Saturday, March 07, 2009

These are a few of my favorite things

I don't have a lot of favorites. Favorite movie? Don't have one. Favorite song? Nope. Favorite food? You're now 0 and 3. I have a lot of preferences though which makes up for the lack of favorites. I prefer comedies over dramas. I prefer Diet DP over other diet sodas. I prefer red instead of white wine and usually beer over liquor.

This leaves my list of favorite things is pretty short:
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite number: 41
Favorite cake: Chocolate on chocolate straight out of the box and the tub.
Favorite hot beverage: Chai Tea
Favorite ice cream: Plain old vanilla covered in chocolate syrup
Favorite cookie: Chocolate Chip

I'm pretty boring right?

I think my all time favorite thing on that list is chocolate chip cookies. I love chocolate chip cookies. I often cannot resist a chocolate chip cookie. It's the one cookie that I have mastered. When I was younger it was the only cookie I would make. I would often make double batches and freeze it. I love chocolate chip cookies.

I often avoid reading food blogs because I just want to make everything on there. Especially because they often call for butter and heavy cream and all the things I'm not supposed to have.

Well out of pure boredom on Friday I wandered over to Smitten Kitchen. The second item down - chocolate chip cookies. Now I had been fighting off the urge to make chocolate chip cookies for several days. I mean, I have a mountain of Thin Mints and Samoas hidden away in the back of my freezer. I don't need chocolate chip cookies!

However, her recipe combined with the pictures proved to be too much. I HAD TO HAVE THOSE COOKIES!

I now bring you my new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. These things were freaking off the hook. I didn't mind working off all the batter and every last cookie I ate this morning in the gym. In fact, I might even go back tomorrow just so I can eat more cookies.

Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
(adapted from AllRecipes.com)


(compliments of Smitten Kitchen - I was too busy stuffing my face to take my own picture)

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended.

4. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended.

5. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time (for giant cookies) or a tablespoon at a time (for smaller cookies) onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.

6. Bake larger cookies for 15 to 17 minutes, or 10 to 12 minutes for smaller ones (check your cookies before they’re done; depending on your scoop size, your baking time will vary) in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

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