Despite being June, it’s kind of a wretched day weather wise. Yesterday it was in the 90’s. Today, 53 and windy!, and THAT’S Idaho weather for you!
To be honest, I don’t mind. I have spent the day in my sweats. At around three, when Grace went down for her afternoon nap, I decided it was time to at least do my hair and make up. I figure I should look relatively human when my husband gets home. He sees me sans makeup with my hair a wicked mess enough as it is.
For whatever reason, when it’s cold and gross outside like today, I want to bake. Cookie dough, the smell of vanilla, warm chocolate chip cookies, it’s almost too much to resist, but I am. If I want to accomplish number five on my summer bucket list, then it’s best I stay away from baking for a while; far, far, away.
However, that doesn’t mean I can’t share what I would bake if I could, right?
A while ago I went on a quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. When I stumbled upon the recipe below (from MarthaStewart.com), my quest was over, my mission accomplished. I had found my chocolate chip cookie recipe staple.
Now, just because I’m refraining from baking, doesn’t mean that you have to, right?
Here is what you’ll need:
*2 1/4 cups flour
*1/2 teaspoon baking soda
*1 cup room temperature butter (margarine seems to make them flat, so I’d avoid it if you can)
*1/2 cup sugar
*1 cup light brown sugar
*1 teaspoon salt
*2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
*2 cups or one bag semi sweet chocolate chips
What you’ll need to do:
*Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
*In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda.
*In the bowl of your mixer, combine the butter with both sugars and mix on medium speed using the paddle attachment.
*Reduce the speed to low and add in the eggs, vanilla, and salt.
*Beat until well mixed, and then add in the flour and baking soda mixture.
*When everything has been combined, add in the chocolate chips and then steal a huge heaping spoonful of the dough (because that’s pretty much my favorite part!)
*Drop large tablespoonful balls of cookie dough onto your cookie sheet and bake 9-11 minutes. Once you see a hint of brown at the edges of your cookies, they’re done.
*Let them cool for 3-4 minutes and transfer them to a cooling rack.
And then, dig in, because these cookies are excellent and sinfully full of chocolate. I made these last week for Fenix and his friend and they couldn’t keep their hands off of them.