Today. It’s gloomy, rainy, and a little bit chilly. Although today is a perfect day by the standards of an earth worm, for the rest of us it requires curling up on the couch under a cozy blanket with a cup of tea and a film. Days like these call for just a little something to add some sweetness. That something is a baker’s classic.
Chocolate chip cookies are often forgotten. They have become such a common staple in the cookie jar, leaving them highly underestimated. In fact, I kind of forgot about this tasty treat. I’ve made so many chocolate chip cookies in my day that they don’t pose much of a challenge. But that is exactly what I was looking for today. Something simple and quick that could be devoured as soon as possible. Oh, and did I mention that eating the cookie dough straight from the bowl is pretty much the most delicious part?
There are numerous chocolate chip cookie recipes out there. In fact, there are so many that it can be overwhelming to choose which one deserves your butter and your time. I came across this recipe on Pinch of Yum. I initially picked the recipe because of how delicious Lindsay’s photos made these cookies look. But it turns out that it is the best recipe I have found to date! The cookies baked really nicely and came out chewy in the middle and crunchy on the edges. They’re sweet but are sprinkled with a little salt. The recipe won me over with the first bite.
The original recipe requires chilling the dough in the fridge for 24 hours. I, unfortunately, have zero patience so I decided to bake them right up. I have no basis for comparison, but I can honestly say that the cookies taste fabulous regardless. I halved the original recipe and ended up with 24 cookies–the perfect number for both sharing and selfishly devouring.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugars together until very light and fluffy. This may require 5-6 minutes of mixing. Add the egg. Mix in the vanilla. In a separate container, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix until just incorporated. Add the chocolate chips. Drop balls (the approximate size of golf balls) onto a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt. Allow to bake for 16-19 minutes or until edges are browned. Allow to cool before removing from the cookie sheet.
What’s your favourite comfort food on those slow and rainy days?