Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Restaurant Review: Studio B Buffet at the M Resort, Las Vegas, NV

M Resort Studio B Buffet - lunch on April 27, 2014, 4-star rating on yelp, 1291 reviews
I just got back from a short vacation trip to Las Vegas, NV. Took a couple of days off from work plus the weekend to visit my sister. My mom was there for the week and I came for the last few days of her stay. I'm not a big gambler. I used to go to Vegas every 3-4 years for fun and now that my sister lives there, it's once or twice a year. Beyond the family visit, it's not so much about gambling as it is about eating.
If you've ever been to Vegas, you know it caters to pretty much every sin known to man (and woman). Including gluttony. Can't say I took the high road since I indulged in some gluttony myself. Starting with the Studio B Buffet at the M Resort. Everything in Vegas is either on The Strip or "off Strip". The M Resort is off Strip. I'd never been there before but on weekends, they have a seafood buffet. It's fracking expensive though at $40 per person. Normally I don't go to super expensive buffets because I can't eat that much in one sitting so I never feel like I get my money's worth. I'm more of a snacker/grazer than a pig-out for one meal kind of person. And if I'm going to spend $40 or more on a meal, I usually go for a nice entree at a hi-falutin' restaurant owned by a celebrity chef I'd heard about on Food Network.
Crab Legs
But my sister's boyfriend wanted to treat us there and we weren't likely to go any other time so we were lucky to be able to indulge. We went right after church so the place wasn't that crowded when we got there. Although they got busier and it seemed like I was the only one looking sideways at that $40 price tag (how can so many people afford to eat here?).
Waffle fries and sweet potato fries
Buffet experts will tell you the way to maximize the value of your buffet experience and payment is to go for the expensive stuff and skip the filler food. Meaning, forego the pasta, breads, rice and pizza and instead, go for the prime rib, crab, shrimp, etc. So think Atkins instead of carbo-loading. I know all that in my head but I inadvertently started off in the Italian section and that strategy went out the window.
Oh, another buffet tip is it's best to scout all of the offerings first to see what's available before you even pick up a plate and start filling it. Yeah, I didn't listen to myself on that one either.
Shrimp pasta

The Studio B Buffet is organized and sectioned into culinary themes. Besides the standard sections of salads, cut fruits and soups, on one side of the room is Italian cuisine with its requisite pastas, pizzas, and other mass-produced Italian American food. In the center are the proteins (prime rib, chicken, New York steak) and seafood (crab legs, salmon, fish, scallops, shrimp). On the opposite side of the Italian section were the cuisines of Asia: Korean short ribs, pad thai, Chinese orange chicken, sushi, tempura shrimp, chow mein and a whole host of other dishes I can't remember. I'm including most of the pictures I took although I didn't caption them all. I didn't eat them all either but wanted to give a sampling of the plethora of dishes available just so you can see what's offered at the M buffet.
I tried to take a little bit of anything that looked appetizing. Because let's face it - buffets are for people with commitment issues. Don't want too much of any one thing? No problem, just take a spoonful and move on to the next dish. If you really like something, go back for it on your second plate. The first plate is all about spreading out your taste buds to see what's out there.

