Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Comfort Food 101: Chocolate Chip Cookies

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If my grandmother has taught me anything, it's that a lady never shows up empty-handed. Want to impress your boyfriend's family? Sending a care package? Having people over?

One simple recipe can solve all these dilemmas. Trust me, you need to be able to make chocolate chip cookies, especially these ones. I grew up having these delicious cookies for dessert, and my dad, who's a total health nut, eats them like they're potato chips. Mom and I have always made a huge batch for my dad and his friends when they go on their annual backpacking trip in the fall, and they disappear pretty quickly from my sorority house kitchen, as well :)



Ingredients

  • 2 bags semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3.5 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup regular sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup softened butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 375. Leave butter out for a few hours to soften (Don't microwave it and don't try to use it cold, trust me). Cream the butter and sugars, then crack in the eggs one at a time. Add vanilla. Add dry ingredients gradually and mix thoroughly  - it gets really thick, so you may need to abandon the electric mixer and use a big spoon or spatula. Add in the chocolate chips and make sure everything is combined. Scoop the dough onto cookie sheets (I usually spray them with PAM first) and bake for about 11-13 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes and transfer to a wire cooling rack.



Now you have an easy recipe for one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. Enjoy!

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