Back to Basics & A Pretty Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Recipe: Tried & True Chocolate Chip Cookies


-2 sticks cold butter cubed

-1 cup brown sugar

-1 cup white sugar

-2 eggs

-1 splash vanilla

-1 & 1/2 cups cake flour

-1 & 1/2 cups regular flour

-1 Tsp cornstarch

-3/4 tsp baking soda

-1 tsp salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F
  2. In a large bowl mix butter, brown sugar and white sugar.
  3. After mixed, add eggs, vanilla, cake flour, basic flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt until combined.
  4. Scoop cookies onto baking sheet: about tablespoon worth of dough (or could be bigger if you would like).
  5. Bake cookies at 400F for ten minutes.
  6. Enjoy! While they may be a basic chocolate chip cookie, adding the cake flour and cornstarch makes these pretty unreal!!

Back to Basics: My two cents

When things get too overwhelming, go back to basics.

This is a sentiment I have heard from almost every provider I have worked with and one that really resonated with me this weekend.

Living with OCD, my illness manifests itself differently than you might think. OCD in mainstream media and in mainstream conversation depicts hand washing, organizing and checking; and while these are all parts of my story, the biggest symptom of this for me now is looping thoughts and constant rumination. These thoughts usually have to do with my deepest insecurities and are based in self hatred. It is so hard when my brain lies to me and this weekend when my mind was on a constant loop of self deprecating thoughts I realized I needed some interruption. 

So, I went back to the basics. This started with a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) worksheet, Dena, AKA my life changing therapist suggested. CBT is a therapy that focuses on changing patterns of thinking and behavior and this worksheet helped me challenge some of my thoughts. It was then taking this more manageable pain and writing which led to drinking some water, to grocery shopping and to making a to-do list. As basic as it sounds, the simplicity helped me, I laid a foundation to start again. 

But oh, if only it was this recipe every time, I would write it down, save it and share it but we know this isn’t how life works. Instead I’m looking at “going back to the basics” like experimenting with the basic chocolate chip cookie recipe.

The standard chocolate chip cookie can be simple yet comforting and in my kitchen, they are never the same each time. But one thing I know is that I have the basics: chocolate chips are always in the cabinet and the basic recipe pretty much memorized, the rest I figure out along the way. 

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