NESTLE Choclate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies have been one of my favorite things to bake lately,  I’m obsessed. They are super easy and the everyone loves them. I made them for my family in Indiana over Easter, there was fighting over these. And I think this recipe is my new all time favorite. I have always been on the hunt for that perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. And I know I said that the  Americas Test Kitchen recipe was my favorite and I made a post about them, but I think this recipe has toped it. And 50 percent of the time I just make these cookies just to eat the cookie dough;). This is a  recipe that about every one knows,  the one on the back of the chocolate chip bag, its a classic. But the few little tips I’ve learned by making this recipe over a thousand times, makes these cookies unique while still staying true to the original recipe. 

About the recipe

This is Nestles original list of ingredients, but I have tweacted the instructions a little and I add the nuts. This recipe makes for delicious cookie dough, so that’s always a plus considering the only thing we eat is the cookie dough;) But seriously, they turn out to be delicious cookies. I would say they are more of the soft and chew side of the cookie spectrum, but they do have a crunch around the outside. Which for me is a perfect balance.

Tips and Tricks

1.) I think one of the main Tricks I have for this recipe is that you have to freeze the dough. And it has made the biggest difference EVER. When you freeze the dough for at least 20 min before baking, it cause the cookies to not spread out as much. Because when they spread out they can tend to get to crunchy. While this teqniqe causes the cookies to be crunchy around the outsides but still chewy in the middle. So this is the teqniqe that I have been doing for the past couple weeks and I love it so much more.

2.) Another one of my favorite things to do with these cookies that gives them more variation is to add nuts. It dose say 1 cup of nuts on the recipe, but I feel no one actually puts nuts in or at least the people I see making them don’t . I learned this from my Grandma because she always adds nuts to her choclate chip cookies and they are amazing. So she has gotten me in to adding about 1 cup of finally chopped peacans. Doing this step adds extra flavor and a great crunch and textrure to the cookies.

3.) Make a lot of these cookies, because they will go fast!!



There was a little indecent while mixing in the chocolate chips. Blood was shed (literally) things got ugly, but luckily we had a backup bowl stored away in the basement.




(all the cookies were gone before I could get a final picture;;)

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (see Tips and Tricks 2.)

Preheat oven to 375. Cream the butter and sugars in a electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Then add vanilla and mix. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix on low speed. Slowly add chocolate chips and nuts and mix on low speed until incorporated. Freeze dough for at leaste 20 min. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop the cookies into a little more then a Tablespoon of dough on the baking sheet. Bake for 5-6 min, or until just starting to brown around the edges.


Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes, one of the many Christmas cookies that are being devoured around Christmas in our family. My Grandma got me started on them, and I have been eating them ever since. What are Russian Tea Cakes you may ask, well, they are little crumbly pecan shortbread type cookies that are rolled in (twice I might add) powdered sugar. These are quite easy to make and evan easier to eat twenty in one sitting. When you are making these, don’t be alarmed by when you add the flour,vanilla and pecans, how crumbly the dough is. This just make for a crumbly cookie that is still able to hold its shape. And also, when you are reading the recipe and you notice how it says 2 Tab. of sugar, don’t be frighted (like i first was reading this recipe) because shortbread type cookies like this are usually not overly sweet in comparison to a sugar cookie. And they are rolled around in two coats of powdered sugar which contributes to the overall sweet taste of them. Lets face it, I am a sucker for desserts. But one of my biggest weaknesses are Christmas cookies. So keep your eyes out for more Christmas cookie recipes, because there are definitely more to come. O, and Merry Christmas!







Russian Tea Cakes

1/2 cup (1 stick) of softened butter

2 Tab. sugar

1 tea. vanilla

1 cup sifted flour

1 cup finely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit. Beat together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, flour, and pecans; stir well. Pinch about 1 Tab. of dough and roll into a circle. Place on a ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 30-35 min. Remove from the oven, and while still warm, roll in powdered sugar. When fully cooled roll again in powdered sugar. Then eat!

French toast

French toast, i love french toast. Such a simple, easy, fast breakfast.


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Perfect french toast:

2 eggs

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup milk

1/2 tea cinnamon

1/2 tea vanilla

4 slices of bread

Add the butter to a nonstick skillet on medium heat and let it melt. while its melting mix eggs,cream,milk,cinnamon and vanilla in a shallow bowl. Take on piece of bread and dunk it in the mixture for a couple seconds then turn it over and do the same thing. Then add the piece of bread to the skillet and do another piece. One there is at least on piece of bread in the skillet put the lid on and make sure it is on medium heat. Let the bread cook for about 2-3 minutes or until browned to the bottom, the flip it over and do the next side. Once both pieces or done spread on some butter, maple syrup or whatever you like on your french toast and enjoy!


