Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These are my fa…vor…ite homemade chocolate chip cookies. They’re light, crispy, buttery and super chocolaty. The oats add a chewy texture, and the price, about 17 cents each, just can’t be beat by any gourmet bakery. Let them cool to room temperature to enjoy the crispiest cookie. Bet you can’t eat just four or five!

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Adapted from a recipe in the cookbook Cookies
Servings: one cookie; makes 3 dozen
Time: 15 minutes active; about 35 minutes total

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter, softened (I used Earth Balance butter here with great results and much less fat)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (the real stuff)
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can use dark chocolate, if you prefer)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cover two baking sheets with foil and spray with cooking spray.

2. With a stand or hand mixer, cream butter and sugars on medium high speed for 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for 1 minute more, until light and fluffy.

3. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and pinch of salt, each slowly and on low speed. Add the oats and combine, and then the chocolate chips and combine—all on low speed.

4. Using a half-tablespoon, drop 12 cookies, evenly spaced, onto one cookie sheet. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, turning halfway through. While they cook, drop 12 more cookies on second sheet.

5. When first round of cookies is done, pull the tray out and let cookies cool 2–3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Pop the second sheet in and repeat with remaining 12 cookies and cooling.

Writer Bio: Adrienne D. Capps loves food and is a vegetarian—she doesn’t believe these things are mutually exclusive. A vegetarian for the past nine years, Capps created Vegetarianized.com as a way to share her passion for eating, drinking and cooking—and to make vegetarianism more accessible. The blog transforms meat dishes into vegetarian or improves vegetarian recipes and puts the results up in a weekly post called the Sunday Serving on the blog and at the Facebook Group Vegetarianized. Capps is also a food writer, teaches cooking classes in Davis and is an amateur caterer. Upcoming cooking classes and recent food articles are found on the blog home page.