The dough, the chocolate, the ultimate sweet comfort food - the chocolate chip cookie.
I've been doing "healthy" and "wellness" for so long, people think I don't suffer the same food nostalgias as the general population. Yes, food nostalgia. It's a thing. Look it up. I'm proud to say that I wasn't a kid raised on kale. I ate (and enjoyed) french fries, chicken nuggets (didn't enjoy those so much), Chips Ahoy, Fruit by the Foot, Oreos and so much more.
That said, I'm not a huge sweet fan. I really shy away from anything too sugary. Savory all day please! But what is one to do when the nostalgia hits for that warm, half crispy, half chewy goodness that comes out of the oven on a chilly, rainy (gross) day?
Sometimes baking some good ol' fashioned chocolate chip cookies is the only answer.
Here's my answer to the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Some notes about healthier ingredients in your baking.
Use coconut oil instead of butter or margarine/shortening. Margarine and shortenings are highly processed and contain trans fats which can increase risk for heart disease. My rule is to always go for ingredients with as little processing as possible. Think of where your food came from.
Similar rule with sugar. I know, sugar is still sugar, but refined white sugar is, again, highly processed. For the purpose of this experiment in nostalgia, let's stick with sugar and make it a slightly more natural variety. Keep your molasses in your sugar and use cane sugars. (You'll need less of it too.) Baby steps toward eating clean. And chocolate chip cookies are good for mind, body and soul anyway ;)
Ingredients (makes about 50 bite-sized cookies)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/8 cup Organic Cane Sugar
1/8 cup Organic Light Brown Cane Sugar
1 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
1 Organic Egg
Combine the sugars and coconut oil in stand mixer. Mix until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed. Add salt, vanilla and egg. Mix until well-blended. Mix in flour and baking soda. Stir in chopped chocolate bar. Use a teaspoon to form cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. After 15 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, let cool and enjoy!
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