About Moi

About Moi
My Name is Brittany, and I'm 23yrs old. I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was 15, and then diagnosed with RA, when I was 18. I also got married when I was 18, and I'm enjoying my happily ever after with my hubby! When I got married, I was slim and trim...But not for long. After getting married, I started to gain a LOT of weight! In 1yr, I gained 50lbs! Finally, I went to the Doctor, where I discovered I have low thyroid. After being put on medicine, my weight gain slowed down, although over the next 3yrs, I gained an additional 26lbs. When I was 20yrs old, I got yet another diagnoses of Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. That's 4 diagnoses in a 5yr period, if you lost count. They all effect my weight, in one way or another. Add on top of that, my love affair with food, and every 1 of those 76lbs gained was accounted for. Being 76lbs over weight is unhealthy for anyone, but it was especially unhealthy for me, and my health issues. Since starting this blog, in Jan-2010, I have lost 40lbs! I'm a new, slimmer, and healthier me! Before losing weight, I was told I needed knee replacements. Losing weight was the ONLY tool I had to help me hold off on that life changing surgery. Since losing 40lbs, my knees have never felt better! My husband and I are also trying to start a family, but my PCOS was not going to make it as easy as 1,2,3, as I didn't have periods on my own. My doctor had told me if I wanted a baby, I HAD to lose weight. Since losing 40lbs, I've had regular cycles for the first time in my life! Which is very important when trying to have a baby ;) This journey of mine is more than me simply wanting to wear skinny jeans. It has been a quest to becoming :Deliciously Healthy, so ALL of my dreams can come true! I'm almost half way there! With each new day, I get closer and closer to my goal of 120lbs, and becoming :Deliciously Healthy!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

To die for chocolate chip cookies

I've had a serious craving for chocolate chip cookies.
I mean, aren't chocolate chip cookies, the best cookie on earth?
So, I decided to satisfy my craving, in a Deliciously Healthy way, by making these:
What you need:
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter- divided
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips- divided
What you do:
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets. Whisk flour, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl, and set aside.
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown (1 to 3 minutes). Pour butter into a bowl. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons butter into hot butter until completely melted.
  3. Add both sugars, salt, milk and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until smooth. Add egg and whisk until mixture is smooth with no sugar lumps. Let mixture stand 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat process of resting and whisking 2 more times until mixture is thick, smooth and shiny. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in 6 tablespoons of chocolate chips.
  4. Divide dough into 16 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Press the remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies.
  5. Bake cookies 1 tray at a time for 8-11 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack.
Here's what I'm thinkin':
Makes 16 cookies
Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories per serving: 120 calories

They were perfect.

What's your favorite cookie?


Alexia said...

gimme that cookie!! i've been craving chocolate violently lately.

135by2012 said...

Chocolate Chip cookies are my kryptonite. I LOVE them. These look great and should be baked with love by me this weekend. They would be a great treat at the drive in Saturday night. :)

SkinnyGirlSetFree said...

Oh girl...those look a-maz-ing, as chocolate chip are my all-time fave! :) I may have to make these. Thanks for sharing!

erica said...

These cookies look crazy amazing. I am so getting everything to make these and having them over the weekend. I love snickerdoodle cookies.


Unknown said...

Yummmm they really doo look perfect and fresh from the oven!

Kat said...

My all-time favorite would definitely have to be Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. Just addictive stuff, really. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Quay Po Cooks said...

Perfect cookies. Nice pictures.

Betty said...

I just love your recipes. I am on a diet and I cannot take artifical sugars and when I see recipes like yours where I can use the real thing I just have to try them. Thanks again.


Renee Paj said...

Hi! I saw your comment on Anna's blog, and thought I would drop over to let you know if you like to cook and bake and are looking for some inspiration....come and check out my food blog! ( those cookies look wonderful, btw!!! )


Eve said...

OMG!! Those cookies look amaze-balls!! Yummy, yummy, yummy!! I need to totally make these........without eating the whole batch!! lol

I gave you an award. Stop by my blog to see!!


Renee Paj said...

Thanks for checking out my blog...and I just had a chance to browse though yours....you are amazing and accomplishing amazing things...going to add you to my blogroll, because after reading your diet philosophy, i see we share so many beliefs.... :)

Corletta said...

Ooo Brittany,
You're precious and full of great recipes!! By the way, thanks for all of your sweet comments on my blog. Though I am having to think hard about those non-scale victories, the lessons learned, if nothing else, is a pos.!!!!

Ty said...

First batch of these just came out of the oven. They smell amazing.

I love that they don't have too many chocolate chips cuz while I do like the chocolate, I feel like the nestle bag recipe totally overdoes it and you can't taste the cookie at all.

Also the browned butter in this? DIVINE!

I will exercise self control and have one with a half glass of milk before bed.

Thank you for this recipe! It's great!