The number one question that I get asked when people meet me, knowing I have a baking blog, is- “How are you not fat?” Seriously- I get asked that weekly if not more often. I know it makes little sense- I’m baking, posting (and eating,) lots of treats per week and while I’ve definitely put on 5 lbs. since The Baker Chick was born, it hasn’t gotten out of hand. I exercise occasionally, (much to the dismay of my husband who is a personal trainer,) but what I really practice every single day is the art of moderation. For me if I eat a healthy diet I can still manage desserts several times a week as long as I don’t go overboard. I like a small slice of cake, or one brownie or cookie and then I typically give the rest away. It’s a system that works for me and I plan on sticking to it- as I never see giving up sweets in my future!
I wanted to post my version of a “healthy” recipe, but I didn’t want to sacrifice taste or texture or anything like that. I also don’t like using artificial “low fat” ingredients instead of the regular ones. So I decided to preach what I practice- small portions and delicious treats in moderation. This recipe makes the smallest batch of chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made (between 2-6 cookies depending on how big you like them.)
It took a couple tries to get the texture just right, but my Mom and I agreed that these were pretty perfect. I love a crackly cookie and these look so beautiful coming out of the oven. The edges get perfectly crisp but the inside is still chewy and soft. I like making 3 cookies, (one for me- two for him,) but you can make two jumbo cookies- or even 6 smaller ones.
I’m off today to Orlando for the Food Blog Forum at Disney World! I couldn’t be more excited!! (I have big plans to wear my new suit at the fancy swimming pool at our hotel.) With my Mom in town, and the weekend away- my posts next week may be a little wanky- bear with me!)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- In a small bowl, whisk the butter and sugar together. Add the vanilla and yolk and whisk until smooth and creamy.
- Sprinkle the flour, baking soda and salt over the wet ingredients, and stir until just mixed. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Scoop the dough into 2-6 portions depending on how many cookies you want. They will spread a lot- so leave at least 3-4 inches between each scoop of dough.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes. Do NOT overbake. They may look doughy on the inside- but they will continue to bake while they cool.
- Cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.