The Bestest Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been working on a Pirate Chef Cookbook; a little side project that may actually hit the shelves one day.  Until then I plan on posting some awesome recipes from me and my friends.

Today's Excerpt: Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I highly suggest the Heath® alternative.

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These cookies are rich.  I mean, if you are anything like me you will squirrel three cookies up to your bedroom with a tall glass of milk, anxiously waiting to play the next Justice League cartoon.  By the time the title sequence is over you will have eaten two cookies, instantly realizing that the third cookie was presumptuous.  Your belly will be poking out.  Needless to say you force the third cookie down anyway.  The mental anguish of the third decadent cookie is more troubling than it’s digestive consequence and so you push on.  The third cookie is down, but no more, oh lord, no more... at least not until breakfast.

Pilfer the following:

2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
½ cup Instant Oats
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 ½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

2 tbl whole mike
2 sticks (1 cup) of salted butter, room temperature.
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
¾ cup packed brown sugar

1 ¾ chocolate chip (approx ¾ of an 8oz bag)

Step 1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Step 2. Grease two baking sheets.  If you have your butter wrappers still around use those to grease the baking sheets.

Step 3. Combine flour, oats, granulated sugar, salt and baking soda in one bowl. Mix up with a spoon

Step 4. In a second large bowl combine milk, butter, vanilla extract, eggs, and brown sugar.  Using an electric beater mix these ingredients together, but don’t over mix.  Stop when the butter is evenly distributed but still in small clumps.

Step 5. Slowly mix in your flour mixture from Step 2 into your larger bowl of sugary buttery goodness from Step 3.

Step 6. Mix in your chocolate chips.  See below for a extra yummy alternative with Heath ® bar chunks.

Step 7. Spoon our 1 ½ diameter balls of dough onto your cookie sheets.

Step 8. Bake for 11 minutes for chocolate chips cookies only.  12 minutes if using the Heath® alternative.

Alternative 1: instead of 1 ¾ cup of chocolate chips use 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup Heath® chocolate chip and caramel package.  If you can’t find the pre-chopped Heath® bars just buy a few bars and smash them up yourself.  It’s not rocket science, you were a kid once.  You should remember how to smash things.

Alternative 2: consider sprinkling sea salt on the top of your cookies immediately after taking them out of the oven.

Alternative 3: Combine Alternative 1 and Alternative 2.  WHAT?  That’s crazy business you say.  Darn right it is, but crazy good!

Tips:  When you are chomping at the bit to make cookies you don’t have time to wait for your butter to get to room temperature.  Put both sticks in the microwave and zap it for 20 seconds.