Forget diamonds—cookies are a girl’s best friend.
Diamonds cost a ton of money—cookies are deliciously cheap. Diamonds just sit there and sparkle—cookies melt in your mouth and relieve hunger. Diamonds smell like nothing—cookies fill your house with yummy, comforting flavor. Diamonds gets lost and you freak out—cookies get lost and you just make/buy/steal more…after you freak out.
See? Cookies are way better than diamonds.
Did you know that cookies are a guy’s best friend, too? Cookies are an equal opportunity sort of dessert.
Guys should really learn how to make at least one good batch of cookies. Give a girl diamonds, it shows that you know how to drive a car to a store and get suckered into spending too much money on—literally—a piece of rock. Give a girl cookies, though, and it shows that you care enough to create something especially made for her. Much, much better than a diamond.
If the girl you like thinks homemade cookies are a lame replacement for diamonds—you probably shouldn’t be dating her in the first place. Unless you think cookies are a lame replacement for diamonds as well, in which case you’re both missing out. But whatever, birds of a feather yada yada yada.
Now that that’s out of the way, let me tell you just what is so great about this particular bunch of cookies that would make them my new favorites. Firstly, although I’m a major proponent of soft, fluffy cookies, I’ve also discovered the joys of the substantial, chewy cookie. When baked in the chocolate chip variety, the chewy style cookie is a really wonderful thing. Whether you’re hungry or your face simply wants food—you know what I mean—these chewy cookies make for the satisfying snack you need.
Everyone gets a dollar for each time I said the word “chewy” in the previous paragraph.
These cookies have oatmeal in them. Yes. Oatmeal. Yum. It makes them even chewier and even more irresistible.
So, which sounds better? A huge, fresh-from-the-oven cookie, sparking with chunks of chocolate chips and flecks of oatmeal, or a small piece of stone?
For me, cookies win the best friend battle every time.
My New Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
360 grams all-purpose flour (in this case, weighing is best, but this is about 2 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups chocolate chips (milk, dark, semisweet, or a mixture of the three)
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
Melt butter and add to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract, mixing well until fluffy and smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips and oats. Place in the fridge overnight or in the freezer for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a small ice cream scoop or just using your hands, drop portions of cookie dough onto the baking sheets, spacing them evenly with room to spread. Baked for 12-15 minutes, or until light brown around the edges.