Chocolatey Chip Comfort Cookies
Biting into a homemade chocolate chip cookie that’s made with a lot of love is one of the most comforting treats around. If you’re looking for a reasonable indulgence or want to treat someone, these cookies are as soothing as they are decadent. What makes them extra special is using high quality chocolate and chopping it into chunks.
To me, sharing freshly baked goodies is a great way to spread love. My nieces and nephews refer to me as “Auntie Cookie” because for every family gathering (which is often) I arrive with a plateful of these delicious cookies.
Makes 24 cookies
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick of butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped into chunks with a chef’s knife (use good quality chocolate)
Cream butter until light and lemony in color. Scrape down mixing bowl. Add both sugars and salt. Mix until well until combined. Add egg and vanilla and beat lightly. Add sifted flour and baking soda on low speed until combined. Fold in chocolate chunks. Divide dough in half and place on 2 separate pieces of parchment paper. Roll the dough into 2 logs; each 2 inches wide and 10 inches long. Tighten log and twist the ends of the parchment paper. Refrigerate mixture for 2 hours. Slice logs into 1/2 inch thick rounds; place on parchment covered cookie sheets. Bake at 350° F for 12-15 minutes; cool before removing cookies from sheet.
Liquid Gold Brazil Nut Milk (B’Zil Nut Milk
Nut milks are delicious, dairy-free alternatives that are easy to make at home! Healthier and fresher than boxed counterparts, homemade nut milks are free of preservatives and chock full of beneficial nutrients. Plus, there are no hormones or antibiotics to worry about.
I absolutely love making and sharing Liquid Gold Brazil Nut Milk with friends and family, who keep coming back for more. Brazil nuts are very high in selenium, an essential mineral that is very hard to come by naturally. Selenium is an immunity booster, which also functions to strengthen the heart and detoxify the liver. Turmeric is nature’s anti-inflammatory. I sneak it into everything including brownies. Cinnamon is a digestive spice that warms and sweetens. Coconut oil adds a richness and a delicious flavor. This heavenly concoction makes me feel strong, healthy and happy, which is why I adore drinking it and sharing it.
Serves 2 to 4
1 cup raw Brazil nuts, soaked 4 hours or more
4 cups purified water
1/4 cup agave nectar or raw honey
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoons ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
In a Vitamix or high-speed blender, blend nuts and water for approximately two minutes, making sure nuts are thoroughly blended. Strain the milk through a nut milk bag or multiple layers of cheesecloth twice for smoothness. Rinse the blender cup and place the milk back in. Add remaining ingredients, and blend to combine. Taste and adjust for sweetness. Keep tightly covered in refrigerator for 2-3 days. If it separates, give it a good shake.
Could it be a coincidence that my last name is Buzil? Sounds just like Brazil! Let’s just call it B’Zil Nut Milk!