Imperfections

by Alexandra

 I think there’s something fishy about people who can make whole batches of perfectly shaped cookies every time they bake. I mean seriously! Mine usually end up being some sort of cross between four-leaf clovers and mushrooms.

I used to be envious of people like that — you know, the ones who have perfect hair even on rainy days? The ones who can read the Biology chapter once and ace the test, then proceed to go home and make perfectly shaped cookies? Lucky b*tches…

I guess I don’t really want to be one of those people, though. I mean, who wants to be perfect, anyway? Oblong cookies taste just as good as the nice, round ones, and they have a little personality to-boot. There’s even somewhat of an air of mystery about them because you don’t really know what you’re getting until you sink your teeth into the chocolatey, chewy goodness. It’s that moment when you notice that the outside is nice and crisp but the middle is warm and soft, and the yummy buttery smell is amazing. Nope. When it comes to cookies, appearance doesn’t matter. Not one bit.

People are kind of like that, too. Their imperfections make them unique. We idolize people who have a “perfect body” or a “perfect job” or a ridiculous amount of money, but those things don’t necessarily equate to happiness. On top of that, seeming like one lacks imperfections doesn’t make him a better human being. Humanity is characterized by flaws! We aren’t meant to be perfect.

I know, I know. This conversation is getting wayyyyy too deep for a post about cookies. So I’ll cut to the chase dough.

I like cookie dough, but I like the finished product better. Just saying.

Did you know that Nestle makes dark chocolate chips? I didn’t know until a few months ago, and they’re really good! They’re significantly smoother and chocolatier than Hershey’s special dark morsels. Oh yeah — and the recipe on the back of the back is pretty darn good as well.

Nestle’s Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 
1 teaspoon salt
1 bag (10 0z) Nestle dark chocolate chips
 
Preheat oven to 375-degrees F. Cream butter and sugars, then add the eggs (one at a time) and the vanilla. Stir in the salt and baking soda, then the flour. Mix in the chocolate chips, then drop spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire cooling racks.
 

-Alexandra

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