In the previous entry, we featured the five love languages according to Gary Chapman. However, the universal love language we can all agree on is cookies. They are the warmth of sweetness in the air when we walk through the door; the oven gently closing and the sliding of the pan across the counter; the flour spread like powdery snow across the granite surface; and that everlasting, melted-chocolate-goodness in your mouth that we long for on weekend afternoons. The cold (or not-so-cold around here) February days may leave you in a time of need for some cookie love. This recipe pairs the smoked chocolate chips by Hot Cakes sold in our shop with the perfect cookie creation for your fix. Wrap them up pretty with a hand written Valentine's card to your loved ones, and you're set.
Smoked Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe modified from Toll House)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter flavored Crisco (or butter works good too)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 jar Smoked Chocolate Chips (or less if you want a less smokey taste)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Mix Crisco/butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in Smoked Chocolate Chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden. *I like to take them out at 9 minutes so they are a little softy and gooey. Remove to wire cooling racks.