Chocolate Chip Cookies

No matter who you are, you have a food weakness. There exists some dish or dessert or drink that when placed in front of you you cannot avoid. And whatever it is, it’s bad for you. Really bad for you. So of course it’s really easy to procure. It’s everywhere. But you consciously never keep this item in your house, because you know you’re weak and you will just inhale it and feel guilty about it in the morning. You know you need to keep it in the “sometimes food” category. Maybe if you’ve been really good, a few times a year you’ll justify buying the item and gorge yourself. But you know you have to stay strong.

And then, maybe, you get snowed in. For three days. With your parents. And your life has generally been stressful anyway, so out of your own control, so frustrating. So you decide to start experimenting in the kitchen. And all you really want is comfort food. Consequently…you discover how to make your own kryptonite. You truly have become a danger to yourself. You now can make this dish whenever you want. And it’s so simple and cheap to make. And it tastes. So. Good. On the flip side, you truly know now how unhealthy it is because you’ve seen and handled all the ingredients used to make it. Will that be enough to stop you?

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • approx. 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • approx. 1/3 cup granulated, white sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 1-1.5 cups flour
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • Chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325*F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Melt the butter, preferably in a saucepan. When it is melted, let it cool and then place it in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the sugars to the butter. Then the egg, vanilla extract, salt, and baking soda.
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  4. Add a half-cup or so of flour at a time, until you have the consistency of…well, cookie dough. Be sure not to over-mix.
    Not quite there.
    Not quite there.

    Perfect.
    Perfect.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
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  6. Scoop the dough into equal-sized (as much as possible) dollops on the lined baking sheet.

    10 cookies, pre oven
    10 cookies, pre oven
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until gooey, soft, and slightly crisped on the bottom.

    Somehow....only 9 cookies remain....
    Somehow….only 9 cookies remain….
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