I was talking to my little Rooster Sunday about how we were going to be stuck at the house carless on Monday so we should do something fun like make cookies. He thought about it and told me he would rather wake up from his rest time to the smell of fresh dessert (not spoiled at all is he?)
So, my friend Christy had posted a few new cookie recipes on her blog and linked me to a sight called Picky Palate (which looks to be filled with tons of yummy recipes!). Not having an oreos in the house, I was digging through this website and came across these chocolate chip cookies. Let me tell you, they are fabulous! Totally simple, sinful and delicious.
Levain Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Copycats
8 ounces (two sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups BREAD flour (13 1/2 oz)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 to 1 1/3 cups coarsely chopped, untoasted walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Beat butter and both sugars just until they come together. Don’t overbeat. Add the egg and beat just until incorporated. Mix together the flour, salt and baking soda. When thoroughly mixed, add to batter and stir just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. The dough should be neither sticky nor dry.
Divide dough into about 12 mounds, but keep the mounds kind of raggedy. That is, don’t smash them into compact balls. Bake on ungreased insulated cookie sheet or an upside down rimmed cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 350. Cool on sheet for about 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
This should make a dozen 4 oz. cookies or eight 6 oz. cookies.
Here is my cookie life lesson: homemade cookies do not last very long at all. They will never be as good as the day you baked them. While you may want to be selfish and hang onto them, it truly is better to “spread the wealth” as they say and keep a few for yourself and give the rest away. Better to pass them on to friends, than to hoard them and end up with nothing but stale crumbs.