Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

Oh boy, am I in trouble.

Big trouble.

No, I didn’t blow up another appliance (although that was a good guess).

The source of my predicament? I am weak sometimes. Very weak. You know, I’m not perfect. Never claimed to be. I have lots of flaws. I do my best to hide them, yet sometimes they escape to the surface.

An unavoidable addiction to chocolate is one of my biggest flaws.

The chocolate craving hit me last night. I couldn’t resist. After pushing myself with a 15 mile bike ride, and a Cross-fit workout (don’t say it!), I caved in big time. I made myself this single serving chocolate chip cookie in a mug. It was delicious.

And then I had to shield my eyes from the envious glare of someone that could not partake in the craving with me.

I felt bad.

But not bad enough to not eat it.

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And how I have to suffer the consequences, because she isn’t speaking to me…..

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug – adapted from Sweetest Kitchen

  • 1 tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 tbs. dark brown sugar
  • ⅛ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbs. all purpose flour
  • 2 heaping tbs. dark/semisweet chocolate chips

Choose a microwave-safe mug/ramekin/small bowl. Place the butter in the mug and melt in the microwave; do this in 15 second intervals at about 70% power (it should be melted, not boiling). When you have small bits of butter remaining, take it out of the microwave and gently swirl, or stir, the butter until the bits have melted. To the melted butter, add sugars and vanilla. Stir well. Add the egg yolk and stir well to combine. Add the flour, and stir until combined. The consistency of the dough should be similar to real cookie dough; if it’s too runny, add a touch more flour until the consistency is firmer, or if it’s too stiff, add a splash of milk. Add the chocolate chips and stir to evenly distribute throughout the dough. Flatten the surface of the dough with the back of the spoon. Microwave at about 70% power for 30-40 seconds. Do not overcook.
If you overcook it, it will be become dry and hard, so always err on the side of less cooking time.

LWK’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

So…. I have this friend……. (doesn’t every great story start out like that?)…. who possesses an unequivocal, unabashed and austere passion for cookies.

Not cake. Not ice cream.

Cookies.

Drop, rolled, filled….you get the idea. However, they must be texturally correct (read: crisp, not too thick, not too much chocolate – why do I feel like I’m dealing with Goldilocks some days?) …otherwise, *pfffft* ….out they go….. to the dungeon more commonly referred to as the trash can.

Serious stuff.

Anyway, it is a constant search on my part for the “perfect for this person” cookie. I’ve already mastered oatmeal raisin and snickerdoodles, so it is with great pleasure (and a little pomp and circumstance thrown in for good measure) to present this friend’s favorite chocolate chip cookie.

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One year ago: Potato Broccoli Croquettes

LWK’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies – adapted from a recipe by lee napoli

8 tbs. unsalted butter
3/4 c. packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tbs. granulated sugar
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tbs. flour
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Melt the butter in a large bowl. When the butter cools to slightly warm, add the brown and granulated sugar. Mix well. Beat in the egg and yolk. Whisk together the flour and baking soda, then add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until blended. Stir in the vanilla and chocolate chips.

Drop dough (using a #30 cookie scoop) onto prepared baking sheets. Flatten dough slightly using the palm of your hand. For best results, chill dough for at least an hour before baking. Bake until nicely browned, about 13-15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cookie Baker’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, people tend to be extremely vocal and particular with their preferences.

Thick or thin? Crunchy or chewy? Loaded with chips or standard amount?

Highly pressing matters indeed.

These cookies definitely fall into the crunchy / thick / standard amount of chips category – and they were made for a very, very, very good cause.

‘Cause my absolute bestest friend asked for them. Actually, here’s the way it was worded: “You know, I could really go for a crunchy chocolate chip cookie with an ice cold glass of milk right about now.”

Handled :)

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Cookie Baker’s Chocolate Chip Cookies – adapted from Cookie Baker Lynn

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tbs. vanilla extract
3 and 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugars with a mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. In a medium bowl mix together the flour and baking soda. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, stirring just until combined. Add the chocolate chips when there are still traces of flour showing. Mix until everything comes together.

