I am about to give up sugar for a while. I keep reading all of these articles that say it is seriously bad for you (it causes inflammation and that is apparently the secret to all of our problems plus it has no real nutritional value whatsoever) and I seem to be overwhelmingly addicted to it. I have to have SUGAR – I have been craving it and getting irritable if I don’t have it. Poor Jason has to deal with my crazy mood swings all day and then my lethargy come 4pm. I have to get myself back on an even keel and give this stuff up. (Not to mention the havoc it is playing on my skin – pimples anyone???) However not being one to give things up quietly I aim to go out with a bang and not a whimper. As my last hurrah I made a batch of the world’s best chocolate chip cookies. These babies not only look good but they taste fabulous. They are from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook – made famous by the girls from Sex and the City and the bakery that launched a million cupcakes. A couple of these cookies and a bottle of Bunker’s Iced Coffee and I am good to go! The future is looking very broccoli and brown rice to me…ho hum.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 and 1/2 cups plain flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. In a large bowl combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the salt. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugars until smooth about 3 minutes. Add the egg and the vanilla extract and mix well. Add the f,our mixture and beat thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop rounded teaspoons onto an ungreased baking sheet, leaving enough room for expansion. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Cool the cookies on the sheets for 1 minute then remove to a rack to cool completely. Then sit down with your iced coffee and eat about five in one sitting. Give the rest to your friends and give up sugar for a while.