While it’s been fun to share our Korea adventures, I’m also enjoying being home. And indulging in a little baking. It’s been ages since I did any baking, and while I’m not a fan of rewarding myself with food…sometimes you just gotta treat yoself. Remember when I was talking about saving up your indulgences for something deliberate and worth indulging in? This is it for me! So let’s take a break before I finish rounding out our trip and talk indulgence!
I have been making this recipe longer than I’ve been making anything else. I made these cookies with my mom for the first time back when I was six and still needed a step-stool to stand high enough over the counter to mix the ingredients in the bowl. I still make this one today, because they are some damn good cookies.
Forget all my other fancy recipes – when I take these cookies to work or when I used to send them to the New York office with Scott, this was the recipe people begged for. I turned it into Christmas cookie gift jars last year, not just to share some tasty cookies, but to share a childhood memory. And it made me happy beyond measure when one of my good friends sent a picture back of her daughters, one of them standing on a step stool, mixing away happily.
One of these days, when I have kids, we’ll make this recipe together. In the meantime, hey! I’ve got you guys to share it with! So if you’re looking for a sweet, tasty, and easy treat to make and share…enjoy! ♥
Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 pkg chocolate chips
1. Let’s get this party started. Preheat the oven to 375F and get your stuff together.
2. Start with the butter. Soften it in the microwave until it’s soft but not completely melted. Then add in the sugar and brown sugar and mix thoroughly. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
3. Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together separately so that the soda and salt are distributed throughout the mix. Add this by parts into the dough mixture, and mix until the dough is thick but still sticky.
4. Add the package of chocolate chips. If you’re using a large bag of chips like the ones I usually get at Costco, you need about two cups. If you want to use nuts, add about a half cup of nuts and reduce the chocolate chips to a cup and a half.
Try really hard not to go head-first into the cookie dough at this point. As kids, you can bet we had our tasting spoons out at this point. I don’t think we ever got the full two dozen cookies out of this recipe. Oops.
5. Drop the dough by spoonful onto a cookie sheet, leaving them enough room to spread, and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden and crisp.
As tempting as it might be to go right into them when you get them out of the oven, chocolate gets hot when it’s baking. Let them cool. They’ll still be ooey-gooey delicious when the chocolate is cool enough to eat, and if you want them warmer, zap them for about 15 seconds in the microwave.
Yes, ooey-gooey delicious is a word. Deal. And the best milk to accompany them really does have to be served in a mason jar, preferably with a flexi-straw. Just because.
Now if you’ll excuse me, my childhood memories just made me hungry. I need to go taste test this batch again – provided my husband left any for me!