The Humble Chocolate Chip Cookie

3 years ago

Originally posted at Chocolat and a Baby Doll

One of the most widely loved cookies, the chocolate chip cookie, is a cookie of nostalgia. You may have out grown the chocolate chip cookie for a more mature and posh cookie, such as a cardamom, cranberry, flax seed, whole wheat cookie. But deep down, you know that the chocolate chip cookie is your true cookie love. Admit it, you are a glutton for chocolate chip cookies. You might add nuts, peanut butter, or oatmeal to your chocolate chip cookie, or maybe you add all of those things, but underneath all of the glitter, it’s still a chocolate chip cookie, just like Ke$ha is still a person. Don’t worry, you are not alone. The chocolate chip cookie is America’s favorite homemade cookie. Everyone loves Oreos and Thin Mints, but those are store bought, or in the case of the Thin Mint, bought guiltily from a girl standing on the corner, much like drugs or sex, but with minimally less embarrassment, depending on how many boxes you are buying.

The chocolate chip cookie, delicious in its simplicity, is comprised of a mere two base ingredients, cookie and chocolate chips. From there you can add any mix in you want to make it your very own personalized, chocolate chip cookie. I’ll add oatmeal to my cookies when I want to eat cookies for breakfast and not feel guilty about it.  It’s a well-known fact in my house that if a cookie has oatmeal in it, then it’s healthy. I belong heavily to the “no nuts camp” though.  The only thing worse than nuts in my chocolate chip cookie is being led into a false sense of deliciousness by an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, only to discover that it is in fact an oatmeal raisin cookie. Fuck oatmeal raisin cookies, they are even worse than the complete fraud of the white chocolate and macadamia nut cookie. At least there I know exactly what it is I’m getting into; white chocolate and macadamia doesn’t parade around pretending to be something it isn’t.  OK, I take it all back. I do actually like oatmeal raisin and macadamia nut white chocolate cookies. I didn’t when I was a kid, but I do now. I like all cookies now. But if I had to choose one cookie to eat for the rest of my life, stranded on some remote desert island, that cookie would be the plain, simple, unadulterated chocolate chip cookie.

Any chocolate chip cookie is delicious fresh out of the oven. The true test of a cookie is how good it tastes a day later. I’m only slightly ashamed to admit that cookies rarely reach this point in my house because A) When it comes to fresh baked cookies I turn into the fucking Cookie Monster and B) I tend to make smaller batches of cookies so that they are always fresh and also to limit my cookie intake to something less than a dozen a day. If there are a dozen fresh baked cookies in my house, then I will eat a dozen fresh baked cookies. I’m a total fresh baked cookie slut. I’m an adult. I planted tomatoes in my back yard and I have a kid. But I will still eat so many cookies that I will give myself a tummy ache.

This, right here, is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. They are actually called the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie, and this is pretty much true. They are delicious, easy to make, and slightly crispy on the edges, but soft in the middle. The recipe calls for both semi-sweet and bitter sweet chocolate chips, which is genius because bitter sweet chocolate chips are pretty much amazing. Plus I love that I can make a big batch and freeze the dough, baking only a few cookies at a time. I think the reason everyone loves chocolate chip cookies is because they are so easy to personalize. For example, I left the nuts out of this recipe when I made them, and therefore made them perfect for me and my husband. Maybe you want to use carob chips or whole wheat flour, or maybe you like mint or peanut butter. Maybe you like to add oatmeal or nuts. Or get crazy and add raisins or shredded coconut to your chocolate chip cookies. Whatever it is that you like or don’t like, you can personalize any chocolate chip cookie recipe and make it your perfect chocolate chip cookie, unless you don’t like chocolate, in which case let’s agree to disagree (but clearly your taste buds are damaged) and go enjoy your sugar, shortbread, oatmeal raisin, ginger snap, peanut butter cookie.

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