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Cook: Salted Celebration Cookies

I’m writing to you from a palace.  Seriously.  I’ve moved into my new apartment and I’m telling you, it’s fantastic.  Sure, it’s still a studio apartment, and sure it’s pretty small.  But y’all!

Look at that.  That’s my kitchen!  That’s counter space!  And look at this:

That’s also my kitchen!  That’s more counter space!  I have my computer in my kitchen, streaming cooking shows, while cooking.  I’m telling you.  Palace.  I couldn’t be happier.

Naturally the first thing I unpacked and organized was the kitchen.  The rest of the apartment is slowly but surely coming together.  This is the beginning of the gallery wall that I started today.

And up there is my loft.  I won’t get into the specifics of my previous loft, because it was more like a P.O Box and was actually pretty awful to sleep in, but this new situation feels like a whole other room.  Sure, a room that I can’t stand up in, but still, a room.  You don’t know space.

Well, actually you probably do, because you probably live in a multi-room abode.  Maybe I don’t know space.

Anyway!  I’ve been cooking in my new kitchen for a week now, but as promised, the first thing I’m bringing you comes in the form of a sprinkle celebration.  We’re celebrating new apartments, first days of school, the cutest third graders on the planet, enough space to paint, and enough counter space for dry ingredients and wet ingredients.  Not a bowl of flour dropped on the floor, not even one.  What are you celebrating?  Life?  Love?  Cooler weather and turning leaves?  Football?  Oh man.  Fall is really the best.

Whatever you’re celebrating, you should include sprinkles.  They’re colorful and happy.  I’ll show you how!

Start with your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I used this one,

You know what the camera loves?  Sprinkles.  Those are beautiful.

There’s nothing for you here, Tyson.  Scram.  You can see my life hasn’t changed that much with my new place.

This cookie is a colorful, decadent, treat.  They’re crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, and the richness of the dark chocolate will make you crave a glass of cold milk.

The secret ingredient isn’t the sprinkles or the dark chocolate, however.  No, the secret ingredient that will cause your friends and family to say “what is that?” is the sprinkle of salt.  It’s not enough to register as saltiness, no, all it does is amplify the sweetness of the rest of the cookie.  It confuses the taste buds just enough to where you keep coming back for more.  Celebration indeed.

Make these and celebrate.  Whether it’s a big celebration like a birthday, or a small celebration like having counter tops, we should celebrate more and these are the cookies to help us.  Celebrate life, celebrate kitchen space, celebrate sprinkles!

Here’s the recipe!

Salted Celebration Cookies (Adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All Purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup multicolored sprinkles
  • Kosher or sea salt for finishing
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 325* and line a baking sheet with foil, spray with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, combine brown sugar, white sugar, and butter.  Mix until light and creamy, about 3 minutes.  Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla.  Mix until combine, then scrape down the sides to ensure all ingredients are combined.
  4. Add dry ingredients all at once and mix until just combined, making sure to scrape down the sides periodically.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips and sprinkles and mix until combined.  Let cool in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  6. Once chilled, spoon about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough into balls and place on the baking sheet.  Sprinkle the tops with just a tiny bit of sea or kosher salt.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, until slightly golden brown around the edges.  Let cool on a wire rack before serving.
*My new oven is HOT!  I had to lower the temperature to 300 and baked the cookies for about 11 minutes to get the perfect texture.  Know your oven, and adjust accordingly.
Enjoy!

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