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12.20.2013

Gigi's Chocolate Chip Cookies




I read a lot of blogs and my favorites are the ones that share recipes as well as a glimpse into the writer's life.  I love seeing pictures of peoples' homes and how they decorate and their neighborhoods and local restaurants/coffee shops.  I love hearing about the books people read & dinners they make...  There's something fascinating and inspiring to me about how other people spend their days.  Also, now that I'm pregnant (okay, and way before) I love reading blogs written by young moms and hearing about their pregnancies and adorable babies.  There are a few bloggers that I have been following for some time now and although they have no idea who I am, I laugh to my husband that it feels like we're friends.

There's one blog, written by an awesome gal named Kacie, that I think I first came across when I was googling baby stuff (also probably before I was pregnant - yes, I have had a secret "baby" Pinterest board for at least a year).  It's called "A Collection of Passions" and she shares great recipes, baby tips, gorgeous photos of her family, and my favorite part - the most adorable videos you have ever seen of her cooking & baking with her daughter, Gigi.  Now that we're expecting a daughter of our own (who will probably come out just as fluffy-blonde-haired), my husband and I love watching these videos and imagining baking with our own little pajama-clad muffin on Sunday mornings.

They're all ridiculously cute, but this Chocolate Chip Cookie video is my favorite.  I finally made the cookies and they were so good that I now make them all the time and my husband and I refer to them as "Gigi's Cookies".  I also passed the recipe onto a friend and she told me that her husband said they were the best cookies she had ever made - so thank you, Kacie & Gigi!

So now that you're full of adorable-ness and wishing you were full of chocolate chip cookies, here's the fantastic recipe:



Gigi's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe by Kacie McMackin of 'A Collection of Passions'

Ingredients:


Dry Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 
1 tiny pinch of freshly shaved nutmeg, optional
  • 
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chocolate chips

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract



Directions:


1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Mix flour, salt & baking soda together in a bowl.

3.  In a separate bowl, cream together your butter & sugar (if you don't have a mixer you can do this by hand).  Then add the vanilla.

4.  In a separate small bowl, whisk your eggs and then add them to your butter & sugar mixture.  Mix well.

5.  Now, slowly sprinkle in your flour and mix until it's just incorporated (Don't over mix!  We want to keep these cookies nice & fluffy).  Stir in the chocolate chips.

6.  Scoop up spoonfuls of dough and roll them into balls (a little smaller than a golf ball).  Place on baking sheet about 2-3 inches apart.  (If you have room, keep your dough in the fridge between batches so it stays cold.  This will help to keep your cookies from flattening).

7.  Bake for 9-11 minutes, until the edges of your cookies start to turn a nice golden brown and they're light brown in the middle (I find mine usually take about 11-12 minutes, probably because I make them a little larger). 

Great tip:  This batch makes around 30 cookies so I took a tip from Kacie and placed a sheet of the uncooked dough-balls in the freezer.  Once they're frozen you can toss them in a ziploc bag and save them to have on hand for fresh-baked cookies whenever you want!  (Note: If you're baking them from frozen, increase the baking time to 12-15 minutes).


Have a great weekend!







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