Chocolate Chip Cookies
A long time ago in a memory far, far away…
My mom preheated the oven. She cut into a yellow tube containing cookie dough, sliced through the dough with a knife, arranged on a baking sheet, and baked the dough. She placed a plate of warm cookies and a glass of milk in front of me. I sat quietly on the plastic-covered red velvet couch and waited for a film to begin. I was 6, almost 7. The film started with an overture, sentences crawling up the screen. Something about rebels, stolen plans, and spaceships. Five minutes into the film, a young woman emerged from the shadows. She pressed a few buttons on a droid, then disappeared again. A few minutes later, she was captured and escorted to the ship’s menacing leader, which didn’t seem to phase her. I liked her and her hairdo immediately.
In an era of macho action heroes, Princess Leia represented “A New Hope”for girls growing up in the 80s. Yes, she fell in love with an arrogant smuggler, but I didn’t hold that against her. Nobody’s perfect. She was a tough cookie, pun totally intended.The smell of chocolate chip cookies always takes me back to a happy place, before I learned that life is a lot like an epic sci-fi action film, full of villains, heroes, and alliances that don’t always make sense. I can’t protect my daughter from the Darth Vaders of the world, but I can raise a proper human being who will stick up for herself and others. (And teach her how to make chewy chocolate chip cookies in the process, because sweets make everything better!)
So get in the kitchen, make a batch of cookies, and share them with your favorite rebels!!
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar, and eggs. Add vanilla and mix. Add all dry ingredients and mix. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Using a teaspoon, arrange dough about 2 inches apart onto a cookie sheet. Bake in a 350-degree preheated oven for 9-11 mins. Cool on a baking rack.