So, dear readers, there’s something I haven’t told you about this column: When I said that it was all about healthy, nutritious food – well, I wasn’t being entirely accurate. Because, while eating healthy is a smart, and often very tasty thing to do, sometimes you just need comfort food.
Therefore, the last column of every month will be dedicated to recipes that exist simply because they taste good. No damns will be given about health benefits or nutritional information. No research will be done about ways to make these recipes healthier. Comfort food is all about making you feel better by tasting warmth and sweetness and richness – with a delicious little dash of rebellion, of course!
We’re kicking off this tradition with perhaps the most basic comfort food there is: Chocolate chip cookies. Really, chocolate chip cookies are such a perfect balance of amazing-to-eat and easy-to-make that they’re pretty much perfect. Did we say perfect?
Like any recipe I post, this recipe can benefit from your creativity. Add pecans or walnuts! Use butterscotch chips or, my absolute favourite, mint chocolate chips! Add a pinch of cinnamon to the batter! Use two cookies and a scoop of ice cream to make ice cream sandwiches (but beware, this option can be very, very messy)! And of course, there’s always the classic cookies-and-milk option. Go on, make a batch, share them (or don’t), and enjoy. And I forbit you to feel guilty about it!
If you use margarine and a non-dairy chocolate substitute, this recipe is suitable for vegans.
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
2 large eggs,beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups (1 package) semisweet chocolate chips
In a mixing bowl, mix both sugars, butter or margarine, eggs and vanilla until you have a smooth mixture.
In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt.
Mixing on low speed, gradually mix the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Add the chocolate chips and mix until they are spread evenly through the batter.
Place in spoonfuls on a cookie sheet. Use a non-stick cookie sheet, a light pan spray or pick up some parchment paper from the grocery store – you’ll come to love it in very short order!
Bake for 8-10 minutes in a 350 Fahrenheit oven. Make sure to let them cool at least a little bit before you try to eat them!