There’s this guy, Ben. I’m kinda crazy about him.
Kind. Brave. Strong. Faithful. God-fearing. Handsome. Funny.
That list could go on, and on and on.
When my friend Amanda of i am baker suggested that a bunch of us food bloggers all post on the same day about our better half that sits across the table, it was a no-brainer for me.
So today, I made Ben his favorite chocolate chip cookies.
And the real treat is for you, because I did a little interview with my man so that you can get to know him better.
Rachel: What is your significant other’s favorite blog called?
Ben: What is your favorite blog?
Rachel: Yes, mine.
Ben: Rachel Cooks? I don’t know what the heck you read.
Rachel: What is my favorite prop?
Ben: Your favorite prop? The wood deck? That new white stuff you got?
Rachel: New white stuff?
Ben: Bowls or something? White marble?
Rachel: That marble board?
Ben: Yeah, that.
Rachel: I do like that.
Rachel: What is the weirdest thing you have seen me do for a blog post?
Ben: Buy ice cream for a recipe and then eat it all before you made the recipe.
Rachel: If you could have your own blog what would you call it?
Rachel: What do you do for a living and what are your hobbies?
Ben: I’m an assistant principal. Hobbies? Reading, working out, spending time with my wife and kids.
Rachel: Who does the dishes?
Ben: You and the dishwasher except when you’re at work. I pull my weight though.
Rachel: I know! Just because you don’t do dishes doesn’t mean you don’t pull your weight.
So that’s my hubs! Barely scratches the surface, but as you can see, we have fun. I kinda like him.
He loves original chocolate chip cookies and he’s always open to trying something that is a little better for him.
Don’t get me wrong, these are still a treat! They are chocolate chip cookies after all. I like to focus on small changes that can add up and make a difference in our health. Deprivation is not the answer — at least not for me.
I like to keep a big batch of this dough in the freezer. Ben cuts off a couple chunks and bakes them in the toaster oven when he’s craving a chocolate chip cookie. Sometimes I even bake them for him. Or for myself.
If you prefer, bake the whole batch and freeze the cookies to eat later.
More yummy cookies!
- 2 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
- ½ cup shortening
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon water
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 365°F.
- In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a mixer (or you can mix it by hand), cream together butter, shortening, sugars, vanilla extract, and water. Once creamy, beat in eggs.
- Stir in dry ingredients until combined. Do not overmix. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Drop onto cookie sheet (about 1-2 tablespoons each), and bake for 10-11 minutes or until golden brown but still slightly soft in the middle.
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