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Happy Fourth of July!
My family had our BBQ yesterday and so today will be a quiet one filled with lots of studying for my upcoming rotation, packing, and cleaning so I don’t come back to a humongous mess. There will also be baking since I’m staying at a friend’s place for a month and refuse to show up empty-handed. Maybe it won’t be such a quiet day?
I love the days after parties.
Yesterday was busy busy busy. We had several families over at my parents’ house. The grill was running, the pool was open, and the kids were definitely energetic. The moms sat on the back patio sipping on some concoction of alcohol and the dads were under a tent in the yard taking swigs of beer. The teenagers and little ones played in the pool, games of relay races and “chicken” or just “hanging out.” Hours and hours of laughter and full bellies later, we all bid one another a good night as the crickets chirped in the distance.
After a day in the sun, we were all pooped.
And now, the day after the hectic storm, I’m sitting in my bed feeling refreshed, reconnected, and relaxed. And all I can think of is these cookies which were made last week but quickly devoured crumbs and all.
I’d like to think of them as the cookies after the storm.
Why, you ask?
Well, in truth, I don’t make chocolate chip cookies very often. I get caught up in the bustle of white chocolate, dried fruit, or peanut butter. I look to make “different” cookies that people don’t always expect rather than hunt down the perfect chocolate chip cookie as I see so many others try to do. But now, I realize their true beauty as a cookie with little surprises. After all those variations on cookies, sometimes it’s nice to come back to a staple, to go back to every day cleaning and studying instead of always throwing parties.
Oh how I wish I had stored some away from today!
This recipe was a great one. Like I said, I’m not on a mission to find the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in the world, but Alice says this is her favorite. And I have to agree that it’s quite excellent. Simple chocolate chip cookies, no refrigeration necessary (for instant results, YAY), and exactly what I need at this very moment.
Enjoy your family and friends this weekend everyone!
Alice’s Best EVER Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from Savory Sweet Life
1 c (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 c packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon (My addition. Just because!)
1 tsp smallish-medium coarse sea salt (If you only have table salt, use 1/2 tsp, says Alice.)
3 c (12 oz) all-purpose flour (If at all possible, Alice says to weigh the flour. I didn’t.)
16 oz of semi-sweet chocolate chips (Alice uses Nestle, I used Ghirardelli.)
Preheat oven to 360. Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy (5 minutes on medium speed). Add eggs and vanilla and beat for an additional 2 minutes. Add baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and flour. Mix until well-incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop about 2 tablespoons of dough onto baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes until the edges are nice and golden brown. Remove from heat and allow the cookies to stay on the cookie sheet for an additional 2 minutes. Pick up the parchment paper with the cookies still on top and transfer to a cool non-porous surface. Allow the cookies to cool on the paper for at least 3 minutes before serving.
That 3 minutes is torture, I know.