Round One: Ne Plus Ultra Cookies

I decided to kick off my baking experiment with Martha’s Ne Plus Ultra Cookies. They’re loaded with rich chocolate, chewy raisins, and crunchy pecans- total classic cookie. I saw awesome reviews on them so I was really excited to make these my first go at Martha’s Cookie Cookbook.

I think I ended up getting a little too excited… they ended up being ok. Definitely a really good cookie, but nothing I’m dying to make again. Granted, I did overcook the first batch (oops) but the second batch was cooked to perfection; Golden brown and ooey gooey chocolatey.

The problem wasn’t that they were bad, the problem was that they were just a typical ok cookie. I wouldn’t make them again, but I also wouldn’t mind eating them if someone else made them for me…hint hint mom *.

However, my 12th grade little brother gobbled them right up. He thought they were good, but when I asked them if I should make them again he gave me a smile (because he knows how much I don’t like when a recipe doesn’t go well) and a quick no.

All in all, they were pretty good, but they wouldn’t be my first go-to recipe.

Ne Plus Ultra Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter

2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2tsp coarse salt

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup raisins

1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars. Sift flour, baking soda and salt and add to butter mixture. Stir in chocolate, raisins, and pecans. Roll cookies into 2 1/2 inch balls and flatten to 1 inch. Bake for 20 minutes.