I spent a good portion of my day yesterday baking cookies.  Lots of cookies. We have been blessed to be able to work with a few local businesses over the past year in various ways, and we decided that nothing can spread a little Christmas cheer, and show our appreciation, better than a batch of homemade cookies. I decided to go with the classic chocolate chip cookie. Everyone loves chocolate chip. And, it was snowing like crazy outside, so I really didn’t mind spending a few hours in the kitchen. It was perfect, really.

There are so many of you out there who have supported us in so many ways, from purchasing our products to following our blog to giving us business advice. We wish that we could make cookies for all of you! I’m afraid that’s not going to happen, but I’ll share my cookie recipe with you, and the next time you bake up a batch think of us!

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
 
Combine all ingredients, and drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes, or until golden brown.

 It’s a pretty basic recipe, which you can’t go wrong with, but here are a couple of things I’ve learned that make these cookies just a little bit better. First of all, use BUTTER. Not margarine or some other form of butter substitute. The real thing is SO worth it. Also, the recipe calls for 1 tsp of salt, but sometimes I add just a little bit more for a better salty/sweet combination. This is something that I learned from my friend Lynne a couple of years ago. Lynne used to work at the Uprise Bakery, one of our local hangouts, and her cookies are legendary. I don’t know her exact recipe, but she once told me that she always doubles the salt. So, I’ll leave you with that, but be careful. Too much salt is not a good thing. And, lastly, pull them out of the oven before they get too brown. In my opinion, a soft chewy cookie is much better than a crunchy crumbly one!

:: Carrie ::