Sweets for Your Sweetums (or Chocolate Chip Cookies for Any Occasion)

The cracks in my cookies are indicators of perfection.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve become disillusioned with St. Valentine’s Day and don’t care one whit about any of the pink-and-red nonsense.

If you’re like the other 99% of the world, however, you might be interested in this cookie recipe for any one of the following reasons:

1.  A gift of these cookies will easily get you a valentine, if you haven’t already got one.

2.  If you do have a valentine, gifting a plate of these cookies will secure him or her as your valentine for years to come.

3.  If you haven’t got a valentine and you swear you don’t want one, these will help get you through the day this Saturday.

Either way, you need to make these cookies.

Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

{This recipe I have adapted from some other website which I failed to bookmark.  If it’s yours, please don’t sue me for not linking.  I normally give credit where credit is due, honest!}
(makes 18 cookies)

Ingredients:

-2 C. all-purpose flour

-1/2 tsp. baking soda

-1/2 tsp. salt

-3/4 C. margarine (at room temperature)

-1 C. packed brown sugar

-1/2 C. white sugar

-1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

-1 egg

-1 egg yolk

-2 C. (1 regular-sized bag) chocolate chips

Method:

1.  Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease cookie sheets (unless you have non-stick sheets) or line with parchment paper.

2.  In a medium mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

3.  In a larger mixing bowl, use a hand mixer (or a stand mixer if you’re lucky enough to own one [or your bare hands if you have neither—I won’t judge)] to cream together margarine and both sugars.  Add in vanilla, egg, and egg yolk, beating until the mixture becomes light and creamy.

Two yolks in one egg—isn’t that how twins are made?

It should look like this after the addition of the eggs and vanilla. If yours looks different, I won’t judge.  But it probably means something is wrong.

4.  Mix in dry ingredients until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.

Note: If you aren’t using milk chocolate chips, why are you even bothering to bake?

5.  Drop dough, 1/4 cup at a time, onto cookie sheets. (If you’re familiar with baking cookies, this might sound like an extreme amount of dough, but trust me: It works.  And the results are amazing.  Just do it.) These cookies are huge, so you won’t be able to fit the traditional 12 per cookie sheet, but that’s okay.  Place them 3 inches apart, and you’ll be golden.

I know it seems fussy, but they’d be ruined if they baked themselves into one glob.  Please just humour me.

6.  Bake for 15-17 minutes in preheated oven, or until edges are slightly toasted.

If they come out looking like this, you have achieved perfection.  You may now die happy.  I give you permission.

7.  Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.

8.  Package them up nicely—presentation is key—and deliver to your lover/future lover/self.

*Note: If you don’t need to make 18 cookies, simply make the amount you need and freeze the dough. I prefer to ball it up into cookie-size portions and freeze for about 20 minutes on a cookie sheet until they are hardened.  Then, I remove them from the freezer, dump ’em in a labeled plastic bag, and save for later.

These are going into the freezer.  I’d never want to bake them this close together, because they’d become one massive glob of cookiness.  They will keep, frozen, for at least two months.  When ready to bake another batch, simply remove the dough from freezer and allow it to soften at room temperature until normal consistency.  Then continue baking as usual.

Anyone want to guess whether or not I actually tasted one of these beauties?

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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22 Responses to Sweets for Your Sweetums (or Chocolate Chip Cookies for Any Occasion)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Millie,

    I feel so inadequate. These look A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I always knew you were the better of us.

  2. linda rae says:

    As the taste tester, I attest that these are the best cookies I have ever tasted.

    And I am a cookie connoisseur.

    The mother-in-law

  3. Holly Decker says:

    i think its super brave to post recipes for anything that is a popular food… such as the all american chocolate chip cookie.
    and by gum, you have REASON to be brave… just look at them! just LOOK AT THOSE soft, gooey, tantalizing… *wipes drool from mouth*… cookies!!!

    i just KNEW you didnt like valentines day. i mean, it kinda makes sense that someone who doesnt care for Christmas would not care for a very commercial holiday such as v-day. but i am glad you helped out people like me who need to secure their valentine for years to come. so, for whatever its worth… thanks.

  4. Geneva says:

    pretty pretty cookie pictures

  5. Mikelle says:

    I suck at making cookies, but I think I will try these! They look too good to pass up.

  6. Katie says:

    This is a cruel post. You know how I feel about baked goods.

  7. Whitney says:

    Im salivating. I need them right now.

  8. Aubrey says:

    Hi Camille! I’m a long time reader/lurker. This recipe looks just divine. I have a great standby chocolate chip recipe, but I’m too lazy to half it (or 4th it for that matter). It makes a million cookies. I just need to mak a few cookies for the hubby for V-Day. However, he LOVES white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies. Do you suppose you could substitute the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts and still have a good cookie??

  9. Lauren says:

    Where is Pocket Edward?

  10. bRAD says:

    I’m no fan of valentines gay, I mean day. But, I did see St. Valentines skull on a church in Rome.

  11. raygon says:

    Tell me you tasted those!! How could you not? I am going to try some, Thursday is baking day for me and my kids, so this is perfect timing! Thanks for sharing.

  12. jami says:

    I am guessing that you didn’t eat one! You have so much will power…you are an inspiration to us all.
    I made blueberrie muffins the other week, and I will tell you what….

    I ATE TWO WHOLE MUFFINS!

    Also, I don’t know which I am happier about…that you mom is liking the book I choose, or that she thinks I might be losing some weight. I think I am happier that she likes my book. You really would like it. It is called “The Captive” by Victora Holt. It is also about traveling and adventure.

  13. Camille says:

    Anonymous my sister– You know MLA format better than I do. You win.

    linda rae– Ha! Your word goes, so I guess I’m a success.

    Holly Decker– You’re right. It IS brave. I wouldn’t have done it if I was not confident these would be beautiful and taste delicious. I’m not daring to say they’re the best recipe in the world… They’re just really really good.

    Geneva– Thanks.

    Mikelle– You should, seriously. They’re delicious. If you do, please tell me how they turn out.

    Katie– You can do it. I want this to be the recipe that changes how you think about baking cookies.

    Whitney– I’m sorry I can’t give you my leftovers. Well, I could, but by the time they got to you in the mail, they’d be nasty.

    Aubrey– I think it would work, certainly. Check your email inbox.

    Lauren– He hates me. He wouldn’t come.

    bRAD– Of course I would think that’s neat. But I don’t want to read your WORDS about it. I want to see your PHOTOS of it. Come on…

    raygon– NO!!!!!!!!!! I did not! Thanks for asking. I’m pretty proud of myself. I HAVE tasted them before, and I know they’re excellent, but as of today, I have not eaten sweets/sugar in 44 days. Thanks. Please tell my how they turn out!!

  14. anna says:

    I have a pretty good recipe. Maybe I’ll try this one just to live on the edge.

  15. Lauren says:

    No, he was probably being murdered in the oven. Ted hates him.

  16. EverybodyNose says:

    I hate Valentines day.
    I Love chocolate chip cookies.
    You just made my day.

  17. Crazy says:

    Me no eat cookies. Me laugh when bRAD says “gay”. He’s hot.

    holidays were made to sell crap.

  18. Nuts says:

    Crazy, are you speaking ‘cookie monster’?

  19. Kimberly says:

    OK if you haven’t tasted these, I’m completely in awe of your self-control. I’ve been baking for a Valentines girls night and made a TON of sugar cookies and homemade frosting and can’t keep my fingers out of the bowl!!!

  20. Heber says:

    This was a particularly tasty looking post.

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