This is the hard part, if you pull out too soon your cookies will be destroyed. Obey this rule or you'll be left with a mess.