Category Archives: baking

Me Want Cookie!

One of my most favorite foods of all time is the Chocolate Chip Cookie.  Eating a warm, crispy on the outside (I like em’ crispy) and gooey in the middle cookie right out of the oven or even straight from the freezer, brings me memories of happiness.  The smell could make someone tune into their animal like tendency’s to sniff and salivate till they munch down on their treat.  
Asking a chef their favorite dish is like asking a painter their favorite color.  It is just impossible!  Too many choices and too many ideas!  It might be just as evil to give a child an ice cream cone in each hand during the middle of the summer and tell them to finish both. 
The bottom line is, I have numerous amounts of favorite foods and dishes and will continue to be my favorite till the end of my days while always adding more to my list!  Who knows…tonight I may have an addition to make!  
I guarantee  99% of the time you ask someone if they like chocolate chip cookies you will get a resounding yes.  There is even a study shown that links chocolate chip cookies to a homier feeling.  Have you ever gone through a house you were thinking of buying and smelled a whiff of baking cookies in the oven?  Suddenly that grungy, not so perfect house, became a little more appealing!
Do you want to woo that boy you have a crush on?  Make him chocolate chip cookies!  It worked with my husband…

Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Nestle Toll House…who else?)
2 1/4 C. Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
1 cup (2 sticks) Butter or Earth Balance, softened
3/4 C. Sugar
3/4 C. Brown Sugar, packed
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs
2 C. Chocolate Chips
1 C. Walnuts

Preheat oven to 375° F.  Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.