For as far back as I can remember, I haven’t gone one single week without dining out. Not one. When I was younger, my brother, sister, and I would rush to get our weekly chores done by Friday night so that we could be rewarded with tasty cheeseburgers and French fries. That was lifetime ago though. Most recently, I have found myself spending every Wednesday night out at Wing Night with my friends, getting our favorite flavors of chicken wings with the BEST loaded cheese fries this side of the Susquehanna River has to offer.
Like clockwork, each week, after my friends and I are done with our meals, the waitress always asks us (read “begs us”) if we want dessert. Now, having been a waitress in my past life, I understand what her secret plan is here. We order dessert, translating into a higher bill, which then turns into a larger tip for her. However, each week, we kindly turn her down, making up a polite excuse for why we are not giving into her failed attempts at dessert sales.
In reality, it’s not that we are too stuffed from our meals to indulge in a rich, tempting treat; the restaurants we patronize just don’t offer the kinds of desserts we are hungry for. You see, after a long day at work and a fulfilling meal, the only way to top it off would be with a warm, chewy, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie with a side of fat-free milk (you have to be somewhat healthy you know).
But, even though I know I am not the only person who could really go for a nice, soft chocolate chip cookie (honestly, all of my Wing Night friends agree), restaurants near and far (and by that I mean within the tri-county area that I travel) refuse to sell these fabulous feats of bakery mastery that only a well-seasoned grandmother could concoct in her tiny residential kitchen. Sure some places serve cookies, but are they warm? Fresh baked? Chewy? That may be questionable.
This week, the new guy around here, Nate, decided he would share his girlfriend’s fresh baked chocolate chip cookies with us. I’m not even kidding you here when I say that these cookies were the best cookies ever! Just like grandma makes them!
So I could not go without sharing with you this recipe. Restaurateurs, please take notes. Listen to my pleas and start offering warm chocolate chip cookies like these for dessert! Your lovely waitresses will not need to beg me any longer to purchase dessert from them.
What you need:
- 2 ¼ C. all-purpose flour
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1 t. salt
- 1 C. butter, softened
- ¾ C. packed brown sugar
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 2 lg. Eggs
- 4 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
What you do:
Start by getting a relatively small mixing bowl, and combining the flour, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla (until nice and creamy). To this wet mixture, add in the eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat them in well after each addition. Once all the eggs are added, beat in the flour mixture (SLOWLY). Finally, add in the chocolate chips and stir by hand. Drop by the tablespoonful onto an ungreased sheet pan and bake for only 9-11 minutes in a preheated 375 degree Fahrenheit oven. Makes between 2 and 3 dozen cookies, depending on how big you make them.