We don’t eat dessert on a regular basis but once in awhile I just really need some homemade chocolate chip cookies. I mean, really, is there anything better than a warm, gooey, chocolate chip cookie and a cup of tea? This past Friday afternoon I decided that baking cookies was more important than vacuuming. From the response I got from David when he walked in after work and smelled the cookies, I know he agreed.
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- 2 1/4 cups unsifted flour (I use organic, unbleached white flour)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened (only real butter will do, no margarine)
- 3/4 cup sugar (I use organic evaporated cane sugar. It’s a little courser and I think it adds to the texture.)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed (I use dark brown organic sugar. I KNOW this makes a difference in flavor.)
- 3 tsp. vanilla extract (I make my own. That’s what’s in the Bailey’s bottle in the picture below.)
- 2 eggs (I get eggs from a friend with chickens.)
- 9 oz. package of chocolate chips (I use Sunspire organic semi-sweet chocolate chips but Ghirardelli are good, too.)
The quality of the ingredients is key to the perfect cookie.
Dee’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside. Beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Mix on low speed until incorporated.
Gradually blend flour/baking soda/salt mixture into creamed ingredients until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips (and nuts if desired). Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet (a good quality cookie sheet makes better cookies). Bake for 9-11 minutes until lightly golden brown. Don’t overbake.
Meanwhile, make yourself a perfect cup of tea so you can “test” a couple from the first batch. Enjoy!
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that chocolate chip cookies aren’t “health food”. However, I do believe that life is short and the occasional treat can still be a part of a healthy diet. Honestly, these cookies as good as they get and they are made with “real ingredients”.