The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

The best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter (no more waiting for it to soften!).

Chocolate chip cookies are little morsels of memories. I’m sure you, too, have more than one memory that has a chocolate chip cookie wrapped up in it.

Chocolate chip cookies remind me of my sister. We call her Tia at our house. Tia has perfected her chocolate chip cookie. They are divine. Instead of asking her to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies, we simple ask her to make “Tia Cookies”; she knows exactly what we mean. “I could go for some Tia Cookies right about now” is a phrase uttered nearly every Sunday night.

Tia no longer lives 7 blocks from me; since Tia isn’t around to make me cookies anymore, I’ve had to find a recipe that would rival hers in greatness. Well folks, after years of making this recipe, it’s time declare a new winner. This is literally the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever; it is even better than a Tia Cookie!

If you’ve been on the hunt, look no more. This is the last chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever try. If you don’t love them the first time, make them again; you made a mistake somewhere 🙂

The best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter (no more waiting for it to soften!).

Here’s what I love about the best chocolate chip cookie recipe:

  • It is made with 100% butter – no margarine here.
  • Not only is it all butter, but it’s all melted butter. No waiting for a stick to soften or trying to “soften” via the microwave.
  • The melted butter gives it a yummy almost caramelish undertone. You’ll understand when you get there.
  • I always double this recipe, bake a couple dozen, then form and freeze the rest. Just bake the frozen dough for a few minutes longer at 350 degrees (instead of 325). They turn out perfect every time. Now I always have cookies in the freezer ready to pop in the oven on a whim. I haven’t said no to a request for cookies in months!
  • I love having the cookie dough in the freezer, too, for unexpected guests or when I want to take some dinner over to a friend. Hot cookies are always welcome with a meal!
  • Have you invested in a cookie scoop and baking mats yet? They are game changers and everyone needs both in their kitchen.

Here’s a little tip for the butter and sugar mixture. This is what it looks like after about a minute of mixing – dark and caramely. Delicious, but not what you are after. We want it “creamed” which means light and fluffy.

The best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter (no more waiting for it to soften!).

Here’s what the butter and sugar should look like before you add anything else. It will be light and fluffy, and this will take a full 5-8 minutes of mixing. Don’t skip this step!

The best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter (no more waiting for it to soften!).

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

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Literally the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. The secret is using melted butter!

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled for 5 minutes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk (when I double the recipe I do 3 eggs instead of 2 eggs and 2 yolks… it’s up to you)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the melted butter and sugars together with an electric mixer (or stand mixer) on medium speed until smooth and light and fluffy in color, around 5 minutes. Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined.
  2. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add half the flour, the salt and baking soda, and then the second half of the flour.  Mix in the chips until incorporated.  Working with 1 large tablespoons of dough at a time, roll them into balls and place them on a cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper or a baking mat) about 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake the cookies until the edges are set and beginning to brown but the middles are still soft and puffy, around 10 minutes.
  4. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to let cool completely.
  5. Repeat with remaining dough.

Notes

To freeze this cookie dough, simple form it into balls and stick them in a single layer in a zipper-topped bag or an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze. Place the frozen cookie dough balls on your baking-mat-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Hot cookies on demand will change your life!

Recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book

The best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter (no more waiting for it to soften!).

I literally cannot wait for you to make these. They are going to change your chocolate chip cookie life because I promise you that this truly is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe out there! Did you know I’m a little cookie obsessed? I make this recipe multiple times a month, but I also have whole lot of other cookie recipes hanging around the archives too if you feel like looking around.

The best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter (no more waiting for it to soften!).

The recipe was originally published in February 2012. It was rephotographed, rewritten, and republished for your enjoyment in June 2017.

15 Weeknight One Skillet Meals

Get on the one skillet meals bandwagon! You’ll cut back on dishes and save yourself time!

15 One Skillet Dinners

My love of simple, delicious, family friendly one skillet meals knows no end; I love them as much as I love one-pot meals, which is really saying something. If you haven’t gotten on the one skillet meal wagon yet, I’m sharing a few recipes today that will point you in the right direction. Here are a few reasons why using one skillet to cook the whole meal/dish is awesome:

  • When you cook up the meat and then add some kind of liquid to make a sauce, all the little bits of cooked meat that stick to the bottom of the skillet get worked into the sauce, adding all kinds of flavor. It’s a great little trick.
  • You can move from the stovetop to the oven with ease! This is great for getting chicken partially cooked up on the stove, and then moving to the oven to finish cooking the meat, brown cheese, and/or bake biscuits on top.
  • There’s only one dish to wash! Now that’s worth saying.
  • I picked meals that are kind of stand-alone meals, which I love. These have your protein, starch, and some veggies all mixed in, so there’s not much left for you to do or add to the meal. That really ups the appeal for a quick and easy meal in my book.

