Let's get one thing straight. I'm no chef. I have a hard time cooking chicken and I struggle getting vegetables to a good temperature without using a microwave. However, when I do find a great recipe that I somehow fail to screw up time and time again, I have to share.


This chocolate chip cookie recipe is by far the best I have ever tasted. I've made these several times over the past two years from a dough meant for Oreo cookies–you know, the kind that put you in a coma after just one. I have never made these and had anyone dub them less than amazing.

First things first. You'll need:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 generous tablespoon bourbon vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven 350º degrees.
Makes 24-32 cookies.

Cream the softened butter, white and light brown sugar in a large bowl with a mixer until well-combined. Beat in the eggs and the vanilla.

Be sure the butter is way way softened. I've used ghee from the pantry before and that worked extremely well since it's super soft. Also, I've been short on brown sugar a time or two. I just mix a tablespoon of unsulfered molasses or King's syrup into a cup of sugar. Voilà! Easy as pie (which is music to my microwave-meal ears). Well, you have to take a fork and really go to town on it. Churn the mess outta that sugar and you'll have some light brown lumpy stuff. It takes time, but it'll work.

In another bowl mix the flour, baking soda and salt. I like to use a whisk to get things really evenly distributed. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet until just combined. Add the chocolate chips.

Form the dough into golfball-sized portions and place on a prepped cookie sheet. You can use parchment paper or a good ol' can of PAM, but I like to use coconut oil. Place in the oven for 13 minutes, then cool in the pan for about eight. You can continue to cool them, but at this point the cookies are perfectly warm and soft, great for a scoop of ice cream or a cold glass of milk. Be prepared to have your mind/taste buds blown, and remember I never said that just because there aren't any Oreos here doesn't mean these won't send you into a sugar coma after just one.