This might be a pretty uncool thing to say, but cookies might be my all-time favorite
Yes-- I love cake, ice cream is good, cobblers and pies are fine, and you can never go wrong with a good hot fudge brownie-- but, I honestly just think that cookies are superior to them all.
And here's the interesting thing about cookies: even though they are probably the most casual of sweet things and have reputation for being the cool, fun person that you want at every party, they are actually probably one of the most touchy, least-forgiving of the common desserts, in my opinion.
(Oh my gosh, cookies are the Taylor Swift of baked goods!)
Not only do they have more of a drastic difference between store-bought and homemade than most other desserts, but you can mess them up pretty easily by over-baking them or leaving them on the pan for too long or just having a sup-par recipe.
Because of my love and respect for chocolate chip cookies in particular, I spent a couple of years trying out tons of different recipes in search for THE ONE. The perfect, cookie soulmate.
(This was also during the years I was chronically pregnant and nursing babies all day, so I had the time and motivation to commit to such a noble cause.)
And, you guys, I'm proud to say that my pathetic life priorities TOTALLY paid off because I found it.
The perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.
They're thick and chewy and moist (sorry.. there's really no way to warn people when that word is going to pop up out of nowhere) and perfect.
It turns out that the secret all along was: corn starch! Who knew?
Also, I like to use milk chocolate chips, rather than semi-sweet, which can get a little too rich.
Say goodbye to thin, dry, crispy cookie imposters forever, because your heroes have arrived.
The only possible downside I can think of to making these would be that people might start only liking you for the cookies and then you won't know who your real friends are.
(Which must be how Taylor feels all the time, poor thing.)
But, who cares! You'll have cookies to drown your sorrows in!
The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies
(found somewhere on the internet with a link that no longer works)
3/4 cup (a stick and a half) softened butter
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Cream butter and sugars together, mix in beaten egg and vanilla
-Add dry ingredients, then chocolate chips.
-Drop spoonfuls on ungreased baking sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes (edges should be golden)
-Transfer to a cooling rack and try not to devour all at once.