Spring turned back to fall this week. Every afternoon my daughter comes home from school stressed out. With the end of the year approaching, teachers are cramming in loads of work. I always said I wanted to be one of those moms who would have homemade treats ready when my kid(s) came home from school. It’s how I grew up. If I came home to an empty house, it most likely meant my mom was visiting with neighbors nearby. I would hear her laugh before I saw her. When I was older, if she had to be away, she left a note on the counter letting me know where she was. It makes me sad to think of all the young kids who come home to empty houses every day. I have the privilege of being able to work at home, and the flexibility to bake cookies with my daughter. I feel very fortunate!
Let’s bake cookies!
This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie. They’re made with bread flour, which is responsible for their soft, cakey crumb. Just out of the oven, the pockets of dark chocolate melt deliciously in your mouth.
Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 3/4 cups Bread flour
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon sea salt
1 cup (2 cubes) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 Teaspoons pure vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups dark chocolate pieces or chips
Sift flour, baking and sea salt together in a smallish bowl. Set aside. Place softened butter in the bowl of an electric mixer (or hand mixer). Add sugars and blend until smooth and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well. Add the flour mixture and mix until combined. Add chocolate chips and stir by hand. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet two inches apart. Bake in a preheated 350°F. oven for 11-12 minutes. The cookies will still be a bit soft. Leave them on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
I hope you have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!