With a medium (#30) cookie scoop, form balls of dough. Place the dough balls on the prepared baking baking sheets (At this point, I chill the dough for several hours before baking – to prevent the cookies from spreading out too much) Bake for 13 -15 minutes, or until the tops are set and the edges begin to brown.  Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies

The heat wave is finally over…. and somehow, in a sick, twisted form of reality, 101 degrees doesn’t feel too bad…

Crazy, I know….

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies – adapted from Lisa Yockelson

1 cup plus 2 tbs. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature (next time, I’ll use one stick)
1/2 cup plus 2 tbs. packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup lightly crushed chex cereal
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking soda and baking powder. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the brown sugar at medium speed until blended. Beat in the granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. At low speed, beat in the dry ingredients, in 2 additions. With a large wooden spoon, mix in the oats, chips and cereal. Cover the cookie dough and refrigerate for 1 hour, until chilled.
Preheat the oven to 375°. Line 3 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a rounded tablespoon, spoon mounds of dough onto the baking sheets, at least 3 inches apart. Bake the cookies for about 14 minutes, until golden and just set. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

Our favorite Chocolate Chip Biscotti

I don’t know about you, but my Monday morning kicked off with one very panicked, completely freaked out, almost hysterical 15 year girl.

And yes, I am referring to Sabrina.

The cause of her extreme emotional distress? Not a broken nail, or a bad hair day, or a burnt bagel……… this was much, much (in her mind) worse: her phone was frozen. It was a crisis, I tell you. And it was compounded when she realized that she would have to go to school without it.

“How am I going to be able to talk to you during the day?!? How will I know when you’re at school to pick me up?? How are you going to fix it? What if you can’t? What if the Apple store resets it and I lose EVERYTHING ON MY PHONE??!!”

deep breath Sabrina, deep breath…….

Fortunately for me, staying calm when someone is about to lose their cool is a valuable skill I learned a long time ago. Alexander, of course, was relishing her hysterics and came about thisclose to being thrown into the pool by her.

Actually, that would have been funny to watch.

Anyway, I took her (sulking, naturally) to school, and headed straight to work – where I then reset it using the little pinhole next to the earphone outlet. The phone opened up right away – problem solved, crisis averted, and life as we know it will carry on as normal.

“Normal” being a highly debatable term right now…..

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Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Biscotti – adapted from Williams Sonoma

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbs. espresso powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment and set aside.

Whisk together flour, baking powder and cinnamon. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together butter and both sugars.  Add the espresso powder, then beat in the eggs one at a time until blended. Stir in the flour mixture and chocolate chips. Divide the dough in half, and shape each half into a long slender loaf on the prepared sheets. Smooth the tops and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top springs back lightly when touched and the loaves are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Using a serrated knife, cut the loaves into 1/2″ slices and return to the baking sheet. Bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container, or freeze for longer storage.

Cowboy Cookies

I have come to the conclusion that cowboy cookies came about their name due to the fact that someone who was a cowboy (or someone who lived in Texas – same thing) decided that calling them “chocolate chip cookies with extra stuff” wasn’t catchy enough.

No matter, though – these are thick, chewy-crunchy, delicious and I really wish I had more of them stashed in the freezer…….

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Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies – adapted from Laura Bush

3 cups flour
1 tbs. baking powder
1 tbs. baking soda
1 tbs. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tbs. vanilla
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
2 cups chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a second bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar and brown sugar and beat for another 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
Stir in the flour mixture, blending until just combined. Add the chips, oats, coconut, and pecans and stir until fully incorporated.
At this point, I form the cookies and chill them for several hours before I bake them.

Drop by rounded tablespoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet, making sure to allow plenty of room between cookies. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are set and golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before placing on a cooling rack.

Monster Chocolate Oatmeal Krispies

While I was out walking today, two major events happened:

1. I covered 6 miles without even realizing it.

and

2. I had a fabulous, witty, introspective post written in my head. Which was great, except for one minor detail:

I can’t remember any of it now…..

