Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies... Just Because

I'm really excellent at finding excuses to cook... Because I love to cook, and I love to bake, and I love to feed people.

And in the last few days? An 86-proof chocolate birthday cake, pasta with roasted squash and tomatoes for two, lemon squares for an Oscars party, margaritas and tacos for six.

Then cookies. Chocolate chip cookies. No excuses needed.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Adapted from Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies)

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick butter, softened to the consistency of toothpaste
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine flour and baking soda in a bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl with a hand mixer until creamy.  Beat in the egg. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Bake for 11 minutes, or until the middles are golden brown and the edges are darker. Cool the cookies for one minute on the baking sheet, then move them to wire racks with a spatula. Makes approximately 20 large cookies... if you don't eat all the batter first...