Laying with my big boy at bed time I asked him,
"Buddy, what recipe should I write for my Foodie Friday blog post?"
Adrian: *maniacal laughter* "FOODIE FRIDAY!!?" AHAHAHAHAHEEHAWHEEHAW snort, snort *rolling around on his bed*
Me, observing with mild amusement,"Yeah, bud. Foodie Friday. What's your favourite thing that I make?"
"Cookies!" He exclaimed!
Well, of course. Coming from a 3 year old, it would be cookies. Duh.
Up until about a year and a half ago I couldn't bake a cookie if my life depended on it. No matter what I did, they would come out burnt, rock hard and just plain yuck.
Then for my 32nd birthday I received the BEST cookbook EVER from my Mother-in-law. Every recipe I've made (and as I've mentioned before I'm terrible at following recipes but I do follow these) especially the cookies have turned out beyond my expectations.
I opened up the cookbook with thrilling anticipation and began to read it. (I can't be the only one in the world that gets super excited to read a cookbook...am I?) It was a beautifully quirky yet delectable feast for the eyes. And then I realized my MIL probably didn't read a single word in this cookbook. The sisters that wrote it are awesomely witty with a snitch of snark. The humour in it is hilariously offside .... an example would be the title:
I devoured the cookbook with my eyes and laughed out loud beginning at the Table of Contents...ex: Spoon Me (Soups) Crave Me (Pasta) Fork Me (Dessert) and chortled (never used that word in my life and I don't know why...what a fun word....say it three times fast and it loses all meaning - I love it) at the famous quotes throughout the book called 'Bite Me Bits'.
One of my favourite tv quotes ever that happened to be in this book;
"Your good friend has just taken a piece of cake out of the garbage and eaten it. You will probably need this information when you check me into the Betty Crocker Clinic" Miranda Hobbes, SATC
'Cause you know you've done it.
Chortle, chortle, chortle...
Anyway, after all that babble and promotion of a cookbook I'll never see proceeds for I will move on to the recipe of Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.
But these are not just any chewy chocolate chip cookies. These are the best chocolate chip cookies you've never had. Once you bake these babies, you will never use another recipe. I promise you.
And if I, me, I can bake these cookies and have them turn out so scrumptiously delicious ANYONE can.
Nothing is better, nor more comforting than a warm chocolate chip cookie, fresh out of the oven with a cold, cold glass of milk.
Now grab that electric mixer or wooden spoon and go!
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies In The Whole Wide World
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 1/2 cups of milk chocolate chips
1) Preheat oven to 325 F
2) In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt
3) Cream together butter, brown sugar and sugar (it says to use a mixer but a wooden spoon works fine though a bit physically intensive - as Adrian said matter of factly while helping me mix them last time, "Mumma, I'm done. It's a lot of work."
4) Beat in vanilla, egg and yolk until light and fluffy. Add flour mixture and chocolate chips, mixing just until flour disappears.
5) Drop dough by 1/4 cup, 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets (I just use a cooking spray)
6) Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to wire rack (or directly onto your plate if you're like me)
Pour yourself a cold glass of milk, dip that warm, melty cookie in there and mmmmmmm. Enjoy.