Chocolate Chip Cookies (home bake day b/c of Hurricane Joaquin)

As Hurricane Joaquin pushed its storms our way, beating up our southeastern coast line with its never ending rain and out of control flooding, I started to do some brainstorming about how we would spend the next few days.  Being home for 3 days definitely can only mean 1 thing: ITS TIME TO PULL OUT THE MIXING BOWL…DO SOME BAKING-SPECIFICALLY COOKIES!!!  I came across a new recipe and did a little tweaking and here is the final product.  Super easy, super delicious and super fun to bake on a stormy day!!! Enjoy these tasty treats with a large glass of cold, whole milk!!!!

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What you will need for part 1:

  • 1 cup unsalted room temp butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of flour

What you will need for part 2:

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups of dark chocolate morsels (the best are TOLLHOUSE)
  • 1 1/4 crushed walnuts

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What to do:

  • pre-heat oven to 350 degrees f
  • cream the butter and both sugars well in the mixer
  • add eggs, one at a time
  • stir in vanilla extract
  • in a separate bowl, dissolve the baking soda into the hot water and add to mixture
  • add salt to batter
  • add flour, one cup at a time to the batter and mix well
  • hand stir in chocolate chips and walnuts
  • line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • drop batter onto cookie sheet by the spoonful
  • bake for 12 min and check every minute after (cookie edges and cookie bottom will only be a slight golden brown but don’t bake too long because the softness of the center will be lost).

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