I have a couple of different sized cast iron skillets that I love and use a lot. I think most people should own a 10-inch skillet. It’s great for things like cornbread, frying eggs or making scrambled eggs, frying up donuts, and will work for most of these one skillet meals just fine.

I also have a 14-inch skillet that I love and use all of the time, though. It’s pretty big, but I have found that I really like the size. I’m cooking for a family of 7, so large dishes are great. The large size is also nice for this kind of meal though, because it leaves you with lots of room to stir, cook, sautĂ©, and otherwise create a great meal without overcrowding the pan. It’s also nice because the pan isn’t overfilled too often either. I don’t have food bubbling and dripping over the edge of the skillet on to the oven floor when I use a big skillet. It’s up to you, but I’d recommend getting them both. 🙂  You can never have too much cast iron!

Here are those great one skillet meals. I sure hope this gets your dinner juices flowing. Enjoy!

Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole from Bless this Mess

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Easy Vegetable and Cheese Egg Bake

Vegetable and Cheese Egg Bake

It’s no secret that I love a simple easy egg bake. I make some kind of egg bake or quiche about once a week or every other week and I just don’t get tired of them. They are really easy meatless (or nearly meat-free) dinner options that the whole family loves. I love that I always have eggs on hand (thank you backyard chickens), that I can sneak vegetables in to dinner, and that it reheats really well. I’ll often make a double batch and eat the second half for quick breakfasts the rest of the week.

Few things are simpler than this egg bake, but it’s still very filling, full of flavor, and hearty. It’s great for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. If I plan ahead and have the time, I might make our favorite biscuits, healthy banana muffins, or some breakfast cookies to go with it. If I’m short on time, then I might just serve the egg bake with a simple fruit salad or a smoothie. Both options are great.

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8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer.

What is it about the spring that is a total zoo? We have everything from the dentist and t-ball practice to the spring dance recital and baseball going on. Having healthy food ready to go in the fridge means that I’m making good choices, even on the craziest of days.

I do pretty well about planning dinner, but it’s a whole lot harder to plan lunch. I thought I’d take a little time to prep some awesome lunches and share them with you today. These are simple, wholesome lunch-box ideas for adults. Kids could enjoy them too but I had adults in mind when I created them. These are perfect  adult lunch box ideas to enjoy on the go, at work, or even at the park with the kids. Real food never looked so good.

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

Tips and Tricks for Making Adult Lunch Box Ideas

  • The key to great lunches are keeping them simple, using real food, and making things that can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the fridge. All of these lunches hit all three of those things.
  • Get some lunch boxes you love! I bought a set of Easy Lunch Boxes when my oldest went to kindergarten so that she could start packing her lunch and we still use and love them all of the time. When I’m packing my school kids’ lunches, I’ll often just make three more lunches for the little boys at home. They love eating out of these cute boxes and I love that the work is done. I’ve now bought a few more sets of these and we still love them.
  • I like to prep lunches while I’m making dinner and already have out my knife and cutting board. You can set out to do a big meal prep session or you can prep a little as you go, it’s up to you.
  • Have you started making no bake oatmeal bites for your lunches yet? We are OBSESSED with these little balls of goodness.

Here are the details on the adult lunch box ideas!

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

  • Easy Pasta Salad (leftover pasta + chopped zucchini/red onion/tomato/bell peppers/ham + salad dressing (roasted garlic, creamy Italian, and classic vinaigrette are awesome in this)
  • Cashews + dark chocolate chips
  • Kiwi + blueberries

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

  • Hummus
  • Celery/carrots/bell peppers/broccoli
  • Crackers
  • Dried fruit (mango/pineapple/blueberries/apricots) + dark chocolate

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

  • Salami + provolone
  • Crackers
  • Radishes/cucumber/carrots/black olives
  • Raspberries

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

  • Apple and Peanut Butter “Sandwiches”
  • Blueberries
  • Cashews + almonds + pecans + dark chocolate chips
  • Boiled eggs
  • Carrots + celery

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

  • Egg Salad
  • Crackers
  • Black olives/celery/carrots/broccoli/radishes/bell peppers
  • Dried blueberries/apricots/pineapple + dark chocolate + almonds

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

  • Green Salad (all the veggies + optional ham/cheese/boiled egg). If I’m going to eat it within an hour or two, I’ll add the dressing before I leave the house. I’ll bring the dressing in a separate container if I’m not going to eat it for a few hours. Don’t dress the day you make it; it gets soggy fast.
  • Crackers
  • Blueberries + raspberries
  • Dark chocolate

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

Wasn’t that awesome and pretty painless? The noodles and curry are leftovers from a dinner and the boiled eggs and salad dressings can be made ahead of time. Even if you were whipping these up one at a time in the morning, they shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to put together.

