Today is a snow day. Not one of those dreamy snow days where you wake up to a fresh white blanket of snow and you run outside to make snow angels with your sisters. It’s more of a rainy day. Nonetheless, what is a girl cooked up in her apartment supposed to do? Bake cookies, naturally.
The perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe is something extremely personal. Whether your family’s secret recipe is on the back of Nestle Toll House chocolate chip bag, or in your grandmother’s World War II journal, everyone has a recipe they believe to be the best. Up until yesterday, my ‘secret recipe’ was on the back of every chocolate chip bag in every supermarket across the nation. But after yesterday, I am proud to say I have found my own unique recipe.
My new recipe comes from the lovely Londoner, who I more than adore. These classic chocolate chip cookies are everything a chocolate cookie should be and more. I changed the recipe slightly, just omitting the hazelnuts.
A Dozen Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies:
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
3/4c (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix the dry ingredients
- In a separate bowl, beat the sugar and butter
- Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
- Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture and work those muscles.
- Mix in chocolate chips.
- Using your hands, roll dough into balls and flatten slightly on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12 minutes, while painting your nails (you’ll need a distraction) or until golden brown.
- Place on a cooling rack and enjoy with a glass of almond milk and your best girlfriends.
They are perfectly sweet, chewy, dense, with a touch of salt. Perfection.
Blondes and brunettes are usually always competing. Who is hotter, smarter, sexier? Who is going to get the prince? (It’s true, Kate Middleton won that one). But if there is one thing that can bring them together, it is these bars.
Sorry brownies, time to make room for Blonder than Barbie Bars. The best blondie I have ever eaten, and hands down my best creation. These bars are better than the best, they’re blonder than Barbie. Decadent, sweet, and satisfying.
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 banana, mashed
1/2 stick butter
6 oz plain Chobani greek yogurt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup yogurt covered raisins
1/2 cup white chocolate chunks or chips
Throw everything in a bowl and combine it. Then pour into a greased pan and cook 25 minutes at 375 degrees or until golden…blonde. You can let them cool for 5 minutes, or do what I did and enjoy them hot out of the oven.
Watch them disappear as all your brunette friends eat them with envy. Sorry brownies, blondes really do do it better.
Is it too late to still be talking about the Emmys? I don’t think so! Here are my favorite Emmy looks.
Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier. I love that she kept her hair and makeup simple and let the dress do the talking. She’s also vegan, which is awesome!
Padma Lakshmi also wearing Monique Lhuillier. The orange simply makes her complexion glow and again I love the natural hair and simple makeup.
Kerry Washington looks absolutely stunning in this Vivienne Westwood gown.
Marena Baccarin wearing a plunging, grey, Basil Soda gown.
The reporters count too, right? Giuliana Rancic rocked it in Romona Keveza.
And my favorite look of the night was Julie Bowen again wearing Monique Lhuillier. She looked comfortable and effortless.
As for the worst dressed, I don’t believe in worst dressed lists. As long as you feel beautiful in what you are wearing, as far as I’m concerned, you are.
Every night I drink a mug of Get Gorgeous tea. It is full of antioxidants and is simply delicious. Instead of throwing the empty tin away when the tea is all gone, I keep my makeup brushes in them. It keeps my brushes clean and is recycling at its finest.
You can find Get Gorgeous tea from here.