Saturday, March 17, 2012

THE chocolate chip cookie.

Here’s the deal, sometimes I listen to the acoustic version of the Justin Bieber’s album on Spotify. Sometimes I wander around Target and look at things for way too long and never buy anything. Sometimes I think about spending the whole summer working on the beach at one of those crazy beach stores. Sometimes I totally skip dinner and eat chocolate chip cookies instead.
I think we can all agree that we all have things. Things we spend a good chunk of our time doing or thinking about that are kind of silly, kind of random, kind of ridiculous but often worth the time.  
Some of these things need a bit more consideration before jumping all in. Don’t just go moving to the beach without taking a few minutes to think about it. At least talk to your mama about it. In fact, always do that. But when it comes to cookies for dinner, just go for it. Don’t think about it being 9:00pm, don’t think about the dirty dishes you will have afterward and definitely don’t, whatever you do, think about the calories. Definitely have a cookie. Have a few.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Bucky’s Barbecue & Bread 

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet mini chocolate chips

· Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
· Sift the flour, salt and baking soda together and set aside.
· Mix the sugars and melted butter just until thoroughly mixed, then add egg, yolk and vanilla and mix until creamy. Add the sifted ingredients and mix until just blended – don’t over beat!
· Stir in the chocolate chips, then drop dough (tablespoon size) one at a time on a cookie sheet, about 3 inches apart, and bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies.
· Leave them on the cookie sheet to cool a bit when removed from the oven. Once they cool a few minutes, remove the cookies to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Makes 24-30 cookies, depending on their size.

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