 

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!
If you are looking for other lunch-box inspiration, you might also like these posts:

12 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for Kids or Adults
5 Secrets to Healthy Packed-Lunch Success
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My favorite page on all things meal prep and food prep (lots of make ahead meal ideas!)

Make Ahead Omelet in a Jar

Make Ahead Omelet in a Jar is the easiest ways to eat veggies for breakfast. Prep once, eat healthy all week!

You know how some things are just normal to you and you don’t think much about them, but when someone sees you doing them they have questions because it’s new to them? This “omelet” in a jar idea is just that… I have been chopping up vegetables and sticking them in a jar for years. It started with salad in a jar (here’s a full tutorial on how that amazing-ness works!) but I started doing it with other things to. It’s just normal. So when I told my friend about this breakfast trick, she loved it and made my promise I’d share the details with all of you on the blog. Done and done!

I’m not sure what makes sticking vegetables in a jar work so well, but I’m here to tell you it is magic. They last SO LONG! I assume it’s because the glass is insulating them from freezing (which happens too often in my wonky fridge) and there’s got to be something about having a bit of a seal because of the lid. Whatever it is, it’s awesome. I like to prep 4-6 of these little jars at a time and use them all week long. If they just have vegetables in them, then they’ll keep about a week (sometimes up to 10 days if I didn’t put in any leafy spinach!) and if I tossed in a little cooked bacon or chopped ham then I like to use them in 3 or 4 days.

Here’s the second half of the magic. When it’s already done and in the fridge you are ten times more likely to eat it because it’s easy. Food prep really will help you to eat healthier because convenience is awesome and powerful.

I’m knee-deep in trying to lose some weight and one of my main tricks to help myself succeed is to eat a veggie heavy meal two out of the three meals in the day. I really like to start my day of on the right track, so eating vegetables for breakfast is a great start to a successful day of dieting. I can eat a nice green smoothie or I can eat these “omelets”. You cook up the vegetables and then you can either add some scrambled eggs and cook them all together OR you can cook the vegetables and then fry up two soft-centered eggs. The soft cooked eggs on top of tender crisp vegetables is amazing. The yolk almost makes a sauce for the vegetables and it is heavenly. Having two options on how to cook the eggs makes me feel like I’m getting more variety. I also love a little hot sauce on top of all the egg and vegetable goodness.

Here’s a little pro tip: say you make 6 of these and you haven’t eaten all of them, but they are starting to get a little old. You can toss the chopped vegetables on top of homemade pizza or sautĂ© them up as a base to your homemade pasta sauce. No need to waste good intentions, just use them somewhere else! Having chopped vegetables in the fridge is awesome. Having chopped vegetables in the fridge that last a really long time is extra awesome.

Make Ahead Omelet in a Jar is the easiest ways to eat veggies for breakfast. Prep once, eat healthy all week!

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Farmhouse Egg Bake

Sometimes I sit at my dinner, take a look at the meal, and try to determine what percentage of the meal I produced. It always varies but I get so excited when the percentage is really high. I’ll look over the meal and then I’ll announce to the family all of the things we grew. I love knowing where our food comes from and I want my kids to enjoy the literal fruits of our labors.

Pork or lamb roast (animals we raised and processed), green beans and sweet corn (from the garden), and some canned peaches or applesauce (also from the garden and canned by me) are really typical for us during the winter. Tacos with ground lamb and vegetables from the garden, fajitas with lamb steak and garden onions, peppers, and tomatoes, or stir-fry with garden veggies are other common meals. We don’t produce all of our own food, but I like the personal challenge of producing and using as much as I can.

This dish is one of my favorites to make in the summer because I can produce a large percentage of the ingredients. If you aren’t able to have your own hobby farm, garden, or chickens, this is an easy (and very affordable) dish to buy local ingredients for. You could stop and get all of the vegetables and eggs from a roadside stand or farmer’s market. I’m always looking for great ways to use garden vegetables and this is one of my favorites. Plus, it only takes about 30 minutes to get this on the table. The best part? The vegetables are hiding in eggs and topped with cheese. Even more, fussy three-year-old eats this without complaint. They don’t even know it’s full of vegetables.

Enjoy!

Farmhouse Egg Bake - veggie filled dinner that's done in 30 minutes. Yum!
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Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pie

It’s been so quiet around here lately!

I thought we should end the work week with a delicious recipe and then I have some explaining to do come Monday.

