I used to not like chocolate.
I’ll give you a second to regain your composure.
I don’t know what it was, but when I was little, there were a lot of things I didn’t like. I didn’t like chocolate, I didn’t like sandwiches, I didn’t like pizza (ask my husband how radically that has changed), I didn’t like peanut butter. My poor mother.
Luckily, most of that has changed. I still don’t like sandwiches, as much as I wish I did, but pretty much everything else a normal person should like, I now like. Particularly chocolate.
There’s something so pure about a chocolate chip cookie. These days, with all of these food shows and extreme baking competitions and inordinate amounts of cupcake shops, desserts have gotten a little out of hand.
In times like these, when dessert makers and eaters everywhere can’t tell you which way is up, getting back to the basics tastes that much sweeter.
And man, are they easy to make. I didn’t even have to buy anything at the grocery store for these, I had everything on hand. That is a rarity in this household.
Can I tell you a secret?
I like the dough better than I like the cookies.
However, I will not pass up a freshly baked homemade cookie, no matter how much dough I have consumed.
Particularly when they come out looking like this.
The recipe didn’t call for sea salt sprinkled on top, but since that’s the fad these days, I added it to a few of them. And honestly, for this recipe, I like them better without.
This recipe was perfect. Nothing special, nothing out of the ordinary, no fancy additives. Just cookies. Good ole chocolate chip cookies.
The Recipe (adapted from Allrecipes.com)
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons hot water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1-2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, depending on how much chocolate you like
- preheat oven to 350*
- cream the softened butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth
- beat the eggs into the creamed butter one at a time, then add vanilla
- dissolve baking soda into hot water, then add it and the salt to the mixture
- stir in flour and chocolate chips (you may also add walnuts, which are listed on the original recipe!)
- spoon onto ungreased baking pan in large spoonfuls
- bake about 10 minutes, until edges are slightly brown
- makes about two dozen cookies
with hugs and chocolate kisses,