Chocolate Chip Cookie Monsters

I know a lot of moms who like to make healthy treats. Think muffins with hidden vegetables or mashed chick peas, or cookies sweetened with applesauce. I can see why you would do this, and I respect their efforts to make snack time healthier. I have to confess, though, that I am not one of those moms. Grating carrots or adding tofu on the sly just sounds like a lot of work to me, and thankfully my children will generally eat fruits and veggies and cheese and so on without any subterfuge. If that weren’t the case, I’d be keeping zucchini in my freezer, too, I’m sure.

When I bake I don’t make any particular gestures towards healthy eating. I make treats, which are understood to be such. These are ‘sometimes foods’, and our favourite sometimes food is chocolate chip cookies. I have made these so many times I have long since given up using a recipe, or for that matter much in the way of measuring cups. I can whip up my chocolate chip cookie recipe by feel wearing a blindfold, more or less.

Cookie dough close-up

I think the secret to delicious chocolate chip cookies is not to overthink them. Use few ingredients and don’t get too creative. The perfect chocolate chip cookie is not an artistic creation, it is the simple stuff of childhood, and it is served warm. Or, if you’re like me, eaten in batter form, raw eggs and all.

Cookie close-up

It is a rare occasion when I make cookies without at least one little helper. Although they’re really not any help at all, truth be told, and I spend more time trying to keep them from eating butter like it’s a snack food than we spend in happy bonding moments. I’m sure I was the same way when I was a kid, though, and I remember baking fondly. So cookie creation becomes a family activity, and it drags on and leaves me more than a little frazzled.

Cookies fresh from the oven

The recipe here is based loosely on a recipe off of a bag of chocolate chips. It has been sufficiently modified by me that I feel comfortable calling it my own creation, although it’s hardly original in any way, shape or form. I’ve also created a gluten-free option, which is really very yummy.

Amber’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

* Gluten-free option

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups yellow or cane sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour – OR – 2 cups gluten-free flour blend + 1 tsp guar or xantham gum
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet)

Making the cookies:
Cream together the butter and sugar, and then add the eggs and vanilla. Beat together until smooth. Add the baking soda and mix well, then add the flour and mix well. Sometimes it can be hard to mix in the flour, and when this happens I use my (clean!) hands. Because, let’s be honest, I am eating generous amounts of the batter anyway, and your hands are better at mixing than a wooden spoon could ever be. Finally, add the chocolate chips and mix one last time.

Drop the batter in balls on the cookie sheet. I like to bake with parchment paper to keep the cookies from sticking, but you can also bake them on an ungreased cookie sheet and they should be fine. I use my hands for this step, too. I’ve found it’s faster just to grab a big hunk of dough and break off small pieces than to try to scoop with a spoon. Make the cookies as large or small as you like, there is no right or wrong here within reason. Bake at 375 F for about 10 minutes.

If you have not made yourself sick eating cookie dough, then now is the time to make yourself sick eating warm cookies. Leave the rest on a cooling rack to, you know, cool. And, if your child likes to ‘help’ like mine, you might want to get out the dustbuster.

Jacob after 'helping' bake cookies

Happy cookie making!

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  1. 1. what is yellow sugar? is it turbinado?2. how much flour?3. YUM!!! Love how puffy they look.

  2. I cannot BELIEVE I forgot the flour. Oops! It takes 2 cups of flour, and I edited the original post. Thanks for spotting that. :)As for yellow sugar, it's like brown sugar only lighter. I use this Golden Yellow (based solely on the fact it is the kind they sell where I live):

  3. Stupid question (I'm a horrible baker!) but what happens if you use salted butter when a recipe calls for unsalted? Anything other than the obvious extra salt?

