A couple years ago, I picked up a bad habit. (I guess “bad” isn’t the right word, because it doesn’t actually harm anything but my waistline…) To deal with stress, I started baking. And I don’t mean box recipes. I started baking things from scratch: bread, cupcakes, tarts, I was up for anything. My specialty, however, has always been chocolate chip cookies.
Truly, there’s just something soothing about a warm, chocolately cookie paired with a cold glass of milk. It’s the epitome of childhood, and it’s comforting to reflect on that; I even go so far as to snag a chunk of cookie dough as I go (I’ve never heard of anyone actually getting salmonella so I choose to live on the edge).
Even better, I find it extremely therapeutic to go through the process of making cookies from scratch. Plus, I don’t own a mixer (although I desperately want a nice one), so I expend a lot of energy as I beat eggs with a fork.
Lately, I’ve been feeling really stressed. While part of it stems from my job and feeling hopelessly stagnant, part of it, too, is personal. When you live alone, it’s really easy to get caught up in your emotions and dwell on negative thoughts way too much. That isn’t healthy (or pleasant) for anyone. Baking is great because it requires just enough thinking and effort to distract you.
So today, I decided to whip out the recipe and make cookies. It’s a bastardized version of this recipe. Literally every time I make them, I get amazing feedback--and I promise you will, too.
Additionally, there’s a few other ways to make baking even better. Personally, I like jamming out to some good music or having a TV show on as background noise. Lately, one of my favorites in the new music department has been the Ballroom Thieves (especially for those who are as big of fans of the Lumineers as I am!). For a good, not intense, TV show, Amazon’s Brain Dead is absolutely hilarious, and takes a light-hearted approach at politics that we all need in today’s world.
Anyway, enough waiting...here’s the recipe!
2 cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup butter, melted (this is important!)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup white sugar
Generous helping of vanilla extract (or 1 tablespoon)
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
1 bag of chocolate chunks
The Oven Stuff
Heat that bad boy to 325* Fahrenheit and grease up your cookie sheet
How to Do It
“Sift” flour, baking soda, and salt. Or be like me and use your fork to mix the ingredients relatively evenly. Do this in a small-ish bowl.
In your big cooking bowl, use a whisk (or fork) to mix the butter and sugars.
Then go to town with your fork and take out all of your stress by beating in the egg stuff and vanilla.
Now, add in your small bowl goods. This is where you’d want a mixer, or just flex your biceps and use your fork. Get those ingredients blended, you boss!
The fun part! Mix in your bag of chocolate chips!
Pop your cookie dough into the fridge for an hour (or 45 minutes if you can’t wait).
After your time is up, snag a bite of that cookie dough (Like I said, I’ve never actually heard of anyone getting salmonella)
Take a spoonful of cookie dough and form it into a ball with your hands. Set it on your greased cookie sheet and then lightly press down with your palm to flatten the top. Remember that the dough will spread as it bakes, so leave some wiggle room between your cookies.
Bake those bad boys for roughly 16 minutes (the edges will be light brown) before letting them cool. (That’s important, nobody likes a burned mouth. Then you won’t be able to enjoy your delicious cookies!)
Either eat them all (hey, no judgement! You’re stressed and you deserve it!) or pack them into a container and bring them to work--your coworkers will love you.
Let me know in the comments if you made these cookies and what you thought! Check out my instagram (@thetokenmillennial) to see how my batch turned out!