I was reminded today how precious life is, and that each day is a blessing. We get so caught up in our drama and our day-to-day, though tough and at times all-consuming, and sometimes forget people are struggling with real shit. I was reminded that each day should be celebrated. If not for yourself, celebrate for the people who struggle with tough shit, all the time. Celebrate each time we get to hug our loved ones or kiss our crushes. For them, we should be grateful, hopeful, gracious and proud. It’s the little things in life, like tasteless sprinkles, that can make you feel like a kid and forget it all, at least for a moment. Especially when you get a big clump of ’em and you’re working real hard to get the little waxy pieces out of the crevices of your teeth to prepare for another big bite. You know what I’m talking about. Whatever your reason, I hope whenever you taste that waxy goodness you remember to celebrate, because life is precious.
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 small carton vanilla bean ice cream (Trader Joe’s has the best!)
- 1 jar rainbow jimmies (sprinkles)
Evenly position 2 racks in middle of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone sheets. Put butter in a microwave safe bowl, cover and microwave on medium power until melted, or melt in a small saucepan. Cool slightly. Then, whisk together sugars, eggs, butter and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth.
Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt in another bowl. Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with wooden spoon; stir in the chocolate chips or chunks.
Scoop heaps of dough onto the prepared pans, a little larger than normal for the cookie sandwiches. Space the cookies about 2-inches apart on the pans. Bake until soft in the center, 12 to 15 minutes, then let cool for about 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to freezer, so that they’re cold while assembling.
To assemble, peel cookies off tray and lay cookies out. Scoop 1-1 1/2 scoops ice cream onto one cookie, then layer second cookie on top. Take back of spoon and smooth out edges, then roll perimeter of cookie sandwich in sprinkles. Place cookie sandwiches back on tray and freeze for at least 30 minutes. Then, enjoy! Careful, your teeth might burn upon first big bite : )
Original chocolate chip cookie recipe here!