Hi readers, just wanted to say i haven’t forgotten about you. Sorry i haven’t posted in a while i just have been super busy with soccer, school…life. So i am going to try to get a recipe up as soon as possible.🙂



Cool food photos 

Hey, I do have a recipe coming soon but for now I think it’s time for another “cool food photos” I feel like a game show host. It’s just a couple pics but I just wanted to post something.

My 12th Birthday

I know its been kind of a lot of Birthdays lately but this is another special very special one. January 19th was my 12th birthday and it was awesome. In the morning me and my dad went to the Grand Lux Cafe in down town Chicago. The Grand Lux is amazing! the food, the setting, the service everything about it was amazing.


Waiting in line 10 min before the restaurant actually opens.


We got a great seat!



The menu was big, that means lots of choices.



We had strawberry lemonade which was delicious.



I got garlic shrimp pasta. yum.



Dad got fish and chips. Also yum.



So fun!



We ordered a dessert and we were talking to the waiter and telling him about my blog and then when the dessert that we ordered came out there was one other thing that was included.


Do you see what is on the edge of that plate, it says how cool is that. I was so excited! The other dessert was delicious to, a chocolate molten cake, mmmmm, so good.

So overall this restaurant was delicious!!! I decently recommend it, and we will be back next year (hopefully sooner)


Dad’s 39th Birthday

Hope every had a great holiday season! January 1 was my dad’s 39th Birthday, it was great! We were in Indiana at my grandparents house to celebrate. Me and my Grandpa planed the meal, we made beef Burgundy, delicious. And my Grandma gave me some of her secrets to our family famous cheesecake. It was a great time. We had all 5 of my Dads siblings, cousins and my Moms parents there. I will link the recipe for the beef burgundy below, but unfortunately i can not give away the cheese cake recipe, that one is a secret. This was so fun! I love planning parties, especially if its my Dads, and of course, great, great, food.

Beef Burgundy recipe link

Me and pops

photo 5After dinner and coffee in comes the cheesecake

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Christmas Decorating

Another one of my favorite things to do around Christmas is decorate, wrap presents, make christmas cards, paper snowflakes and other stuff of that nature.






Christmas favorites continued…

One day closer to Christmas! As you can tell i am so excited for Christmas. Thats why its so fun to take all my excitement for Christmas and channel it into food. I wish i had pictures of  this delicious recipe i am about to post. Its just that most of these recipes i haven’t made yet this year and don’t have any pictures from last year. That dose not  mean you shouldn’t make these recipes (which sometimes happens to me when there are no pictures in a cook book). Some of these recipes are family recipes, some of these recipes are from friends some of them i discovered. Thats what i love about food, all different kinds has a different story.

These cookies are so good. They are my Grandmas recipe and i can’t remember a year were she hasn’t made them. And they are really pretty. They taste different then your average sugar cookies. And they always taste better when you make them around christmas time.🙂


Nana’s christmas sugar cookies:


1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 sugar

1/2 powdered sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tea vanilla

2 1/4 cup flour

1/2 tea baking soda

1/2 tea cream of tarter

1/2 tea salt

Red and green colored sugar

Preheat oven to 375. Cream the butter,  shortening, and the sugars in a electric    mixer until light and fluffy. Then add eggs and vanilla. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl then add to the wet. Mix well. Take a cookie scoop and scoop out balls of dough. Then take a cup and dip the bottom of the cup in a little bit of water then dip the cup in some of the collared sugar. Then take the cup and press the bottom of it on the  cookie, then continue with the rest. Take your cookies and put them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Put in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cookies cool for 10 minutes. Then eat a hole bunch of them.

Christmas favorites

MERRY CHRISTMAS! I am going to do a series of posts called “christmas favorites” because Christmas is my favorite time of year to eat fun christmas food, share it with my family and do other christmas stuff.  I am going to start off with a great christmas cookie recipe from my friend Michelle. These cookies are soo good! Happy Holidays! Enjoy!

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One of my favorite Christmas quotes:


Peanut butter cookies with a hershey kiss


1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 1/4 cup flour

1 tea. baking

3/4 tea. baking soda

1/4 salt

20 unwrapped hershey kisses

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix the first 5 ingredients, then add the rest. Roll into small balls, put on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Place hershey kiss in center while still hot. Let cool for 20 min. Then devour them.