I’m starting off 2016 right this year, and that means I’m back baking things with a vengeance (not that I need to be back vengefully ha ha). I know I’ve been gone a little while, but life gets pretty hectic when you move to a new city. Anyway, there is no better way to start the year off than with the best damn chocolate chip cookies you’ve ever eaten. These things will cure your soul, put a broken heart back together, and create the biggest sense of pure happiness you could experience. That might be an exaggeration but, well, they’re good. You get it.
These little absolute babes are so easy to make and the ingredients are so standard you’re likely to find them right in your pantry without having to go to the grocery store. When I’ve had a particularly stressful week or I need a little something sweet, these things are my go to. They also make the perfect treat to find your way to anyone’s heart.
The great thing that I love about this recipe is that you can get a little flexible with it if you like. I have a few quirks with what I do to make these, which I will list below in the instructions. It never hurts to experiment with something until you get it 100% tailored to your liking.
Switching gears though, I really do hope everyone’s new year is going fabulously already. I know we’re just two days in, but having a couple of really great days never hurt anyone, did it? I know I’m having a good start to my new year. I’ve really started to take this whole resolution thing seriously. Each year I’ve never made resolutions because I know I can’t keep them, but I’ve decided my resolution is to proactively make resolutions throughout the entire year.
I think it’s very important for me in my time of life to continue to grow and flourish as a person. While I did grow in some areas in 2015, I know that there are a lot of changes that I need to undergo still. I need adventure, laughter, kindness, friendships, passions, late nights, long drives, joy, good books, and more good things in 2016. I need to feel myself out as a person and decide finally who I am. I may be 23 years old and a graduate student, but I sure know I don’t have a lot figured out still.
But while the world keeps spinning and we all keep trying to learn and grow, at least there’s this cookie recipe to keep us happy.
Cheers to a great year ahead, and enjoy the cookies 🙂
Recipe adapted from Hot Chocolate Hits
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, at room temperature
1/4 cup raw sugar (I like using coconut sugar – it’s actually really lovely in these cookies. But you should definitely use raw sugar, it does actually make a difference.)
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups all purpose flower
150-200g (about 1 cup) chocolate chips (I like to use 60% cacao Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips – these go great with the salty taste, and, when I’m feeling special I throw in a mix of caramel chocolate chips or any other flavored chip to give it that extra devilish punch.)
Any other add-ins of your choice, such as chopped nuts
Sea salt for sprinkling
First, preheat your oven to 350F or 180C and line your baking pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking oil. In a medium or large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and light brown sugar until combined – it should be light and fluffy.
Next, add in your egg and vanilla extract and cream. After these are just mixed, add the baking soda and salt and do the same. Once combined, add the flower in batches (I do 1/2 a cup at a time) and mix together until the dough is formed.
Finally, add in your chocolate chips and any other add-ins and mix the dough until everything is evenly distributed. Pop the cookies in the oven for about 12 minutes (or longer depending on the size of the cookies). Mine take up to 20 minutes sometimes, but this may be a little too long for yours. Once the cookies are finished baking, pull them from the oven and sprinkle sea salt on top for that extra sweet and salty kick.
Let cool (or enjoy them warm and soft, yum!) and dig in!