Who would you be if you were a character on Sesame Street? My kids may choose Oscar the Grouch for me, but the one with whom I personally most identify, is Cookie Monster. Remember him singing of his complete devotion to cookies? (Here’s a refresher if you don’t have kids or sit around watching PBS very often.) That’s pretty much how I roll. Some girls may need fancy chocolates. Not me. Just give me a fresh, hot, chocolate chip cookie, and I’m a pretty happy camper. It’s taken my husband years to perfect the art of cookie making… and that’s with the refrigerated pre-made dough. He knows exactly how far to space them, when to pat them down, and when to take them out of the oven and how long they should sit on the hot cookie sheet to finish cooking. But do you notice how much effort is required of me in this picture? Pretty much all I have to do is remember to buy the dough and then sit and enjoy them. That’s it. I tell you all this so you can see what a sacrifice this post is for me. I do this research for you, People.
I had bought some Divine and Equal Exchange chocolate for my in-law’s Christmastime anniversary. I wanted more! It’s so creamy and reminds me of my Switzerland based semester abroad. I found out both companies’ secret is they have the chocolate processed in Switzerland. No wonder it tastes just like I remember! Anyway, we went out to Ten Thousand Villages in Raleigh this past weekend. They sell lots of fairly traded items. I was standing there trying to justify forking over $20 for chocolate (a few bars and a baking block). I remembered the chocolate chip cookie recipe I’d seen on Divine’s Facebook page. And then I thought of you. It’s the perfect reason to buy and bake so I can put together a little “review.” Thanks for reading! I wish I could share a cookie with every one of you.
Divine Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 12 Cookies (I had 5 bonus ones too)
To make the best cookies, all ingredients should be brought to room temperature.