THE chocolate chip cookies

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Let me tell you a little secret that might come in handy for you one day: the way to my heart is chocolate chip cookies.

At my house, cookies are baked often and there is never not any cookie dough in my freezer. Almost on a daily basis mister J will ask if we can "make cookies mom!". Of course he just pulls up his stool and sucks on a spoon full of brown sugar while I do all the work.

I started baking cookies when I was a young girl, straight out of my mom's recipe book, one that was wedged in between all of the recipe books in that hard-to-reach cupboard above our stove.I remember the brown cover with a picture of a pig drawn on the front. I remember the worn pages with scribbles penciled in here and there where my mom added her notes, crossing out crisco and replacing it with butter, changing 1 tsp to 1/2 tsp. And that chocolate chip cookie recipe, it was the most worn page of all.

When I left home for the real world I made sure to scribble that recipe down and I've kept it with me ever since. Last night I made a batch and I thought to myself, why self, I do believe this is the BEST batch you have ever made! And I think it was.

So here, I'd like to share THE chocolate chip cookie recipe with you. Easy and perfect.

1 1/3 C. butter (I use cubed butter, not margarine, and always SOFTENED. I repeat: ALWAYS SOFTENED.)
1 C. white sugar
1 C. brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
then add:
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 C. flour (mixed a cup at a time until dough is the right consistency)
Mix in a bag of chocolate chips

BAKE at 375 for 8 - 10 minutes (for me it's ALWAYS ten, but no longer than that because ain't nobody wants crunchy cookies!)

So there you go, time to whip up some perfect chocolate chip cookies, mmm? Of course you can always add flavored chocolate chips and oatmeal if that's what floats your cookie boat. And also, once I added cornstarch instead of baking soda to make it nice and fluffy and it really was pretty amazing. If you want to live on the wild side you should try that cornstarch sometime too.

I thought this would be fitting to share with you today because what could make a monday better quicker than chocolate chip cookies, am I right? Holla!

Happy Monday you guys.

PS I'm sorry I've been a little MIA. I'll promise you at least one more post this week. ;)

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