Why I want to be a Chocolate Chip….
In a cooking class I can make all manner of beautiful, complicated and sumptuous cookies. However, at the end of the day I still love the humble chocolate chip cookie. I don’t know if it is the comfort of family memories or the way the hot cookie cracks open to expose the molten chocolate morsels nestled inside. I do know this though, as a disciple of Jesus Christ my life should be like that of the chocolate morsel nestled inside that cookie. You see, the cookie is flour, sugar, egg, vanilla and salt. When you mix them all together a person cannot distinguish one from the other. But when you add in the chocolate chips, and break that warm cookie open you can see that while the chocolate chips are mixed in, they are not blended. They still retain their inherent shape and flavor. In the same way I want AOTM to be the place you come and cook up a batch of those amazing cookies I want you to see my heart as well. This place is not just cooking classes and events, it is a reflection of my heart toward my neighbors and guests who I care for very deeply. So, when asked WHY I put all this “out there” it is because I want to to be clear. I, as a disciple want to be different from the rest of the world just as that chocolate chip is different and distinct from the cookie dough. I want to show that Christ makes an amazing, sweet, difference in lives. So, yes, I will share my faith. It is a wonderful privilege to serve Him. So I leave you here, with my favorite family cookie recipe….
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp cardamom (optional)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 bag dark chocolate chips (dark chocolate is the only way to go!)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 375°.
- Cream butter and sugars together.
- Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well.
- Sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices (if using)
- Add sifted dry ingredients to creamed mixture, mixing well.
- Add chocolate chips, thoroughly mixing chocolate chips into dough.
- Add nuts (if using)
- Use a cookie scoop to get perfect circles every time. Drop onto greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 375° for 10-11 minutes, or until cookies are lightly golden and done. If you like soft cookies always under-bake slightly. They will continue to cook when you remove them from the oven.
- Serve and enjoy!