  4. Nothing bad would happen if you use salted butter. I don't really like salty cookies, so I use unsalted, but that's just my personal preference. 🙂

  5. Ok, thanks! I'm going to try your recipe tonite!

  6. Oh boy those cookies look good! I agree not to fuss with them too much, the original are the best. I’ve tried them with whole wheat flour though and they turn out pretty tasty.
    I have two little “helpers” myself, who aren’t so much helpful as they are mess makers. Mine also enjoy the butter and the batter – raw eggs and all. I can’t even say I’m making dinner at my house without my three year old pushing me out of the way and pushing a chair up to the counter. But I know that these will make the fondest memories so I only make cookies or muffins when I’m feeling especially patient. Thank you for the recipe, we will certainly try “Amber’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.”

  7. i just drooled on my keyboard. i must bake cookies tonight. i’m a huge fan of raw cookie dough (i leave that to the jellybean) but i do gorge myself on the warm (hot) cookie out of the oven.
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  8. Jasie VanGesen says:

    What on earth is yellow sugar? Is this a wacky Canadian way of saying plain old sugar? 😛

  9. I do the whole wheat flour thing to (mostly for myself) and they taste fine. I keep it to a max 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 all purpose. For muffins/pancakes etc I’ll sub applesauce for butter/oil but not in sweets – it does seem to make a moister product but for things like cookies and brownies I miss the butteriness.

    Must go make cookies now.
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  10. This made me laugh, beginning to end. I’m forever telling you how thought provoking your posts are, do I also write how I love your sense of humor? By the way, my husband’s family choc chip cookies recipe, ceremoniously passed down to me, has oats … do you reckon they’re in leu of chick peas:)?
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  11. It’s probably not a good thing that this has me licking my computer screen. Nom, nom, nom.

  12. Those cookies look all kinds of yum.
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  13. YUMMY!
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  14. I think my all-time favourite cookie is actually oatmeal chocolate chip but there’s something so enduring about the basic chocolate chip cookie. I’m with you on the ‘healthy’ snacks — they’re fine, but as a supplement to treats, not instead of them. Although I do love zucchini bread. Especially because something called zucchini bread seems like it should be gross, but it’s not. I enjoy inherent contradictions
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  15. This looks yummy. I will have to make them.
    For awhile there I had become my mom and was automatically halfing the amount of sugar called for in a recipe. Then my husband talked me out of it. Much better.

  16. LOL, my husband gets all up in arms about raw eggs. I just laugh…I’ve been eating raw cookie dough my entire life…I’m hardly going to stop now.

    I totally have a chocolate chip cookie craving now.
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  17. I think I am going to get a couple cookies now. :o)

  18. Just made them. Pretty yummy!

  19. I will consider this your birthday present to me. And what a good present it is. Thank you! I am sorely in need of a good chocolate chip cookie recipe. All of mine pretty much suck. Maybe it’s those chick peas – ha ha! (Not.)
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  20. mmmm, those look good. We baked chocolate chip cookies over the holidays for the first time in years. So good.
    .-= Lady M´s last post ..More Chatter from the Boys =-.

  21. Yum – those look delicious! I recently found the perfect oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe, I will post about it soon 🙂 My husband has told me to STOP BAKING them though, since he’s trying to lose weight. 😉
    .-= Dionna @ Code Name: Mama´s last post ..Organizing Arts and Crafts =-.

  22. Yes! Chocolate chip cookies are an absolute must in life! Thank you Amber!! My son, almost 2, eats relatively healthy foods, but he does say “cookies” an awful lot. It’s an easy word to say and a lovely thing to eat.
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  23. I make some healthy snacks but sometimes you just need chocolate chip cookies. 🙂 I make them far to often.
    .-= Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green´s last post ..No More Plastic Bags, What Now? =-.

  24. Made these yesterday. Absolutely fabulous.
    .-= Tepary´s last post ..Buttons, Snails, Turkeys and a little Rubbish Diet =-.

  25. I just tried your recipe, but am running into some trouble.. the consistency of my cookie dough differs from the one dough you show in the picture. I followed the recipe exactly! I have no idea what I did wrong : (

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