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The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ll go ahead and warn you: This is one of those Let Me Tell You a Story posts where I type and type and type about something and then finally get to the recipe from the post title. So if you’re just here for the recipe? Click here.

It’s not a long story, though. I promise. Here goes.

The Great British Baking Show Bake-Along that I’ve been participating in on Facebook has started up again, and the first challenge is Regional Biscuits. The instructions are to make a dozen perfectly identical cookies that have a recognizably regional flavor and that have a personal meaning to the baker. I don’t know that there’s a regional cookie from my area, though, and I know I can’t get my Aunt Judy’s rugelach to look anything even close to identical (and possibly not even edible).

So I decided to go with the all-American chocolate chip cookie.

Fortunately for me, my friend April sent her chocolate chip cookie recipe out with her holiday cards this year. It was boldly titled “The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies.” My first thought was “Oh, that’s a sweet idea,” and my second thought was, “Wow, April, that’s a pretty big flex. Let’s see what you’ve got.”

But it was Christmas and so I didn’t try it for a few weeks. I made my first batch last week, and I am happy to report that she was not overstating things. These are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. They have a ridiculous chip-to-cookie ratio, and they’re somehow crisp and chewy all at the same time.

I’m not sure why I was surprised that they’re perfect, though. April is a scientist, and I’m positive this recipe went through lots of testing under rigorous conditions before she committed to it.

The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
courtesy of April Bauer

1 1/4 cups unsalted butter (10oz)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (8oz)
1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar (10oz)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups bread flour, approximately 20oz
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chunks
Maldon sea salt

Cream together butter and sugars. Beat in eggs one at a time until mixture is homogenous. Add vanilla.

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt.

Add flour mixture to the prepared butter/sugar mixture. Beat together until homogenous. Stir in the chocolate chips. (This takes some effort. Twenty ounces is a LOT of chocolate chips.)

Cover and chill dough at least 4 hours and up to 4 days.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper approximately 2 inches apart. Sprinkle each dough ball with a few crystals of Maldon sea salt flakes.

Bake until edges are golden brown, approximately 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely, if you can stand the wait.

In which we have an excess of subscription meal boxes

Well I missed days 9, 10 and 11 of National Blog Posting Month, so I think it’s safe to say I won’t be completing it this year. I was a little disappointed with myself on Saturday morning when I realized I hadn’t written anything on Friday, because this will be this first November in a lot of years that I haven’t posted something every day. But the good news is that I am write on track on my National Novel Writing Month project. In the word-count sense, that is. The story itself is off-the-rails nonsensical. But I’m still doing that, and it’s taking up most of my words every day.

A friend gave me a try-it-out code for Hello Fresh recently, and we’re trying that out this week. It’s overlapping with my Blue Apron experiment, so pretty much all of our groceries were delivered to the door this week. It’s felt extremely indulgent. I have a code for $40 off at Hello Fresh if any of you would like to try it out. Disclaimer: I’ll get a $20 credit it you use that link.

Monday: Lemon pepper chicken linguine

This is from Hello Fresh, and I think there’s a 50-50 chance the kids will like it.

Tuesday: Out probably
It’s a pretty scattered day. Maybe I’ll come through the door with bags of freshly prepared salads, but it’s more likely to be cheeseburgers.

Wednesday: Honey-glazed Pork Tenderloin
This one’s also from Hello Fresh. I’m a sucker for anything honey-glazed, so I’m expecting to like this.

Thursday: Seared Chicken with Honey Mustard
This one is from Blue Apron, and the kids will be off rehearsing for “A Christmas Carol” so it’ll just be me and Rockford trying it out. It looks a little plain.

Friday: Steak fajitas
The kids have had play practice so often lately that they haven’t been helping with dinner, but they’ll be home Friday night so Pete is going to make us some fajitas. With a lot of assistance, sure, but it’s his show.

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.

It’s Election Day and I want to eat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for dinner

Today is Midterm Election Day in America, and it’s kind of a big deal. We talked about that yesterday, though, and I am trying not to spin the wheels of anxiety thinking about that. I’m also trying to be more mindful about eating my feelings, so instead of diving into a big pile of Halloween candy let’s talk about our menu for the week.

Monday: Crab cakes

Everyone else was elsewhere for dinner last night, so I bought myself some crab cakes from Publix and had a nice and tasty little dinner all alone. It was not unpleasant.

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Bacon Apple BBQ Chicken
It almost takes longer to type the name of the recipe than it does to prepare it. Not really, though, because I have to peel and chop five apples and I am slow at that.

Wednesday: Poppyseed Chicken
Wednesday is Pete’s birthday, and this is what he wanted for dinner. I haven’t made it in a long time because it’s chock-full of sour cream and I don’t eat dairy anymore. I have not decided if I’m going to pop some Lactaid and go for it or not.

Thursday: Undetermined
The kids have play practice and we’ll have guests visiting, so we may go out.

Friday: Frozen pizzas
Fancy Friday, as always.

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.