Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cinnamon-y Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay, so if you read this blog and know about my chocolate chip cookie obsession, you also know that recently I reconnected with my soul-mate chocolate chip cookie. Don't worry, I'm not leaving it. But just because you're with someone doesn't mean you can't have friends, right? This cookie is my friend.

It has a lot going for it: crispy buttery edges, chewy perfect middles, cinnamon-y aha moment. The cinnamon gives it a warm, wintery twist--a hum of something exotic. It's not an oatmeal cookie parading as a chocolate chip cookie. Oh no, it doesn't even pretend to have any wholesomeness going on. Not only does it not bother with something as whole-grainy as oatmeal, but it's also got a little more sugar than most cookie recipes. It's proud of this. It says, "I'm a cookie, not a snack." I thank it for its honesty. And come on, isn't it kind of refreshing to have a friend or two who is a cookie and not a snack. 

Feeling Christmasy? Throw in a handful or two of Christmas M & M's. They add a nice pop when you bite into them and they make a basic cookie recipe something you can hand to your child's teacher. 

Cinnamon-y Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from (and called Bob's Cookies)
Makes 24-30
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Cook time: 9-10 minutes
Cost: $4.00 or about $.12/cookie
butter: 1.50, sugar: .05, brown sugar: .20, egg: .10, flour: .15, chocolate chips: 2.00

3/4 C (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened (I get mine very softened)
1/2 C white sugar
1 C brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla 
1 1/2 C flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 C chocolate chips (it's a lot)

Cream butter and sugar. Beat it until it's combined well. Add egg and vanilla and beat. Add dry ingredients (except chocolate chips). Stir in chocolate chips. 

Plop it on a cookie sheet or roll it into balls if you want rounder cookies. 

Bake 9-10 minutes at 375. 

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