Comfort Food: No Fuss Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am not a cook. I should be totally upfront about that now. My husband had a completely different experience growing up than I did. I grew up in a Puerto Rican household in the suburbs of Chicago and he grew up on a farm in rural Michigan. We bought paletas from a man pushing a cart around our neighborhood and they grew up making cookies and brownies from scratch. Below is a recipe from my husband’s family for Chocolate Chip Cookies and I honestly had no idea they were so easy to make and so delicious. So if you’re ever feeling down and want a little something sweet, I hope these satisfy your craving.

Comfort Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yields: At least 2 dozen
Oven Temp: 375°
Total Time: about 20 min


  • 21⁄4 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup room temperature butter or shortening (we do half and half but you can choose whichever you like better)
  • 3⁄4 cups of sugar
  • 3⁄4 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (or vanilla extract)
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon of water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 oz. package of chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Start by whisking together your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, brown sugar and chocolate chips) in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining wet ingredients together with a mixer or spoon.

  • Once your ingredients are mixed well, pour the wet ingredients into the center of the dry ingredients.
  • Mix well using a large spoon, mixer, or your hands until a damp dough is formed. If the dough is a little dry, try adding another half a teaspoon to the dough until it’s the right consistency.
  • Get your cookie sheet out. If it isn’t non-stick, I recommend using a non-stick spray or shortening to keep them from getting stuck.
  • Take a regular spoon and begin spooning out the dough to your desired size. (Remember, the bigger the cookie the longer it has to bake to cook the inside.)
  • Place the cookies a few inches apart on your cookie sheet. (I could have added a few more cookie to the cookie sheet above, for reference.)
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are a golden brown.
  • Let cool and enjoy!

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