Tuesday, March 5, 2013

everything is always better with cookies.  you know the age old saying when life gives you lemons make lemonade?  well i've been trying to make a few pitchers of lemonade the last few days and i figured it would be easier to deal with life's lemons if i had some chocolate chip cookies to eat with it.  now, if you know me and have been a reader of this blog you will know i don't bake much. i don't enjoy cooking most of the time but one thing i do like doing is making cookies. not all kinds of cookies though, chocolate chip cookies.  delicious comfort food. the melt in your mouth, soft, chewy goodness kind.  just what i needed.

i know some other pals of mine are having a rough week so this post goes out to you because i really wish i could pass these cookies right through the screen and cheer ya right up.  gluten free, guilt free, calorie free, what ever kind you like...you gotta 'em.  but just in case my arm doesn't reach ya, here's the recipe if you'd like to make some yourself.  now i didn't come up with this recipe.  it's written on a wraggly, smeared, worn piece of paper that i've had hanging out of my lonely recipe organizer (that doesn't organize) forever.  i do not in any way claim this recipe as my own :)



- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup softened butter
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda

heat oven to 375degrees.  beat butter, brown sugar and white sugar in a bowl. add in eggs and vanilla extract and mix again.

in another bowl mix your dry ingredients together (flour, baking soda, salt).

gradually add your dry mixture into your butter mixture and beat again.

add your chocolate chips and whatever other yummies you might like.  i like to use my tbsp as a scoop for making the perfect sized cookies. bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes on a greased baking sheet until slightly browned. let cool and gobble those bad boys up! mmmmmmmmmmmmm! yum!

you know what else makes things better sometimes? flowers. especially the kind your hubby and little girl pick out and bring home for you.  so sweet and just what this momma needed.  i've been keeping them near "my spot" (or as my hubs likes to say "my sheldon" - if you watch big bang theory you'll know what we mean) on the couch where i work to brighten up the room and cheer me up.  i can't wait for spring when i can start planting on our little deck with fresh flowers, herbs and veggies. 

between the flowers and the cookies i hope the week gets better as it goes. i'm crossing my fingers for it.  and don't worry, i'm ok, just dealing with some health issues that have proven frustrating and have knocked me down for a bit. visits to the doctor, an er visit, and other things have just gotten me into a tizzy but i'm a fighter and damn if i'm gonna let those cookies go to waste :)

i hope the sun is shining wherever you are today and remember.........everything is always better with cookies :)

do you have a fave chocolate chip cookie recipe? i'm always on the hunt for a new one and i'd love if you share your go to cookie recipe :)  gluten free ones especially! what do you turn to when you're having a bad week? you always brighten my day when you leave a comment - come chat! 


  1. Perfect! Today is a snow day, so I was planning on baking with the Feisty One. Chocolate chips were exactly what I had in mind! Your recipe has me super excited, I like that yours calls for 1 cup brown sugar. Yay!

  2. Ah Shannon they look lovely! I laughed about the 'my Sheldon' part--totally get it :)

    Hmm, gluten free? Well I simply use my own blend of gluten-free flour and substitute it for the all purpose flour cup for cup with a little xanthan gum :)

    To make said flour you have to have a scale that measures grams and the mix is this:

    20% Sorghum Flour
    20% Millet or Oat Flour
    30% Tapioca Starch
    30% Potato Starch (or Arrowroot)

    Blend well and add 1 teaspoon of Xanthan Gum for each cup of flour.

  3. Everything is better with cookies. Sending well wishes, I hope you feel better.

  4. i think i might just bake some cookies today! because you're right. it's is better with cookies. oxxoxo sending the biggest hug ever. (which is pretty big because i'm strong) ;)

  5. I hope your week improves. I know mine will once I make your cookies;o). Thanks!

  6. I hope your week goes better too. My week is not too bad so far, got called in for a job interview with Save the Children today :) :) :)

  7. Poor Shannon! That DOES sound like a rough week. I hope this week gets better! And to answer your call for recipes, here's the one I have now adopted -- and thrown all others away. It's from Jennie Perillo, aka "In Jennie's Kitchen," and she adapted it from one that ran in the NYT (she links it in her blog post). I warn you, though, it is not for those who seek instant gratification, but it IS worth the wait. Enjoy!

  8. Yum, I love chocolate chip cookies!! This is my fave recipe, I made a batch this weekend. I like the portion out all of the dough and freeze it so I can have fresh-baked cookies easily! And I only bake a dozen at the time for my husband and me so it controls my cookie-monster tendencies. :)
    I make them with white whole-wheat flour and the bittersweet chips, yum.

  9. Here is a link to my favorite chocolate chip cookie. Follow the directions exactly. I do chill my dough for about 30 minutes so it will firm up a bit. If you can find them, the mini MM baking bits are the best in this cookie. When you take out of the oven let them cool for about 5 minutes then you have a large, thin, warm, slice of heaven.

  10. Aw, i hope you're feeling better very soon. Health stuff is so frustrating and when paired with other frustrating bits of life, just makes you want to crawl back in bed. I get it!

    My favorite cookie recipe is this one by the smitten kitchen - i add chocolate chips. And I don't normally like oatmeal raisin, but seriously this recipe is fantastic: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/02/thick-chewy-oatmeal-raisin-cookies/

  11. Hope your week gets better. Big hugs to you my love.

  12. Oh Shannon, I'm so sorry to hear you've been having such a rough week! :( An ER visit?! Ack!! Sending you big virtual hugs and hoping your week turns right around quickly! Cookies and flowers certainly can't hurt. :)

  13. Hello! My first comment here. Today was a day where I was buried with orders, all I did was yell at my kids, etc. So, I just popped these in the oven. For dinner. Don't judge. ; )
    Also, I like to use my fingers to make the perfect size plop of dough on the tray, because then I get to LICK them! Yesssss!!!!!

  14. ETA, they were delicioso! Although mine were very flat. Is there perhaps some baking powder that is supposed to be in the recipe?
    Just curious!

  15. oh I hope your week improves, and you feel stronger each day. these cookies are totally on my todo list for today!! YUM


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