Although for me, the huge downside of buffets, besides the potential to overeat like you're a squirrel stuffing your cheeks full for a long hard winter, is the amount of waste. I often see people piling their plates high with food then leaving a good portion of it on their plate while they go back for more. It's really very off-putting and I invariably cringe and think of starving children around the world. So I try not to do it myself. I was raised to never waste food so that means I clean my plate before getting more. I've learned to only take a little bit of something to ensure I can finish it because I don't let myself go back for more if I haven't finished what I've already taken. 
I was seduced by the Italian section of the buffet because I'm a carb girl but in hindsight, I should've skipped it. While pizza and spaghetti and meatballs lure me in like a siren song, I thought they were just okay at the M buffet. No standouts and nothing I'm going to remember once I left Vegas.
Orange Chicken and Asian short ribs
Shrimp Tempura
I fared better on the Asian side. They brought out a fresh batch of shrimp tempura while I was there and it was crispy yet light fried goodness. The Korean beef short ribs were amazingly flavorful. The orange chicken was a touch on the too-sweet side and more breaded than I would've wanted. My sister liked the pad thai but I was "meh" on it. Krung Thai's is better.
Noodles, fried rice and spring rolls
Pad Thai and chicken wings
Korean short ribs
I was already hitting the "stop" mark after I sampled the Asian cuisine. My mom advised me to slow down. Not that I was scarfing food but I'm normally a fast eater and get full easily. Which they didn't want me to do because I hadn't eaten $40 worth of food yet. Yeah, we were still trying to get our value for that $40 price tag.
But it was hard going for me because I was full yet trying to save room for dessert. Because I had to have dessert. Dessert was along one section and neatly arranged with a bunch of individual desserts, ending with a counter of gelato that a server scooped out for you. It's customary to tip any server manning any of the counters who had to get you something as opposed to you helping yourself. They leave the tips out so people can understand the norm and hopefully add to the dollar bills on the counter. Totally understandable, especially if you consider they probably don't get paid a lot and don't get the same amount of tips as at a sit-down, full- service restaurant.
Now, I'm normally a lot trifle snobby about desserts at buffets. In my experience, they're never that good. They're often too sweet or dry and usually just a big dessert cut into small pieces. Not so at the M Buffet. In fact, I have to say I was quite impressed with their dessert offerings.
For one thing, they were made in miniature size rather than just cut into small pieces. With only a few exceptions, each dessert was its own work of art. The tiramisu was in small plastic cups, layered and artfully decorated just like a full-size tiramisu. Same with the mini cheesecakes and fruit tarts.
Only the bread pudding was served in a big pan that you helped yourself from. But the molten chocolate cakes were individually baked in little foil tins and the creme brulees were served in miniature size. Cupcakes were also minis. Again, with dessert buffets, you don't want anything full size that requires too much commitment to any one thing. That leaves less room for variety.
Bread pudding
I was honestly full by the time I got to dessert so I had to make my selections carefully. I went with the tiramisu, the molten chocolate cake, the creme brulee, some hazelnut chocolate layered thingie and a mini red velvet cupcake. Oh and vanilla gelato because I wanted to tip the server. Really. Okay, maybe because I wanted to put the vanilla gelato on top of my molten chocolate cake. (But I did tip the server.)
Out of all the desserts that I got, the creme brulee was my favorite. It had the perfect creamy consistency and rich flavor of a great, not just good, creme brulee. The red velvet cupcake (after I pushed aside the frosting) was also good for what it was. The molten chocolate cake with the vanilla gelato was satisfyingly chocolatey and actually did have a molten center, no easy feat when baking something that small. I was less enamored of the tiramisu and the hazelnut chocolate mousse type thing but I think that was a combination of too much mousse/custard/cream and being too full.
How full was I? I had 2 1/2 plates plus a saucer of mini desserts. Although I didn't pile my plate(s) high since I don't double layer or mix flavors, let's just say I very rarely eat that much. As in it hurt to stand and straighten out my stomach when we were done eating. I know, I know, kinda gross. I really did feel like a squirrel storing up for winter or a bear about to go into hibernation long enough to let global warming pass. I was so full from the buffet lunch that I didn't eat for another 20 hours after that and the next morning, I had to go for a run on the treadmill first before I could even face food again. It's not something I do often nor an overindulgence I recommend but sometimes you do have to throw caution to the winds and just enjoy the moment, even though that moment does pass and your waistband gets too tight. Just please don't waste the food :).

