Monday, October 21, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you ever had one of those days where you just needed a cookie?  Last Sunday I had one of those days.  It started with my neighbor calling me to tell me that his car had been broken into.  After offering him my sincerest apologies, I walked outside to discover my car was broken into as well.  Luckily there was nothing of value to take.

Later in the day I noticed a burning smell coming from my desktop.  My husband opened the side to check things out. Long story short we had to purchase a new computer. 

It was getting late and my husband and I were in no mood to cook so we decided to grab dinner from our favorite pizza place.  After the hassle of driving downtown and paying for parking, the sign on the restaurant door said, Closed on Sundays!  My kids were hungry and I was frustrated so we settled for drive thru.  

After the stress of the day's events, I needed a distraction.  So why not bake something!  When I bake I feel less stressed.  Making a batch of homemade cookies is my favorite form of stress relief.

To be honest chocolate chip cookies aren't my favorite, but I was trying to cheer up my disappointed family.

I used a recipe I found online from  The secret ingredient is cream cheese.  I love the idea of adding cream cheese to cookies!  These were a hit in my house and seemed to do the trick.  In the end I realized these weren't huge problems.  Nothing a plate of warm cookies couldn't fix!

2 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 
8 ounces cream cheese, softened 
1 cup granulated sugar 
1 cup packed light brown sugar 
2 large eggs 
1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
1 & 1/2 cups semisweet mini-chocolate chips 


Grease or line baking sheets.  Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.  Beat butter, cream cheese, sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Mix in vanilla.  Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until almost combined.  Add chocolate chips, stirring until dough is thoroughly mixed.  Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for a minimum of 2 hours.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.  Bake 12-15 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.

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  1. Gosh, what a terrible day and chain of events but at least some good came out of it with your wonderful cookies. They do look very good. Suzy x

  2. ugh that sounds awful! And I think I have had that same day except the broken into car was a broken down car:) Cookies can solve the worlds problems right?! Have a better week!

    House Envy

  3. OMG those look delicious! Hi dear! thank you for the comment on my blog, I'm a new follower on bloglovin and I'd love it if you followed back :D

  4. Cookies seriously make everything better! Yum...

  5. hi! I think that those beautiful cookies were an amazing idea after such a bad day!!

    wish I could taste them!

    bye bye, wish u nice week!!

  6. Oh, bummer on the computer.... But, those cookies look really delish!! Enjoy!!

  7. Wow...that's a crazy kind of day! Sorry for the losses, but thankful that everyone is "ok".
    My guys LOVE chocolate chip cookies and I think these will be a HIT! Like you, I'm not a big fan of them, but throw a little cream cheese in there and I'm in! ha ha

  8. Cream cheese in cookies?! OMG, have to try these!!! Thanks Brandi!

  9. I am sorry about your unfortunate events, it is hard to keep a smile with all that to deal with.
    Your cookies look delicious. I've e been a fan of for a long time. I like the reviews and have never had a failed recipe from there if I check the reviews first.

  10. I'm so sorry about those events. Those things sure aren't fun to deal with. Cookies can definitely make things a little brighter, can't they? :) I LOVE the idea of adding cream cheese to cookies! Cream cheese makes everything taste better in my book. :)

  11. I hate when that happens you have your mind set on something and the place is closed but cookies are good it makes everything better.

  12. Dear Brandi,

    Unfortunately assaults increased in my City. Be inside the bus, whether on the streets and also broken into.

    I have a dear friend who recently suffered a "kidnapping lightning/sudden" = "sequestro relampago". Her car was found by police she but lost money, credit cards and smartphone.

    My daughter loves cookies, I had no recipe and I will cook with her the next weekend ... hummmm.... delicious cookies.


  13. eeek! Sorry this happened to you! I also love cookies and baking. While I have made some delicious sugar free baked goods, sugar free cookies are still elusive. yours look amazing!

  14. You're a good mom. (I'm sorry your and my car got broken into in the same week...guess what? I baked chocolate mocha cupcakes because we all were sad... chocolate is Mr. Fix It, I guess.

  15. those cookies look awesome! just made chocolate chip bars this weekend and they were heaven. xx. gigi.

  16. Hate when that happens, but chocolate chip cookies are good for the soul. Which reminds me, I have a tub of gf dough calling my name! LOL

  17. What a day! Well I think you truly deserved those cookies, cream cheese and all. :-)

  18. It always creeps me out thinking about someone being in my driveway and braking into the car. It' has happened in our neighborhood too. Glad there was nothing in your car to take.
    The cookies look yummy and I think I can smell them ;)

  19. Yep! Bad days happen, but there is so much to be thankful for, in the midst of chaos. That's what my grandma used-to say and I carry it around in my heart. Now, I've passed it on to you and your family and you guys can carry it around in your hearts, too. Be blessed my friend and thanks, for that yummy recipe. Cynthia

  20. Awww sis it was definitely one of THOSE days. Cookies are totally needed and these look DELISH!!! This past Sunday I had a baking day too. I just really really wanted some brownies so I made some!

  21. Cookies are always a good way to turn around a no good rotten day!

  22. HI Brandi Those look delicious
    The cookies look yummy and I think I can smell them ;)

  23. I'm so sorry. Since it happened in three, it should be only good things from here on out! :)

  24. Brandi, so sorry to hear about all those events; the car, the computer and then the resto closed but I understand you; baking is good for relieving stress and your cookies look delicious (love the addition of the cream cheese on them) :-)

  25. Talk about a crappy day! wow. I hope you like your new computer. Chocolate chip cookies are a balm for the soul. They always make everything better.Your recipe sounds sooo good.

  26. Get. Out.
    Cream cheese in chocolate chip cookies?
    Sign me up!
    Cream cheese makes everything better.

  27. Hey Brandi! Trying to send you an email...and keeps coming back. Can you send me your addy please? and hope all is well! XO

  28. Have you ever read the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? My boys have it and I think of it every time I have a day like that. We had our car broken into once and felt so violated...I'm sorry it happened to you!

    My 4 year old got home from pre-K the other day and declared "I know how to get ready for Christmas!" When I asked him how, he declared "We make cookies." So, we made chocolate chip cookies to get ready for Christmas.

    I hope the rest of your week went better!


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