Who’s moving to college this month?!?
There are a few things about moving into my freshman dorm room that stand out really clearly.
Convincing my parents to take me six hours earlier than my official move in time, because the RA’s wouldn’t care (they didn’t).
Seeing my pot-luck roommate got there first and therefore got first pick of which closet/desk/bed she wanted. They were about the same level of grungy, but still.
Lifting the bed, wondering if it’s supposed to sway this much when you’re sleeping seven feet off the floor?
That slightly giddy, slightly overwhelmed moment when I realized I was setting my home base for my first year of college.
Finishing the unpacking, only to look blankly at my parents, wondering how you say goodbye in such a momentous moment (there I said it), except they actually live only ten minutes down the road. How I got there is a whole other story, though.
Standing in my mostly set up dorm room, absorbing this new space that was more “my own” than any other place I’d lived yet.
What do you do then? Right after you move into your dorm for the first time ever, before you know who your go-to friends are going to be, before you know how you’re going to make friends at all, before you quite know who you will even be in college?
You sit in your new chair and you eat a cookie. Not just any cookie: one of your mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies.
And somehow, tasting mom’s cookies, I’m not worried about classes or friends or anything else. These cookies make me believe I can do this whole college thing.
So to make mom’s chocolate chip cookies, use this recipe! They’re addictive, comforting, and possibly even better warm from the oven.
Side note: it’s the Toll House recipe for the most part. Couple edits of my own.
First step in any good baking: cream the butter!
Add in the sugars and vanilla. Then eggs, then dry ingredients. Finally, add the chocolate chips! (Apologies for the lack of photos. This is what happens when I bake after midnight.)
After chilling. It’s good for the butter to be cold before baking.
Form into 1-2 inch balls.
Confession time: I like smaller cookies because it’s an excuse to eat more of them. My mom makes fewer, bigger cookies.
Bake for 8-10 minutes to golden brown perfection!
CLASSIC CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375°.
- Cream the butter, then add both sugars and vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Add eggs (one at a time).
- Combine dry ingredients , then add in small batches to the wet ingredients. When mostly combined, add chocolate chips
- For best results, pop in the fridge for an hour before baking. But if you don’t have time, you can skip this step.
- Bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown on a baking sheet, either greased or with a silpat. Cool on wire racks, and take a taste while they’re still warm!
What food makes you confident?
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