Monday, April 28, 2014

30-Minute Fudge Cake

30-Minute Fudge Cake - made April 20, 2014 from The Playing House
Although this has a different title, it's pretty much a Texas Fudge Cake. It has all the same elements: boil the liquid ingredients together, whisk in the eggs and buttermilk, stir in the dry ingredients, bake and pour the frosting over it while cake is warm. Even the frosting is made the same way: boil the liquids together and whisk in the vanilla and powdered sugar. The only thing with the frosting is mine came up thicker and set up a lot faster than I was expecting so it set more like a thin layer of fudge than staying the creaminess of a typical frosting. And that isn't a complaint.
Just like with most Texas Fudge Cakes I've made, I loved the taste and texture of this cake as well as the ease of putting it together. The only drawback was the frosting was just a little too sweet for me but you can cut back on the powdered sugar to remedy that.
My coworkers seemed to have liked it too. As I alluded to in the post for the Banana Crumb Cake, this is the recipe that, to date, has the distinction of disappearing the fastest out of our communal kitchen. I set it out when I arrived at the office (I'm usually one of the first people to arrive in the morning), took a couple of conference calls in my office then when I ventured out to the kitchen just over an hour later, even the plate I brought the cake in was gone. Normally someone takes the last piece and leaves the empty plate there (drives me crazy when they do that) but this time around, even the plate was disposed of and there was no evidence I had brought anything in that day. Literally not even a stray crumb adorning the table. If I gauged the success of a recipe by how quickly it's been consumed, this one tops the list. For anyone who didn't make it into the kitchen before 9:30 that morning, sorry, you missed out.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
2 sticks (1 cup) butter
1 cup water
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Fudge Frosting
1 stick butter
4 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar, sifted if lumpy
1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13 pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix flour and sugar in a large bowl; set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, water, and cocoa over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil and pour over the flour-sugar mixture. Mix well.
  4. Whisk in the eggs, buttermilk, baking soda and vanilla. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  5. Frosting: In a medium saucepan, combine butter, milk and cocoa; bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar, stirring well with a whisk or wooden spoon until the sugar melts and the mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla then pour over hot cake. Let cool until set before slicing and serving.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Paradise Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paradise Chocolate Chip Cookies - made dough April 14, 2014 from Mountain Mama Cooks
This was the 4th cookie I made for the Easter goodie bags for the kids at my church. Kids + chocolate = good. Right? Plus, can you go wrong with a chocolate cookie with semisweet, milk and white chocolate chips? This is a recipe that's supposed to be a knockoff of the cookies from Paradise Bakery. I've never been to Paradise Bakery or tried any of their cookies since there aren't any in my state but the pictures from Mountain Mama Cooks' blog was enough to convince me to try out her recipe. She has compact, chubby cookies pictured on her site and at first that was what I was going to make too. Usually with chocolate, especially rich chocolate, a little goes a long way. Plus, c'mon compact, chubby little cookies? You had me at chubby.
But the dough came out a little soft and I was afraid they would spread thin if I made the dough balls small. The smaller the dough ball, the more it'll spread as it bakes because there isn't enough of it to stay mounded in the center. So I went big. Like golf-ball size big. Then I froze the dough. "Worst case" scenario is I'd end up with big cookies that spread but if they start off as big enough dough balls, they won't have time to spread thin before they're baked. Which is what worked. Yes, the cookies ended up a little big but they also stayed thick enough to be worth it.
These had a great fudgy texture. They're optimal when they've cooled enough to firm up and be fudgy as opposed to mushy or gooey but still lukewarm-ish enough for the chips to be soft. I gave them away so I didn't try them when they had fully cooled but I think they'd still be good. When it comes to chocolate cookies, texture is everything. Don't overbake or they'll be dry. Underbaking is okay as the chocolate will set as it cools.
Below is the array of cookies I made for the Sunday School, although I ended up packaging them into individual cellophane bag to give to each child. Clockwise from the top is the Paradise Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cookie Butter Brown Sugar Cookies, Glazed Lemon Cookies and Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies in the middle.
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa and baking soda; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Add salt and vanilla; mix well.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Form dough into golf-ball-sized dough balls and chill for several hours or overnight. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Space dough balls evenly on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until centers no longer look raw and shiny. Remove cookies from oven and place on wire racks to cool completely.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Glazed Lemon Cookies