This recipe is one that I shared a year or so ago on another blog, but I thought it was high time it made an appearance here.

Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pie is kind of a cross between a quiche (very eggy) and a strata (very bready). My family loved it! You can’t go wrong with eggs, ham, and cheese all piled into one dish. Plus it’s super easy.

We aren’t a big breakfast for dinner kind of family unless lots of eggs are involved. This breakfast pie is just perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pie is kind of a cross between a quiche (very eggy) and a strata (very bready). My family loved it!

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Lightened Up Spinach Bacon Quiche

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Country life is a happy one but it isn’t without a few sacrifices. I’ve given up the convenience of restaurants, and I miss having neat places to take the kids once in a while like museums, aquariums, and parks. But do you know what I miss most of all? The library!

Libraries are so amazing to me. We have giant buildings where all kinds of knowledge in the form of books are stored and we can just walk in and borrow all of that knowledge for free! The town that we used to live in had a grand library. Sometimes after the kids were in bed and my husband was up late studying, I would take myself on a date to the library and check out stacks and stacks of books. I went plenty with my kids, but there is something magical about roaming shelves of books alone. I always felt like I was on a treasure hunt! One of my very favorite types of books to pick out were cookbooks of course! I loved going through them and copying the recipes I wanted to try, reading the tips and tricks, and learning new things.

In that library is where I discovered Cooking Light Magazine. At the end of every year, Cooking Light publishes a compilation cookbook of the years’ most popular recipes. I think that I had the 2011 Cooking Light cookbook out for months! Here’s what I learned about Cooking Light. They cook smart. They are big on using good quality, seasonal, flavorful foods so that you don’t even know you are saving calories. They don’t use weird things like calorie free sweeteners or turkey bacon to save on calories (bacon = pork). They are full of great tips and tricks. I love learning more about cooking, especially healthy eating.

Occasionally I’ll pick up a Cooking Light Magazine now and I’m always so glad when I do. If you are looking for a little spring pick-me-up in the kitchen then you’ll love the deal that Target has right now. When you buy the April issue of both Cooking Light and Real Simple (Cooking Light’s sister publication) then you’ll get a $5 gift card back. And you know that five more dollars to Target is never a bad thing.

I had so many recipes to choose from for today’s post and I decided to go with a deliciously rich and flavorful Spinach Bacon Quiche from the April issue of Cooking Light. I’m so glad I did; it was delicious! I love when I can have vegetables be part of a meal and no one even notices that they are there. All of the flavors are just perfect together.

Lightened Up Spinach Bacon Quiche full of flavor light on calories perfect for Brinner

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Easy Egg and Potato Breakfast Casserole

Easy Egg and Potato Breakfast Casserole recipeWhen I meal plan, one night of the week is meatless/egg-based. This is a great habit to get into because it is healthy and budget friendly. I have nine spring chickens who started laying last month, and I collect around 7 eggs each day (find my very first egg story here!). Eggs for dinner is becoming more and more common for us and I couldn’t be more pleased.

I buy very little convenience food, but once in a while it is nice to have such foods on hand. This casserole uses Potatoes O’Brien which is cubed potatoes, onion, and green and red peppers in a frozen mix. Sure you could get all of that ready, but it makes this recipe super quick and easy when all of that prep is done for you. You can find Potatoes O’Brien in the freezer section near the french fries and tater tots. They are a pretty healthy option for convenience, too, which is always a plus.

Plan on this for breakfast, brunch or dinner; it is perfect for either. Easy Egg and Potato Breakfast Casserole is sure to be a hit at your house!
Easy Egg and Potato Breakfast Casserole recipe

 
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Easy Egg and Potato Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces Potatoes O’Brien (half of a 12 ounce bag, about 1 1/2 cups), thawed
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • Notes:

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8×8 baking dish. Poor the thawed potatoes into the buttered dish. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, and salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the potatoes. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top of the casserole. Bake, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes until the center is set. Allow the dish to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

This is a great recipe to add things to. Add cooked bacon, sausage, or ham to the dish before the cheese for a meatier meal. Add cooked chopped spinach to the egg mixture for more veggies and color. Add more cheese or part cheddar and part pepper jack to the top. This is really the bare-bones recipe that is just begging for you to add whatever you have in the fridge. A little garlic powder and green onions in the egg mixture really spruces things up, too.

I just leave the potatoes on the counter for the afternoon to thaw them. I’m sure the microwave would work too. I’ve tried it with frozen potatoes and the texture is not as pleasing.

 

For this recipe, I recommend:

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Easy Egg and Potato Breakfast Casserole
Egg and Potato Breakfast Casserole