I have a serious cookie problem.
I mean, I try and I try to fight my urges of making things that are so mouth-watering but I can’t help it! After I make something that is so-not-good for you, I tell myself “Okay Nicole. Let’s try to make something on the healthy side. After all you have gained 15 pounds and it couldn’t hurt you or your blog viewers to practice some restraint.” Then that little devil creeps in and say “Nicole, who cares. Just eat everything in moderation and you will be fine”. That little devil says that to me when I make cookies because it knows that I can never just stop at one. I must have them all. I did good this time. I only ate two of these chocolate chip cookies when they came out of the oven. That is a huge improvement for me. I usually eat a whole row.
Now, about these 15 pounds I gained. I’m not happy with it, but if there is anything I know, with hard work, discipline, and dedication it will come right back off. See you have to understand. I dated, got engaged, and my fiance moved in with me all within a year and a half. You all know how the beginning stages of love goes! All you do is go out to do fun things and eat. We ate a lot! Those healthy tips I learned before I met him kind of took a back seat. Heck, we both gained weight. But that is alright because I am printing and cutting out healthy recipes to incorporate into our regular diet as you are reading this. We both are committed to living a healthy lifestyle and feeling great.
The problem is, we both love food and I love cookies. This is not to say that eating healthy has to be boring. No! I am determined for healthy meals and snacks to be awesome in our household. I think that by him moving in this week, that is going to help me because I have to make sure he is healthy and we are both strong when we decide to have little “bambinos” in a few years. Don’t worry, I am not going to put you guys on a diet too. But I will be excited to share with you the new healthier dishes I will be making. But first, I think I’ll have another cookie.
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1 c. brown sugar
- ½ c. sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 2¼ c. flour
- 1¼ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. milk
- 1½ c. chocolate chips
- 1 c. crushed pretzels
- In a small sauce pan, melt the two sticks of butter and stir frequently until the butter becomes slightly brown and smells nutty. Remove from heat, pour in heat safe bowl, and place in the refrigerator until the butter congeals.
- Once the butter congeals, allow to soften by placing in a room temperature setting. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees and spray cookie sheet with baking spray or line with parchment paper.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking soda). In a separate large bowl, blend the butter and both sugars until fluffy. Next add the egg yolk and the large egg until the batter becomes creamy. Add the vanilla extract as well. Slowly mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until well combine. Use a rubber spatula and fold in the chocolate chips and crush pretzels.
- Place about a tablespoon of cookie dough batter about 1½ inches apart on the cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Place on cooling rack and allow to cool before serving.