My friends and I had a potluck for Thanksgiving a few weeks ago (Canadian Thanksgiving) but I was working all weekend and so I didn’t have time to go grocery shopping. I had to make something from the ingredients I had available at home. My roommate suggested making cookies because they are made of ingredients that you can always find in your cabinets. I looked at her and said: “COOKIES? But I’ve never made cookies…” Being French, cookies are not really a thing we make and I was worried to try something new for the first time, that too for a Thanksgiving potluck. At this point I didn’t really have a choice and so I started looking for recipes.
I woke up early the next day to make the cookies before work. Once I took the cookies out of the oven, I went to my room to skype my parents. While I was talking to my family, I could hear my other roommate and my boyfriend discussing how great the cookies looked and how good they smelt.
I gave them some of the cookies and left the rest for the potluck. Just from their expression I could see they were loving the cookies. My boyfriend looked at me and asked “Are these glutenfree?” I told him they weren’t and he said “that’s why!! OMG so good!” Unfortunately I can’t have those cookies since they’re not gluten free 😦 I really need to find a recipe of gluten free cookies for myself!
My friends at the potluck really liked them too!
My boyfriend loved them so much that we made another batch the next week so he could bring them to the library as a study snack for him and some friends.
Anyway, so here is the recipe of the 4 Cs: Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies! They’re great for both potlucks and studying! 🙂
For the chocolate, I use a speciality baking chocolate I bring back from France every time I go home (Nestle Cuisine for all of the Frenchies out there!) because it is a thousand times better than the baking chocolate I find here. I think the quality of your chocolate is immensely important and has the ability to change the entire recipe! So try to find the best baking chocolate in your grocery store. If not, it’ll still be delicious 🙂
This recipe makes about 20 cookies.
- 1 cup of butter (that’s about 220g)
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 3 cups of flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 teaspoons of hot water
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups of chocolate chips (I usually make my own chocolate chips from chocolate bars. That way I can make the chocolate chips in different sizes which tastes better. You all know that feeling when you find a huge piece of chocolate in your cookie!)
- Walnuts (optional)
Preheat your oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 Celsius).
Melt the butter. Then mix together the melted butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth.
Beat in the eggs and add the vanilla.
Dissolve baking soda with the hot water in a small bowl. Add to batter along with the salt.
Stir in flour, one cup at a time. By the third cup, you might want to use your hands to make it easier and to make sure everything is well-mixed. Add the chocolate chips (and walnuts?) and mix again with your hands.
Make balls with your hands, but don’t make them too compact. Spread on your baking sheet, making sure you leave enough space between each balls. The cookies will flatten as they bake in the oven and if you don’t leave enough space they’ll all stick to each other.
Bake for 15-20min or until the edges start to turn light-brown.