I love Fall-time. It’s my second favorite time of the year, right after Summer-time. While I love Summer for the warm days, blue sky, and monsoons, I love Fall for the crisp air, vibrant colors, and fresh smell. I also love fall because I start to bake again. Summer is too warm for the oven to be on in Flagstaff, even at night. So while I do some baking in the Summer, Fall and Winter is when my kitchen is filled again with warm smells, sweet confections, and delicious tastes.
I had this morning off. My host teacher was on a field trip with her 2nd hour class, and our 1st hour is our prep. As a result I didn’t have to go into work until a little after noon. I decided to wake up early and bake during my time off. After some contemplating about what the perfect treat for the morning would be, I decided on chocolate chip cookies. The other day I had bought semi-sweet and milk-chocolate chips and wanted to use them. I also wanted a treat to bring to Russell for lunch before I went to work.
This is what I came up with… a combination of many different chocolate chip recipes, tweaked to perfection. Baked for exactly the right time this will produce a crispy, slightly chewy chocolate chip cookie. Using milk-chocolate chips in addition to the semi-sweet chocolate helps the cookies melt in your mouth.
Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/4 c. All-purpose Flour
1 c. Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 c. Wheat Germ (optional)
1 tsp. Baking Soda
3/4 tsp. Salt
1 c. Butter, softened
3/4 c. White Sugar
3/4 c. Brown Sugar, packed
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 c. Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1 c. Milk Chocolate Chips
Cream butter until smooth. Beat in white sugar and stir until smooth. Add in 1 egg and mix until well incorporated. Beat in the brown sugar, and add the egg and mix until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Add baking soda and salt. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time. Stir in the wheat germ, and then chocolate chip cookies. Mix until the chocolate chips are evenly dispersed.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. I found that 9 minutes made a perfectly chewy yet crispy cookie.