Glazed Lemon Cookies - made April 19, 2014 from Barefeet in the Kitchen
I've been so busy at work that most of my baking has been confined to weekends. I do some stuff on weeknights but only if I have the energy or inclination. Easter decided to sneak up on me this year and although I'd done the Easter Jewel Cookies just to have an excuse to buy my annual bag of Cadbury mini eggs, it still really didn't hit me that Easter had arrived until it was Good Friday. But I was working that day so it wasn't until Saturday that I finally paid some attention to the fact that the next day was Easter Sunday.
Now that my nieces are no longer little girls running around in Easter dresses searching for Easter eggs and the Easter bunny, we don't really do a big Easter celebration anymore. At least not the non-religious kind. We go to church like we always do and go to lunch afterwards like we do every week. This year, at church, we've had new attendees, including a family with four little girls. It's been so long since we've had kids in Sunday School, that it's refreshing to see little faces at church again. And they're remarkably well behaved little girls when they join the main church for the beginning and ending hymns, always nice to see.
Since I can use any excuse to bake, I decided to make up cookie bags for the kids (with leftovers for the adults, ha). I already had cookie dough from the Cookie Butter Brown Sugar Cookies and the Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies. To provide a variety, I also made Paradise Chocolate Cookies (post coming later) and these Lemon Glazed Cookies. My lemon tree is still running amok with lemons and I also still had lemons I'd picked earlier from both my tree and my mom's tree. They would soon be in danger of drying out in my fridge so I ended up zesting and juicing all of them, saving the juice for future use and using up a good portion of zest in the cookie dough.
Mine didn't come out as nicely uniform as the ones from Barefeet in the Kitchen and they were more domed in the center. If you want them to be of more uniform shape and thickness, I suggest making even-sized dough balls (a cookie scoop helps) and flattening them into thick discs before freezing them. I kept them as dough balls so when I baked them from frozen dough, they spread at the edges but stayed round in the middle. They were still pretty tasty regardless of what they looked like. But you can go the disc route if looks matter as much as taste. The cookie itself wasn't too lemony; the tart lemon-ness comes from the glaze. I liked the pairing because the glaze kept the cookie from being too sweet and the cookie kept the glaze from being too tart. If you want a thicker glaze, more like a frosting, you have to cut back on the lemon juice. But if you don't want to sacrifice lemon flavor in the glaze, add lemon zest. Since I wanted to put the cookies in cellophane bags, I had to have a glaze that set so I used a little more powdered sugar so the glaze wouldn't be too runny. It worked pretty well and I was able to put all 4 kinds of cookies in each goodie bag without making a mess.
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons lemon zest
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup powdered sugar
4-5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine granulated sugar and lemon zest. Rub the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingers until fragrant.
  3. Cream the butter and lemon-sugar mixture together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Slow add in flour mixture on low speed until combined.
  4. Form into golf-ball size dough balls and chill until firm, several hours or overnight.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  6. Space cookie dough balls evenly on baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are just set and barely golden brown around the edges. Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute then transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.
  7. Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice. Dip each cookie top into the lemon glaze. Let icing set.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Banana Crumb Cake

Banana Crumb Cake - made April 13, 2014 from Cookies and Cups
Got overripe bananas and want to do something with them other than banana bread? Or, in my case, yet another attempt at a fluffy banana cake with cream cheese frosting? Here's a different way to use up black-skinned, mushy bananas and you'll be thanking yourself for their transformation into this yummy crumb cake.
I am inordinately fond of crumb cakes. Who doesn't love all that crusty brown sugar caramelizing on top of baked cake? I don't make it often because, well, you know, I'd eat it. Which sounds funny because I do eat everything I make. But it's just a matter of how much. I'm typically pretty good about eating a small portion of something as a taste test but then I can walk away and be fine not eating anymore. Yes, I've been told I'm weird that way. But there are certain things I'm less good about walking away from after a tiny piece and this just got added to that list.
This was delicious. Granted, I taste-tested it when it was still lukewarm and the icing had barely set so it was at its peak scrumptiousness. Normally I like to let banana cakes mellow and develop more flavor by eating them the next day but this didn't suffer from being consumed right away. The banana flavor wasn't as pronounced as it was slightly overshadowed by the brown sugar streusel crumb topping but I think that's why I liked it so much. You don't need to include the glaze over it but it doesn't hurt either. At first, when I was sprinkling the crumb topping over the top layer of batter, I was afraid it was too much topping. But I didn't want it to go to waste so I used up all of it. Which was good because it added to the deliciousness of the cake. You can't have a decent crumb cake without a decadent crumb layer so don't skimp!
Once the cake cools and settles, the texture gets a bit heavier. It was probably at its optimum texture when it was still a bit warm. But either at room temperature or warm this was pretty good. I took most of it into the office the next day and I can always gauge how good a recipe is by how long it lasts or doesn't last in the kitchen. A nearly full 9 x 13 cake cut into squares lasted a couple of hours - success. I think the record for fastest baked good to disappear was just over an hour. That recipe will be up on my blog in the next week or so.
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk

Crumb Filling and Topping
1 cup cold butter, cubed
2 cups light brown sugar
2 cups flour

Optional Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons of milk, depending on desired consistency

