Baking at home is a form of self-expression, and creative expression has significant ties to mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so today’s recipe is good for the soul and good for the mood! Sometimes a plate of fresh baked cookies is just what our bodies need. Here we created chocolate chip cookies a few different ways, to have a little fun and utilize creative expression. You’re invited to use and customize this recipe to create your perfect chocolate chip cookie. Here’s how!
Chocolate chip cookie base:
½ cup sugar
½ tsp vanilla
1 stick butter
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cream together the first four ingredients in a medium bowl (sugar, egg, vanilla, butter).
3. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl (salt, baking soda, flour).
4. Combine wet and dry ingredients fully.
5. Fold in chocolate chips.
6. Roll dough into balls (about 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter) and place on greased cookie sheet.
7. Bake cookies at 350 for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom.
How to Customize
1. Flour: More flour will yield a rounder, fluffy cookie. Less flour would yield a flatter cookie appearance.
2. Sugar: brown sugar will darken the color of the cookie and give a deeper sweet taste, granulated sugar gives a lighter cookie color, and the dough tastes more like a sugar cookie. Our recommendation is to combine ¼ cup brown sugar and ¼ cup granulated sugar.
3. Butter/fat: melted butter tends to give crispier edges.
4. BONUS: healthy swaps! Swap 1 stick butter for 4 tbsp. of ripe avocado. Swap 1/2 of the sugar for ¼ cup mashed banana.
By Ashley Haluck MS, RD, LDN
This information is intended for general advice and may not be applicable to everyone. Please speak to your on-site Registered Dietitian if you have specific questions or to find out what is best for your individual needs.
Thomson, J. R., & Thomson, J. R. (2017, July 25). Psychologists Explain Why It Feels So Good To Bake For Other People. Retrieved from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/baking-for-others-psychology_n_58dd0b85e4b0e6ac7092aaf8?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAGYxNrfaBpnweRCrFu5VAOdFTUZrJsoIRHHuyWrqD2jpig9cq_cf5b2BV60kkXPGx6nfzhE-LVFveKFLZnZv1uDOf0poIUvHEz8Xdr0E-vfS7_nvwt2_N0ArP64iLXRBskyJ7M2ra-qS_3wiMP1O4wVdje1j6Oy0hYdY7aNp4Sur