The Only Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe You Need To Know

Chocolate chip cookies are easily my all-time favorite food. There are so many variations out there, but I tend to reach for the ones that are soft and chewy, a little sweet and a little salty. Also, the bigger the better, in my opinion. One of my favorite bakeries in Austin, Walton's Fancy & Staple, has chocolate chip cookies that are about the size of my FACE!

I recently watched an episode of Chef's Table on Netflix that featured Christina Tosi from Milk Bar. I love how playful and unapologetic she is with her baking. In her book, cereal milk IS gourmet. After finding her recipe for chocolate chip cookies and trying it out myself, I was in heaven. Since then, I make these cookies every time I visit someone out of town or need something quick to bring to a dinner party.

Needless to say, everyone goes CRAZY for these cookies. They seriously can't stop eating them. A batch doesn't last longer than a weekend after I bake them. The secret is definitely in the flaky salt on top. At first, I was a little put off by the salt, thinking, "Ehhh, that seems like a little much..." But now, I can't imagine the cookies without them.

Lucky for you, this recipe is soooo simple to make. Everything goes into one bowl, no mixer required, and these babies can be made from start to finish in about an hour (including clean up time!). Try out the recipe below and let me know what you think! I have a feeling chocolate chip cookies just might become your all-time favorite food too.

xo Carm

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best chocolate chip cookies
best chocolate chip cookies
best chocolate chip cookies
best chocolate chip cookies
best chocolate chip cookies
best chocolate chip cookies
 

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes about 16

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix light brown sugar and granulated sugar, then add melted butter. Stir vigorously for about a minute, until the ingredients are fully mixed.
  3. Add egg and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for about a minute, until the mixture is glossy.
  4. Add all-purpose flour, milk powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir until combined.
  5. Add in chocolate chips and stir to evenly distribute the chocolate chips throughout the mixture. I only add in about 3/4 of the bag of chocolate chips.
  6. Form cookie dough balls that are slightly larger than golf balls, and place on a non-stick baking sheet. I place 6 cookie dough balls on each baking sheet.
  7. Press the tops of the balls down about halfway for flatter cookies.
  8. Bake for 9 minutes until the edges of the cookies are golden brown and the middles are still soft.
  9. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and top with flaky salt while they are still warm.
  10. Let cool for about 10 minutes, and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons non-fat milk powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • flaky salt, for topping

I Did A 3 Day Juice Cleanse & Here's What Happened

Very rarely would you ever find me on a health kick, but lately I've been craving sugar SO MUCH that I knew I needed something to reset my system. I kept hearing about this one local juice cleanse company called Squeezed Online on the radio, and when I started searching for a cleanse of my own on Pinterest, that same company popped up again! I took it as a sign and ordered my three day cleanse the very next day.

Luckily for me, I convinced my friend Natalie to do the cleanse with me. It always helps to have someone keep you accountable. We decided to do our three days on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I know some people may be thinking, "What?! The weekends are the hardest parts!" but for us, with no kids and no real obligations, the weekend seemed like the perfect time to move at our own pace and focus on being healthy without worrying about stress at work.

Read on for five things I learned with my first ever three day juice cleanse. Hint: I'll definitely be doing more in the future!

xo Carm

Photos by Laura Alexandra

squeezed online juice cleanse
squeezed online juice cleanse

#1: Yes, I Lost Weight

I feel like this is the first questions people have when talking to somebody about a juice cleanse. And yes, I did lose weight. I mean, if you think about it, it's pretty much impossible not to lose weight when you're only drinking juice for three days. I lost a total of three pounds, and so did Natalie. We are different sizes and body types, so I think this average is probably pretty consistent across the board. 

#2: My Sugar Dragon Is Gone

My main goal for doing a juice cleanse was to stop craving so much sugar. Losing weight was kind of just an added benefit. And I'm happy to report that the cleanse did get rid of my sugar dragon! Now, I know there's A LOT of sugar in the juices (so much fruit!), but I found that those natural sugars kept me energetic throughout the day, without the crash that I get after eating artificial sugars. And after the cleanse, my cravings for the sugary foods and drinks I couldn't stop consuming before was honestly nonexistent! 

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squeezed online juice cleanse

#3: Five Juices A Day Is A Lot

I feel like people often think, "How am I supposed to drink only five juices a day?! I'm going to be SO hungry!" but I think you'll be surprised to find that you're actually never really that hungry as long as you follow the schedule. You're supposed to drink a juice every 2-3 hours, and honestly, you won't even be hungry every 2-3 hours. I found it hard to get through five juices in a day -- it seemed like I constantly had a juice in my hand!

 #4: Even Picky Eaters Can Do A Juice Cleanse

The one thing I was most nervous about was the fact that I'm such a picky eater. I was scared that I would seriously hate every single juice, get discouraged, and give up. But thankfully, that was not the case! Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't voluntarily order every single juice that came with my cleanse, but it didn't take me long to warm up to flavors like beets and turmeric. Anything with chard or parsley on the other hand... Stay far, far away from me. All this to say, my one tip for picky eaters attempting to do a juice cleanse is CHUG CHUG CHUG!

squeezed online juice cleanse
squeezed online juice cleanse

#5: Three Days Is The Sweet Spot

If you're thinking about trying out your first ever juice cleanse, I would definitely encourage you to start with a three day cleanse. It's long enough that your body actually has time to adjust and reset your system -- but it's also short enough that you feel confident that you can finish the plan successfully. By the end of three days, I was SO HAPPY to get back to eating real (and healthy) foods. A week is just too long to go without food in my book, but that's just me. I had such a great experience that I plan to continue doing three day cleanses once a month whenever I feel like I need a reset.

Have you ever done a juice cleanse before? What are some of your tips for successfully completing your plan?

squeezed online juice cleanse
squeezed online juice cleanse
squeezed online juice cleanse