Monday, February 25, 2008

Studying = Food Cravings

I started studying for my statistics test, and immediately I needed chocolate chip cookies. Not just wanted... needed. Since I didn't have a roll of cookie dough, I decided to see how hard it would be to make them from scratch. I found a really simple recipe online and then I had to make them. So during a "study break" I whipped up a batch.

Here's the recipe:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs
2 cups (12 oz. package) chocolate morsels

1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans or macadamia)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in bowl.

Beat butter, granulated and brown sugars, and vanilla in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time until smooth.

Gradually add dry ingredients. When well blended add morsels and nuts. I prefer to hand stir at this point not to break or melt the chocolate morsels.

Drop by tablespoon-fulls onto ungreased baking sheets, keeping about 2" apart. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes and transfer to wire rack until completely cool. (I didn't let mine cool... who can wait!)

Here they are, fresh from the oven:

And on my plate, ready to be dunked in milk:

I made mine with out nuts. I only baked mine for 9 minutes since I like mine to be slightly gooey in the middle. The pan that was on the bottom rack got a little burned, so next time around I will probably rotate them at the 4 minute mark.

They are sooo good. Definitely fulfilled my craving, and they may be the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had.

I'll have to try my next favorite - oatmeal and raisin - next.


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