Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie and the Eve of Thirty

In Brothers Karamazov, Dostoyevky’s young headstrong character has this to say:

“Do you know I’ve been sitting here thinking to myself: that if I didn’t believe in life, if I lost faith in the woman I love, lost faith in the order of things, were convinced in fact that everything is a disorderly, damnable, and perhaps devil-ridden chaos, if I were struck by every horror of man’s disillusionment — still I should want to live. Having once tasted of the cup, I would not turn away from it till I had drained it! At thirty though, I shall be sure to leave the cup even if I’ve not emptied it, and turn away — where I don’t know. But till I am thirty I know that my youth will triumph over everything — every disillusionment, every disgust with life. I’ve asked myself many times whether there is in the world any despair that could overcome this frantic thirst for life. And I’ve come to the conclusion that there isn’t, that is until I am thirty.”

Which, for me, is tomorrow. So I’m making all important life decisions today.

cookie dough pie done

cookie dough pie

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie

Adapted from Penzeys

1 9-inch deep-dish pie shell, unbaked

1/2 Cup flour

1 Cup sugar

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 Cup butter, melted and slightly cooled

1 Cup quick oats or oatmeal

1 Cup chocolate chips

1 tsp. vanilla

Crust for single crust pie:

1/4 lb. butter (1 stick)

1 Cup flour

pinch salt

pinch sugar

2 TB milk

Pie Crust: To prepare the crust, cut the butter into small pieces; it doesn’t have to be cold, but it should not be warm to the point of melting. Add the flour, salt, and sugar to the butter and beat or mix by hand to combine. Add the milk in a thin stream, mixing until thoroughly blended. Form into a ball and chill until it can be easily handled. Sprinkle a wooden board or counter top with flour, place the dough on the board, and sprinkle the top of the dough with flour. Using short strokes, roll it from the center to the edges until it is 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. You will want to turn the dough over and re-dust with flour halfway through. Roll until the crust is about an inch larger than your 9-inch pie pan when inverted. Fold the crust in half and in half again so that it looks like a triangle. Place it in the ungreased pie pan with the point in the center. Unfold the crust and ease it into the pan. Roll the edges of the overhanging crust under so that you have a nice rim around the pie plate. Prick the crust all over with a fork.

Preheat oven to 350°. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Add the eggs and mix. Add the butter and mix again. Fold in the oatmeal or nuts, chocolate chips and VANILLA.

cookie dough dough

Pour into the pie crust.

cookie dough pie dough

Bake at 350° for about 30-35 minutes, until golden.

cookie dough pie me

Haiku #21

Here I am again

Leaning into the storm of

Life’s rich pageantry.

Haiku #22

Clinic in a mall

With mirrored columns, counters

Where no one will buy.

Haiku #23

In the ten minutes

Of solitude with myself

I weep and say yes.

Haiku #24

Art bandages wounds

New Orleans, so it seems, is a

Sutured masterpiece.

4 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie and the Eve of Thirty

  1. Happy almost-Birthday! You look so very beautiful, charming and joyful in that adorable dress, holding your pie masterpiece, and in a place you love! Best wishes in all the monumental decision making today, the last day of your second decade on this planet 😉 For whatever it’s worth, I love being 30! I suspect you will too, despite the Brothers Karmazov protagonist’s suggestions that it may not be such a wonderful age 🙂

      1. Absolutely, and an era that will be even better than the last, knowing how you live life!

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