Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Home

chocolate chunk cookies

Home isn’t so much a place as a feeling. A feeling that can happen anywhere. Curling up on the couch, with Jeff’s legs warming my toes.  My purple toothbrush in the bathroom next to Jeff’s red one.  Snapshots, save-the-dates and coupons stuck to the fridge.  A full cookie jar.  

chocolate chip cookieBefore we’d even unpacked, I had the butter softening on the counter. I’ve heard that realtors recommend the scent of baking cookies to entice a buyer, and I can understand why. You can’t help but feel comfortable, relaxed, and simply like you just belong when you’re enveloped in the aroma of chocolate chunk cookies.

Jeff and I have long engaged in the great cookie debate.  He is on the side of soft and chewy.  I, on the other hand, go for crisp edges and plenty of texture.  I love oats in all kinds of cookies, and nuts and dried fruit.  He wants none of the above.  And because I am a wonderfully adoring wife, I occasionally indulge him.  These are Jeff’s cookies – soft and lovely.   

chocolate cookie recipe

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

about 2 dozen cookies

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened

1/8 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons milk

1  teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped semisweet chocolate

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Stir together the flour, salt and baking soda.  Cream the butter and sugars until fluffy.  Add the egg, milk and vanilla and beat to combine.  Add the flour mixture a little at a time, mixing well with each addition.  Stir in the chocolate. Scoop the dough onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving plenty of space between each cookie.  Bake 12-14 minutes until golden brown.  Cool 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

cookie jar with chocolate chunk cookies

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  1. these with only one cup of flour sound wonderfully rich and crumbly to me; bet he loved them!

  2. Honestly, chocolate chip cookies are good however they come. Especially if they are warm from the oven.

  3. Katie…my weakness is that I couldn’t stop at just one ;o)

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

    • Oh, not to worry, I had three or four!

  4. I like cookies with textures, too. I don’t like it with chocolate, though. But nuts, or cream cheese, or chewy coconut…bring it on!

  5. I agree, home is more of a feeling than a place…and chocolate chip cookies would do it for me! I’m in love with your cookie jar! 🙂

    • Thanks, me too! Isn’t it adorable? Would you believe it came with our new apartment? No joke!

  6. How sweet of you to give your husband a slice of home before you’d even unpacked. Lovely!

  7. Awww, you are a kind wife. 🙂 These sounds scrumptious! Though I’m with you – I like texture and interesting things in my cookies. 🙂

  8. Thank you! I like things on the soft and chewy side as well.

  9. Cookies a la Jeff do look homey and comforting!
    Like you, I’m a “kitchen sink” cookie baker—oatmeal, nuts, dried fruits, the whole shebang! I don’t make ’em too often—so easy to eat a bundle!

  10. These look wonderful, and I like that they’re bite-sized. Perfect for a snack!

  11. The way you describe “home” just makes me grin..;-)) How true!
    I am sure these cookies are crunchy and wonderful! I like your cookie jar too.

  12. Wow, these cookies are to die for. Am definitely going to try this.

  13. mmmmm! I like cookies either way, just depends on my mood 🙂 These sound great…and I love your cookie jar!

  14. Oh, girl, your speaking me language! I’d give my left arm for a good cookie!

  15. I would love to try making cookies with chopped or grated chocolate. Sounds so good!

  16. your my kinda girl, not even unpacked and already baking..yum


  17. What a cute and lovely snap shot into the joys of your marriage via chocolate chuck cookies!!! BTW, love the chunk on the chip 🙂

    Yumm…no way this is a one cookie stop recipe.

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  18. I’ve never heard the scent of cookies trick from realtors before…but I’ve also never sold a house before either. My husband and I are thinking we will need to sell ours in a few years to buy a bigger place, and I’m definitely going to remember your tip! It makes so much sense 🙂

  19. What a sweet blog post. You are so right, the smell of cookies makes us all feel at home. I have to say I’m with you. Oatmeal cookies with nuts and dried fruits that are crispy and slightly chewey are my favorite.

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