Every Sunday I can count on a few things: I’ll be asking Matt “have you seen my leggings!?” because I
forgot to chose not to shave my legs, I will be driving like a maniac to make it to church on time, and I’ll be drooling over pictures of cookies on my friend Janae’s instagram. Janae is the type of friend that you brag about because you hope her awesomeness makes you seem cool by association. She’s a gorgeous single mama who works full-time, runs a blog and two etsy shops, and is a master of sarcasm. Seriously, you should read some of her facebook posts. She’s been posting pics with the hashtag ‘cookiesunday’ for a while now and I keep thinking “that’s my kind of tradition!” So, with her permission, we hereby instate COOKIE SUNDAY!!! SORRY ABOUT THE CAPS LOCK I ALREADY HAD COOKIES!!!!! You’ll probably be seeing more of Janae on here as a guest blogger for Cookie Sundays and in the meantime go check out her etsy shops (sarcasticgirl & claireandjanae)!
Alright, let’s talk baked goods. I like cookies, you probably like ‘em, we all know this guy
likes loves them. There are lots of different types, but above all is the iconic and simply delicious chocolate chip cookie. I’m gonna share my favorite kitchen items, a few ‘top tips’, and a recipe that hasn’t failed me yet.
Fave kitchen gadget & appliance
First up, the cookie scoop. Maybe you think you don’t need this because you can get by with a regular spoon or…your hands.
“I have two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!”
Well, if you bake cookies on a semi-regular basis, just suck it up and spend the $13! It will make the process so much easier for you and makes the end product more uniform and evenly cooked. You can pick one up from Bed Bath & Beyond or as my dad calls it, Bath & Body Works.
Second listed but first in my heart is my beautiful Kitchenaid stand mixer. My aunt and uncle win for best wedding gift. It’s just so pretty O_O It makes baking a hundred million billion times easier for me. Because you really need to whip your butter and sugar well to get a good cookie, I suggest some sort of electric mixer whether it’s a stand or hand mixer.
OK, let’s get baking!
- 2 sticks of cool-room temp. butter
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. coarse salt (preference)
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 mins.
Follow along below for the tips that helped me understand the basics of making a perfect cookie!
Cream the butter. The butter shouldn’t be hard and just out of the fridge but it also shouldn’t be mushy. It will soften as you cream it (about 1 min.) so as long as it has been out of the fridge for 15-20 mins., it should be ready to go.
Cream the sugars with the butter. At the minute mark, begin adding your sugars and allow them to cream with the butter for another 2 mins. You want the mixture to be fluffy, light and smooth.
Add your wet ingredients, mix only until incorporated. This will be when you add your eggs (one at a time) and your vanilla. Don’t overmix at this point.
Have your dry ingredients ready to go. I usually do this step first. Measuring out all the flour and baking soda and salt takes a while and just harshes my mellow flow of cookie-making. I like to have everything ready to mix; it makes the counter more manageable and gets you from point-A to point-eating-cookies just that much faster! You’ll also want to mix in the dry ingredients a little at a time to give the wet ingredients a chance to absorb them. And so you don’t get covered in flour.
Use parchment paper or aluminum foil. I don’t trust them when they say it’s “non-stick.” I also prefer not to use cooking spray or a greased cookie sheet because it browns the bottom too much for my taste. Plus, by using paper or foil there are less dishes to wash!
Set your timer. I don’t know if you’re like me, but I usually forget to set a timer or even look at the clock when I put something in the oven. I’ve been trying to be better about this. Sorry, this isn’t exactly a “top” tip…
Let your cookies cool! Just give them a minute to relax. Your tastebuds can handle the wait.
Bonus tip: If you and/or your family members have no self control, freeze or refrigerate the rest of the dough. I just made a dozen tonight (this recipe makes 3) so everyone got 2 cookies and now we have treats for the rest of the week. Yeah right, this dough will be gone as soon as they get home from school tomorrow.