The Cookie Chronicles – A Basic Recipe to Begin

Spending time over the years on various online food forums, I’ve met a lot of people with names such as Canucklehead, Little Frog, Viola de Gamba, Moosh, TFA, Sushi Cat, and other such handles. Some I have met in person and shared many happy meals with. Others, I have never met, but have continued a friendship of sorts, one that centers specifically around food. We’ve shared our likes and dislikes, our favourite restaurants and travel trips but most importantly, we’ve shared recipes. From exotic Thai and Filipino dishes to tips on mastering a perfect Yorkshire pudding or creating the most exquisite pillowy soft ricotta gnocchi, I cherish their recipes as much as their friendships. They’re delicious keepsakes that, in the sprit of friendship, I’d like to share with you.
This cookie recipe comes from Snacky Cat. It’s a great entry level cookie recipe, one that works every time, doesn’t require a lot of complicated ingredients, and is dead easy to make. You don’t have to add the chocolate chips, but they’re so much better with them. You can also substitute raisins for the chocolate, or nuts and a hit of orange zest. Or just plain cookies.

Snacky Cat’s Basic Cookie Recipe
350 degree F – 13 min.
Yield: approx. 16 2 3/4″ cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
Add chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat the oven. Cream the butter and two sugars together. Add the egg and mix in. Sift the flour, salt and baking soda, and add to the cookie dough, incorporating well. Add the vanilla and mix, and add in as many chocolate chips as you like, so they’re dotted generously throughout.

Roll into balls and flatten out into the desired sizes. Place evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake until nicely browned and let cool, if you can stand the suspense.


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