Stress Relieving Chocolate Chip Cookies

by groove on February 20, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve discovered I’m one of those people who likes to bake when feeling a bit stressed. The thought of having warm, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies within 45 minutes is pretty good motivation. I have to say it does help relieve the tension a bit. Having to focus on baking the cookies and not think about whatever it is that’s causing the stress is a good thing. Another great benefit is the muscle relaxing magnesium in the chocolate. That is if you choose to buy a good dark chocolate chip. One of my favourite brands is Enjoy Life.

Cookie Dough

Now once those delicious cookies come out of the oven and you take your first bite and you get that first taste of warm chocolate, it truly is a little piece of heaven. The key of course, is not eating the whole batch of cookies in one sitting. I do like to savour the cookies for as long as I can which is a difficult with the two cookie monsters I live with ;).

I would like to share the recipe that has served me well in helping with the stress relief. I’ve named these cookies after a Muddy Waters song entitled “Hurtin’ Soul” from his album “After the Rain”.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hurtin’ Soul Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dry Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips *

Wet Ingredients

1/2 cup grape seed oil (or canola oil)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup almond milk (or whatever milk you choose)
3 tsp ground flax seeds
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

*Now you’ll notice I’ve added the chocolate chips to the dry ingredients and in most cookie recipes the chips are added once the dough comes together. I’m not a fan of this method. Not only is it tough to stir the dough at this point but the biggest problem is not having the chips dispersed evenly throughout the dough. Do as you like 🙂

In a smaller bowl combine the wet ingredients and stir well. Now, add the wet to the dry and stir to combine. Ensure all the flour is mixed in.

Now comes the fun part, using an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, place heaping balls of cookie dough on your baking sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes.

Sit back and relax and let your worries fall away. Enjoy a large glass of red wine along with the cookie and it’s pure heaven.

* I have a gluten-free version of this cookie here.

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