My Go-To Chocolate Chip Cookies (these days)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

After my last post went live, the Murphy's Law folks decided to play a joke on me and make most of last week an overwhelming-in-a-sometimes-hilarious-way blur of activity, stomach bugs, and pity parties. Friday rolled around and it was like I could finally catch my breath almost. We had a lovely weekend and an even lovelier long Sunday afternoon nap (all of us!).

I had been meaning to make cookies for a friend at work, and finally got around to it last night. I've been making these cookies for the past few months (actually, they're the only cookies I've made since Molly was born). You've probably all seen them already on Pinterest or a million other blog posts, but I wanted to add my endorsement.

In fact, while on maternity leave, some of our friends brought over dinner and Settlers of Catan (we can hang, sometimes)...I was sitting there and all of the sudden got a hankering for some cookies. I said, "yall time me to see how fast I can get these in the oven." I kid you not, it was definitely under 10 minutes, probably around my magic number of 8 minutes?

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 white cake mix
2 eggs*
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use mini, and eyeball the amount!)

Mix cake mix with oil, eggs, and then stir in chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes (or until they look right).

*I've used egg beaters in place of eggs before and it worked great. I've also actually used 1/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup oil before, and they turned out great too.

Obviously, the possibilities for cake mix flavors, etc are endless, but this is a great chocolate chip-like cookie with really great texture (I think), that you can have out of the oven FAST!

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A quick Juliette story to make you melt... last night,  Jonathan got her settled down for bed (she has been getting riled up with me lately when I try to put her to sleep...she wants to get under the covers like a tent like I did with her the other day...she calls it, "Imma go back 'dere!" (back there)???).

Several minutes after Jonathan left her room, we looked on the monitor and she was lying down and appeared to be asleep. Several minutes later, I was looking at the monitor again (on its cycling pattern between the 2 babies' rooms, every 8 seconds), and Juliette was then sitting up quietly.

Jonathan went in there to check on her, and she just held his phone out to him and quietly said, "Here, Daddy," and then lay back down on her pillow and closed her eyes. Ha! We half wanted to laugh and half cry from the sweetness of it. I guess it had fallen out of his pocket when he was tucking her in.

In case you missed it, these are also good: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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