Chocolate Cookies with Chocolate Chips
I admit, I'm obsessed with books. I love them since I was a little girl and I began to really read them when I was ten years old. I read them intensivly until the middle of high school, then ... well you know, then the guys came and books went away :). Now they found me again. In addition to tea houses, pastry shops, restaurants, stores with natural cosmetics, small shops with food ... the library is one of my favorite places. Book piles are appering around my desk waiting for me to open them. Mess which I otherwise really don't like and it's difficult for me to handle.
The last book that I read, was by Dalai Lama. I recommend it to all of you. I made six pages of notes from this book. It is full of smart lessons, which can help each one of us to achieve a more peaceful life. I myself am an atheist, well no one is really an atheist, if you believe in something you can not see, if you for example believe in a better tomorrow, it means you're not an atheist, but you understand me .. and I found that Buddhism is what I find most close to my heart and therefore can connect with.
I like that the focus is on the man himself and how to work on yourself. That's what is most important, we must work on ourself, how do we become better, not how we should change everyone around us. Collective happiness is important, because we can't be happy otherwise. It really is a great read. These cookies have nothing to do with Buddhism, but they are great snack when you are reading any kind of book :)
A long time ago I wanted to make them because I'm a little obsessed with the typical american stuff. My friends loved them, and I loved them the most. I will share one nice thought from Dalai Lama for a nice Friday: Genuine compassion derives from its recognition that other people, like myself, want to be happy and have the right to get rid of suffering. On this basis, the person starts to worry about the welfare of others, without regard to their relationship with him. This is compassion.
With love, Neja
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa powder
Combine flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa in a bowl, stir with a fork, just to blend. Set to the side.
Cream butter and sugars together till smooth and creamy. Beat eggs slightly then add to butter mixture. Add in vanilla.
Now slowly add your flour mixture, make sure the blender is on low or better yet off! And yes, maybe there is a little flour and cocoa powder layer of dust on my cabinet. Once all blended together and smooth, stir in chips.
Spoon dough onto cookie sheets and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 9-10 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely.