Some of you know I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately. When I mean kick, it’s more like a change in lifestyle that will (hopefully) never go away.
If you asked me a couple months ago what I do to blow off some steam, beat the anxiety that tends to creep in and just have a little fun, my answer would have been one word: BAKING. Now, it would probably be a few sentences filled with new things I like to do, like exercise (WHAT??).
Okay, so I know that you can bake and still be healthy. There is something to be said, though, for using a good ol’ fashioned recipe complete with flour, butter and lots of sugar. Baking was something I loved to do with B when M was a little younger and needed less attention. Now, it is a little harder to pull off with M watching our every move and wanting to move around the room. We’re also in the process of phasing out all-purpose flour and refined sugar in our house, for no reason really other than we aren’t eating nearly as much of it (if any at all). Actually, this might be news to my husband when he reads this. :) Though, I doubt he would disagree…I’m telling you guys, the small changes we’re making are ones that we’re planning on sticking to forever.
Anyways, all that is well and good, but I’ve been getting the itch to bake something tasty these past couple of days. It’s probably a couple of things, to be honest. There are a few topics that I am really ready to dive into with you guys on the blog; however, I need the time and mental clarity to write everything out and that has been a real struggle lately. Our family’s schedule is more than a little nutty this month and next, complete with a few week-stretches of travel for Reece. And frankly, I didn’t really know there was such a thing as “busy season” in the photography industry but holy moley, guys, I am IN IT. It’s awesome and I’m so thankful for the opportunities that have popped up, but it is bus-ay. (P.S. I have a huge styled shoot going down on Saturday evening and need really great weather…pray for us?)
My mom was gracious enough to take B for a few hours today, so it was just me and little M hanging out this morning. I decided to give into the baking itch and whipped up a batch of my favorite chocolate chip cookies. I found this recipe a while back on Martha Stewart’s website and swore I’d never make a different kind again. The only modification I made today was subbing out one of the 2.25 cups of all-purpose flour for coconut flour. Love the texture, the thickness, the chewiness. They are simply awesome and the perfect size! If you’re pining for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further.
Since I miss you all and think of you often, I snapped a few photos and am now sharing the recipe with you (naturally). Just in time for an afternoon snack!
- 2¼ C all-purpose flour*
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 C (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
- ½ C granulated sugar
- 1 C packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper (if not non-stick).
- In a small bowl, whisk flower and baking soda and set aside.
- Use an electric mixer to cream the butter and both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Reduce mixer speed to low and add the salt, vanilla and eggs. Beat until well mixed.
- Add flour mixture slowly, mix just until the dough forms. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Roll dough into balls (about the size of 1 TB) and place on baking sheet a couple inches apart.
- Bake for 9 minutes or until edges are golden brown. If you're putting more than one sheet in the oven at a time, expect the total bake time to be closer to 15 minutes.
- Remove and let cool on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- *As mentioned above, I used 1 C coconut flour and 1¼ C all-purpose flour, and the result was magical. I also used one 12-oz bag of chocolate chips, which is slightly less than the 2 C mentioned above.
You can find the recipe as posted by Something Swanky HERE and the original Martha Stewart recipe HERE.
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