I should probably just be known as “The Cookie Runner” by now, since I feel like all I’ve done lately is bake cookies. For some reason, I bake when I’m stressed out. It’s not really so that I can emotionally eat (I’ll have maybe two cookies), but I like trying out new recipes. My coworkers like it too!
I finally figured out a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I love. I’m really picky when it comes to my cookies – has to be soft baked and filled with chocolate. The best part of this recipe is that you can tweak it to make your cookies extra special. I’ve added crushed Oreos, Twix, Reese’s, and 3 Muskateers (not all at once!), and each batch tastes awesome. A few weeks ago I found these special Halloween sprinkles at Home Goods, so I may batch some chocolate chip + sprinkle cookies to bring with me to New York. My friends get really jealous seeing pictures on Facebook :)
Here is the recipe! If you size your cookies the way I do (I make them a little bigger than a tablespoon each), you yield a lot. Last time I made these I had about 5 dozen!
How to bake
1. Melt your butter. I’m extremely impatient so I do this in the microwave. Do this first, and then let the melted butter cool off. If you try to add your eggs right after, you’ll end up with scrambled eggs.
2. Sift your dry ingredients (except the chips and mix-ins) together (the brown sugar won’t sift, so toss that in after) and mix well.
3. After your butter has cooled (I like to give it 20 minutes or so), add the eggs and vanilla and beat till fluffy.
4. Add your chocolate chips and mix-ins and stir until combined.
5. Pop it in the fridge for a few hours/overnight. To be honest, I don’t know what this does, but I always do it :)
6. When you’re ready to bake: Preheat your oven to 350. Spray a cookie sheet and portion out a little more than a tablespoon of cookie dough. I always roll my dough into balls – they bake into perfect circles.
7. Bake for about 10 minutes. Do not overcook them. You want to remove the pan from the oven when the dough is still a little undercooked. The cookies continue to cook and firm up while they are on the pan. Since I have three baking sheets, I’ll prep the next batch for the oven while the cooked ones cool.
8. Add the cookies to a plate and try not to eat them all :)
Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! And sometimes, real food!