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mash bananas until they become liquified.
  4. Mix in softened butter until combined then stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  5. Stir in milk and flour until combined.
  6. Crumb Filling and Topping: Combine cold butter, brown sugar and flour together with a fork or pastry cutter or two knives until coarse crumbs form.
  7. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan and top with 1/3 of the crumb mixture. Cover the filling with the remaining batter and top with remaining crumb mixture.
  8. Bake for 50-55 minutes until the center is set and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes.
  9. For optional glaze: whisk powdered sugar and milk together until smooth. Drizzle on top of crumb cake.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sweet Anna's Fudgy Brownies

Fudgy Brownies - made April 11, 2014 from Sweet Anna's
I was doing a care package for one of my nieces and I keep various brownie recipes pinned on my pinboard for just such an occasion. I also wanted a brownie recipe that used cocoa since I was going to test out my new can of Tcho cocoa powder.
So far I'd been enjoying the Tcho chocolate products I'd bought for baking; they seemed to be good quality and I like that they're focused on sustainable chocolate sourcing. I've tried their baking chocolate, both milk and semisweet and, for this recipe, I broke open their cocoa powder. I judge cocoa powder by the darkness of the powder. The darker the powder, the more chocolate flavor I associate with it. The lighter, the more processing and less flavor. Sadly, I was disappointed that Tcho's cocoa powder was as light as Hershey's and Trader Joe's. I've been spoiled by Pernigotti cocoa which is a luscious dark cocoa powder packed with tremendous chocolate flavor. It's hard for me to bake without it.
Pernigotti and Tcho cocoa powders
You can see what I mean by the picture above. The darker cocoa is the Pernigotti and the lighter is the Tcho. There's a similar contrast between Pernigotti and almost all of the other cocoas I've tried: Hershey's, Trader Joe's, Ghirardelli, even Scharffenberger. For this brownie, I decided to "cut" the Tcho and Pernigotti cocoa powders together: 1/4 cup Tcho and 1/2 cup Pernigotti to try and make the best of both worlds. Not to mention stretch out my Williams-Sonoma-expensive Pernigotti a little further. I do find when a recipe calls for 3/4 cup of cocoa powder, using all Pernigotti makes it a little too dark chocolate for me so tempering it with a lighter cocoa helps balance it out.
This was a good brownie, nicely chocolaty. It was definitely fudgy although it has a softer texture than a more dense brownie has. I think that's due to the relatively higher proportion of liquid to dry ingredients, considering the butter is melted rather than creamed into the batter and water is also added. It was also a little more fragile than some of my sturdier brownie recipes. Not a deal breaker but you should handle with care, especially if you're sending through the mail like I was.
3/4 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup butter, melted and divided (cut the butter first into 1/3 cup + 1/3 cup then melt separately)
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with foil, spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cocoa and baking soda. Stir in 1/3 cup melted butter until smooth. Stir in the boiling water until the mixture is smooth and thick.
  3. Stir in the sugar and eggs with the remaining 1/3 cup melted butter. Stir in the vanilla and salt until just smooth.
  4. Add flour and chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
  5. Spread the batter into prepared baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs. Do not overbake. Cool completely.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies - made April 12, 2014 from Sally's Baking Addiction
This was another of those recipes that I selected because I was organizing my pantry and for some reason (ha, like I don't already know why), I had half-opened bags of every type of chocolate chip made. Half a bag of white chocolate chips, a handful of milk chocolate chips, a Costco-size bag of semisweet chocolate chip and a third of a bag of mini M&Ms.
Trying to clean out those add-ins means throwing them all in a brown sugar cookie dough, aka chocolate chip cookies. This is a standard chocolate chip cookie. Meaning it was good although mine looked like they spread a trifle more than the ones from Sally's Baking Addiction. I baked them from frozen dough in the convection setting of my oven. They weren't thin but they weren't as thick as I would've liked either. They're a good cookie but I don't know if I would remember them for very long after I ate one. Then again, I make so many cookies that only the truly stupendous would stick out. Still, if you want an easy cookie recipe to use up random add-ins, this is a very forgiving cookie.

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini M&Ms (or other add-in of your choice)
  1. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. 
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. On low speed, slowly mix into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick. Add the chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and M&Ms or other add-ins and mix for about 5 seconds until evenly disbursed. Scoop dough into golf-ball-size balls. Chill or freeze for at least an hour or up to 2 days.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  4. Place dough balls evenly spaced apart on baking sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. They will look extremely soft when you remove them from the oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.