Does anyone else wake up early on the weekends (even though you can sleep in) with the urge to start baking? Looking for a friend!
Lately, I have had the strongest urges to bake. I think it must have to be something with the fall, a warm-up for all the holiday baking that is to come over the next two months. But all week, I think about what delicious sweet treat want to whip up and indulge in over the weekend.
But I always end up with so much left over and once I’ve had a taste, I am usually (I use that term loosely) on to the next recipe and poor M, is left to with 3/4 of a pan of brownies to finish. I try to remind myself every time I bake to cut the recipe in half. It never happens.
Anyway, last week I was feeling nostalgic and decided I wanted to make a batch of old-school chocolate chip cookies. I was feeling fancy so I threw in a few peanut butter chips and some walnuts (M likes a little crunch in his cookies).
Honestly, I did not think these were going to come out as amazingly delicious as they did. Cookies can be tricky though, depending on your preference. They can be too crispy, too cakey, too dense or lacking flavor. I have made many a cookie in my baking career, many times for a quick sweet/chocolate fix and quite frankly they were half-assed, under-measured ( a reason why I love my new measuring cups) lackluster batches. But over time, and lots of research and learning through trial and error (see above), I FINALLY hit the jackpot. I was jumping for JOY in my tiny apartment kitchen when I took my first bite of this recipe.
Soft, a bit crispy, chocolatey, chewy, a hint of salt. Basically heaven.
We even had a friend of ours who is a professional baker try them out. I was expecting him to dissect them and come up with something that wasn’t perfect about them…but he didn’t! He was just as impressed with the recipe, the texture, and consistency. I was jumping for JOY again after he gave his review.
But I’ll let you decide what you think! By the way, the mix-ins are totally personal preference, if you just want to go straight up chocolate chips, have at it; if your not a nut person or allergic, they are completely optional. The fun part about cookies is once you have your base, you can add any mix-ins you like!
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies