Early Light: Have you had your Toll House today?

chocolatechipcookies Today is Thursday, May 15. It is the 136 day of the year with 230 remaining. Today is one of my favorite holidays. This is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

I personally believe the best recipe is on the back of the Nestle Toll House morsels bag, but there are several ways you can tweak the recipe for a superior cookie. I learned from years of experience.

_ Always use real butter. I’ve made them with margarine, and butter is better. Plus it isn’t hydrogenated or contain those arterie clogging transfats.

_ Triple the amount of vanilla extract. I learned this the hard way when I got a case of the hickups while mixing the batter. I carefully measured the vanilla and had one of those honking painful hick-ups. I dumped about a jigger’s worth in. Everyone accused me of sipping on the vanilla, but they agreed the cookies were my best effort.

_ Melt the butter rather than letting it sit out. I did this by accident as well when I was trying to speed up the process. I stuck the butter in the microwave, left it to a little too long and it liquified. It was much easier to mix, and the butter got incorporated better.

_If your brown sugar has clumps like mine always does, you can bang it on the counter to relieve hostilities, but you’re still going to get brown sugar pebbles in your cookies. Instead, place the open bag of sugar in the microwave with a cup of water beside it. Microwave on high for 2- 3 minutes.

_And last – this is the most important step. Add a heaping blob of crunchy peanut butter – You can’t overdo this step. Of course, I’m assuming no one in your family has peanut allergies or you’re planning to take them to your son’s kindergarten. You could end up with a lawsuit.

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