Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Chocolate chip cookies to the rescue

“Baby, it’s cold outside,
I really can’t stay – Baby it’s cold outside
I’ve got to go away – Baby it’s cold outside
This evening has been – Been hoping that you’d drop in
So very nice – I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice,
Baby, it’s cold outside.”

Written in 1944, we all know this classic Christmas tune by Frank Loesser. I was pondering this song the other day, and I couldn’t help but think, that if Mr. Loesser had this recipe for delicious, ooey, gooey chocolate chip cookies, he could have skipped the song and she would have stayed for cookies and milk. So as I sit here on a cold and blustery night with the little one tucked away in her bed and my hubby watching re-runs of West Wing, I thought I’d share this yummy recipe. Definitely NOT to MAKE anyone STAY. But more to share the joy of a great chocolate chip cookie on a cold night. Plus, I think we can all agree more time needs to be devoted to eating a just-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookie, with a tall, cold glass of milk (almond or soy included). Yummy!

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David’s Chocolate Chippers:

1/2 cup butter/margarine
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (add more if you want more ooey, gooeyness)
1/2 cup broken walnuts or pecans (optional)

Cream butter (or margarine), sugars, egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Sift dry ingredients and stir into creamed mixture and blend well. Add chocolate chips and nuts. (try not to eat the batter – I dare you:)

Drop from teaspoon 2 inches apart on a sprayed or parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes (you know your oven best). Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack to cool.

Freezes very well, and tastes good directly from the freezer.

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* Before you head off to make these delicious cookies – one side note.

My husband, who is NOT a baker decided one night shortly after our daughter was born, that he wanted to make chocolate chip cookies. So he made this recipe, and although it was glorious in all it’s deliciousness, the batter was runny and the cookie was flat. Almost pancake-like. It had a slightly different taste than I was used to, but I couldn’t figure out what it was. He liked them so much, he started making them on a regular basis, which is odd because he doesn’t cook or bake often (like ever)! So one day I noticed our two litre of CLUB SODA was opened, I put two and two together, and realized he thought the recipe called for CLUB SODA, not BAKING SODA. It was quite funny, and plus how can you ‘scold’ anyone who voluntarily makes you chocolate chip cookies? That’s why we now call this recipe David’s chocolate chippers.

There was also the time he used EXPIRED baking soda (very hard), and once he used ‘rock salt’ instead of table salt. He’s learning:)

If you have a SCRUMPTIOUS recipe for chocolate chip cookies – please share the love and the recipe! More chocolate chip cookies to go around! Delicious!

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