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Monster Chocolate Oatmeal Krispies – adapted from serious eats

1 ½ cups + 4 tbs. all purpose flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup rice krispies (or crushed cornflakes, or whatever cereal you have)
1 cup chocolate chips

In a bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, and add the eggs one at a time. On low speed, add the flour mixture, then oatmeal, cereal and chocolate chips, mixing just until blended.

Form the cookies using a ¼ cup measure, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Chill the formed cookies for a few hours before baking.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Space the cookies at least 3 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the centers are set. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely

Compost Cookies

Ho ho ho and away we go…… the tree is decorated, the menus are (just about) complete, the presents are being wrapped today, and it’s only 10 days until Christmas.

Pass the egg nog please :)

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Compost Cookies – adapted from Momofuku Milk Bar

4 ounces cold unsalted butter, chopped up
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
1/2 tablespoon corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup broken pretzel pieces

 

In stand mixer with paddle attached, cream cold butter, both sugars and corn syrup on medium high until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl.

Add eggs and vanilla and beat to incorporate. Meanwhile, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

By hand or using lowest speed of mixer, stir in flour mixture, then stir in chips and pretzels. Using about heaping 1/3 cup measure, scoop up dough and form rounds, then place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for a few hours or until ready to bake. DO NOT BAKE your cookies from room temperature or they will not hold their shape.

Heat conventional oven to 400°F. (350°F in convection oven). Arrange chilled cookie dough balls on parchment or non-stick foil lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 12-13, or until the centers are set. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool a bit before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

 

Urban Legend aka Neiman Marcus Cookies

I’m making a list and checking it twice……..

To see who has been naughty or nice? Not exactly.

For Christmas presents? Wrong again.

The envelope please…….dun dun dun……. the correct answer is:

Cookies!

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Each year at this time, I deliver boxes of cookies to the people and businesses that take care of me (and my dog, and my children) during the year. A sweet way to say “thank you”, as it were.

The trouble is, I have a tough time narrowing down exactly which cookies will be included in the boxes. I’m always inundated with ideas and options……..but these cookies, packed with oats and chocolate, somehow manage to make the cut every single time.

Because one thing I’ve learned over time, is that people tend to choose the cookies that are the simplest…..

Urban Legend aka Neiman Marcus Cookies

2 ½ cups oatmeal
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
12 oz. chocolate chips
4 oz. grated chocolate

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Grind oatmeal to a fine powder and mix with the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and both sugars. Add the eggs, one at a time until well blended. Mix in vanilla and chocolates. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until lightly browned and the center is set.

Yield – about three dozen cookies, depending on size.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cookies

Thanksgiving is ovahhhh……

** happy dance **

Would you like to know what that means to me? I’m so excited because now it’s time to bring on the Christmas cheer! Yay! Time for abundant pretty lights (thank you KJ!), Christmas decorations galore (shout-out to Sabrina for her artistic input!), festive clothing (thanks Mom for the awesome new threads!) and lots and lots of Christmas cookies.

That would be a big “thank you” to myself for those. :)

psssst – don’t forget to mention the extended workouts to negate the “lots and lots” of cookies.

So…… let’s kick off the unofficial start of cookie week here with one of my absolute favorites – chocolate chip gingerbread. Because you may have noticed, I have a serious “thing” for the cinnamon/ginger spice combo :

Now kindly excuse me while I attend to my gingerbread house design  – another “I’m-so-excited-to-be-doing-this” project in the making!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cookies – adapted from Martha Stewart

7 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tbs. unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
8 tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cocoa.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and brown sugar until well blended.  Add molasses; beat until combined.
In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda in 1 1/2 teaspoons boiling water. Beat half of flour mixture into butter mixture. Beat in baking-soda mixture, then remaining half of flour mixture. Mix in chocolate; turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Pat dough out to about 1 inch thick; seal with wrap; refrigerate until firm, 2 hours or more.
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Roll dough into 1 1/2- inch balls; place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Refrigerate 20 minutes. Roll in granulated sugar. Bake until the surfaces crack slightly, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.