Now that you’ve got the basics of the B-E-S-T prescription for a suberb marriage, it’s time to relax a little and bake some cookies.
In my book, no other food says love like chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven.
Perhaps you and your mate can do this together as one of your sharing activities this week. In fact, cooking together has the potential to put into practice all the principles of the B-E-S-T prescription. Be sure to review them before you start and remember to Bless, Edify, Share, and Touch.
If you’ve tried cooking together before and it didn’t go well, give it another try with a little different twist.
Try putting your husband in charge of the mixer or the oven. Anything that has a power cord attached to it is fair game. All he has to do is stand there and you can pass the ingredients to him.
Men, please don’t be offended by the above statement. I know that some men are just as capable in the kitchen if not more so than their wives, but most men will agree that in general women are more comfortable in the kitchen than men.
If your wife is the one who doesn’t know where the flour and the baking soda are, put her in charge of the mixer and hand the ingredients to her as you get them assembled.
Here now is my recipe for what I think are the best homemade chocolate cookies ever.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2/3 cup Blue Bonnet margarine (you can try butter, but I like the texture better with margarine)
- 2/3 cup Crisco
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla (I usually add a smidge or two more)
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (dissolved in 1 teaspoon warm water)
- 1 package semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Using your stand mixer or mixing bowl, cream together margarine, Crisco, sugar, and brown sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla and beat just until blended.
Add 2 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time, and beat just until blended.
Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl and add the baking soda dissolved in water. (This is a trick I learned recently and I think it gives the cookies a crunchier outside with a moist inside.) Mix just until incorporated.
Gradually add the remaining 1 1/4 cups of flour and the salt and mix just until blended. Scrape the sides of the bowl to get all the flour mixed in with the batter.
Add the chocolate chips and nuts to the batter and stir in by hand.
Drop about 1 tablespoon of batter per cookie onto the cookie sheet.
Bake until lightly golden brown, about 9 to 11 minutes. Cool slightly on baking sheet then transfer to cooling rack.
Let cool slightly (just enough not to burn the roof of your mouth), pour a glass of milk, and enjoy with your sweetheart.
Hint: Because I like my cookies fresh from the oven and we have a tendency to eat as many as I bake, I use a small scoop to form the dough into balls and freeze them in a plastic bag. When we have a hankering for a cookie or if unexpected guests stop in, we bake up just enough to eat and enjoy.
Yours for the celebration of marriage,