You know what the best part about Christmas is? It’s your family coming together. If only temporarily, having everyone under one roof again is the most uplifting and happy feeling (unless you have one of those families where you act normal for all of 5 minutes and then its mass chaos). Ahem…mine would be the mass chaos version. My brother came home from his out of state college to spend Christmas break at home. And well…needless to say he wasn’t home 5 minutes before we got into some shenanigans.
You see this kid? He’s our youngest brother…and often the target of mine and his older brother’s shenanigans. In this instance…the target was his haircut. Ahem…or lack thereof. We may or may not have taken a hairbrush and some bobby-pins to the kid’s head. And it may or may not have resulted in him and mom getting busy with a pair of scissors in the bathroom after dinner! Like I said folks…mass chaos.
The one good thing about the mass chaos though? An endless need for snacks and goodies to fuel our evil shenanigans. So tonight, homemade chocolate chip cookies made the top of the snack list! And what’s Christmas without cookies, right?! I mean…so they don’t have snowmen or reindeer on them. And they aren’t shaped into trees. I’m not Martha Stewart guys! Psh, lets just be happy I found a Sharpie today to write names on the presents I wrapped earlier before I forgot who they belong to!
But I have to admit, the hand-drawn saying on the chalkboard behind those cookies, makes me look like I got my crap together! Not like on a Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray level…but I definitely got my hostess skills in check! I’ll look even more put together when I dig out the Christmas food tins I bought on sale after the holiday ended last year! Yup…that’s right. One of those impulse purchases at the clearance section, payed off. I officially have a cookie transport container to deliver these goodies to all those co-workers of mine at the hospital. And with that, I present unto you the most delectable soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie!
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 (12oz) bags of semi-sweet or milk-chocolate morsels
- Cream the butter and both sugars together until it becomes fluffy. Ratios do not give a very creamy texture until other ingredients are added, it will be more fluffy.
- Mix in the egg and vanilla.
- Slowly mix in your dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt). Tip: the cornstarch is what makes these cookies chewy, do not omit.
- Add 1 (12oz) bag of chocolate chips to the dough and stir.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes
- Using a cookie scoop or spoons, measure out cookies and roll into balls. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Use the extra bag of chocolate chips and place 4-5 morsels on top of each cookie dough ball. This gives the aesthetic effect to the cookies. If you aren’t making these for people, then don’t bother! They are going to be great without all that eye-pleasing crap! ha
- Bake at 375, for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
- Remove and transfer to wax paper to cool.