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23 of the BEST Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

23 of the BEST Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes




 

I have experimented with countless recipes searching for that perfect chocolate chip cookie. The characteristics of the perfect cookie are a very personal matter, which is why all of these need to be tested and approved for you and your family.  I mean, serious experimentation here guys . . . chocolate chip cookies!

 

 

 

Big Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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Chewy Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oreo Surprise Chocolate Chip Cookies

oreo cookie recipe

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Twisted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies  

Kentucky Derby Chocolate Pecan Cookie Bars

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

oatmeal cookie recipe

Double Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies 

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever 

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

chocolate chip cookie recipe

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 

M&Ms Crispy and Peanut Butter Brookie Bars

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Chickpeas

 

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chia Seed Cookie Recipe with Chocolate Chips

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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies 

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

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Chewy Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake Cookies

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Toffee Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies 

 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


 

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The 3 Best Bakeries on the Upper West Side



The 3 Best Bakeries on the Upper West Side


 

Levain Bakery

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The cookies were huge. The cookies were moist. The cookies were rich. The cookies were slightly warm. Just go there and get some cookies.

Speaking as a chocoholic I can say that Levain serves the best hot chocolate and choc chip cookies ever. The hot chocolate was rich and full of flavor and the cookie was packed with nuts and chips that were still in the molten state.

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Silver Moon Bakery

Located on the upper West Side of Manhattan, this bakery  makes cakes and tarts for festive occasions: dinners, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and anytime there are celebrations.  Beautiful to look at, even more delicious to eat.  Silver Moon makes 44 kinds of artisan bread and rolls regularly  – bread anyone? Brioche anyone?  Since opening in November 2000, the award-winning bakery has gathered fans from far and wide.

And, if you can’t make it in, they ship some of their lovely carbs right to your belly . . . I mean, door.

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PAIN D’ÉPICES

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Probably my favorite bakery in Manhattan.

This place can be easily missed because it stands farther on the corner under a dark awning. It’s small and has no seats but fine by me. I’m just there for the delicious pastries and the quick line.

Pain d’Epices is an old-fashioned, French-inspired, family-owned NYC bakery on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. We are the owners of the Muffins Shop Café around the corner, and have been proudly serving this neighborhood for over 20 years. When we re-opened the bakery, formerly known as Soutine, the intention was to maintain the established bakery much as it had been in its 30-year history, a neighborhood favorite.

 

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How to Drink Wine, Eat Chocolate & Stay Thin like the Real Housewives of New Jersey

 



 

 

How to Drink Wine, Eat Chocolate & Stay Thin like the Real Housewives of New Jersey

It amazes me how every single house wife looks good in every single shot. It doesn’t matter if they are meeting for a playdate or if Joe and Melissa are picking up the trash truck for their latest business . . . these ladies look hot. The clothes they wear show off every inch from Dina to Kathy to the twins; they are always in fashion and at every event. With all of the dinners and parties they attend, they must know a few tricks to indulging and still being able to slide into those Herve Leger dresses. Here are the Housewives’ 6 rules for drinking wine and eating chocolate (and some recommendations by yours truly on which wines and chocolates to buy accordingly):

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1. Data is key

Know the calories in your wine and chocolate

Wines with a higher alcohol content have more calories than ones with a lower alcohol content. Wine can vary from 8% alcohol to 15%, and that number is crucial to counting calories and staying fit while still enjoying that drink with dinner. How does alcohol content play in to calorie-count? A gram of alcohol has 7 calories compared to a gram of carbohydrate (sugar), which has only 4 calories. Alcohol has nearly twice the calories as sugar! So if you want to make it easier to maintain your hotness, start reading those labels.

There’s a similar, simple rule for chocolate. White chocolate delivers more calories than milk or dark (which are roughly equivalent). If you’re looking for the chocolate that provides the most positive result, dark chocolate is packed full of antioxidants and is generally agreed to be the healthiest of the three.

Wine: Choose a Brut such as the Cellar Rimarts Uvae Brut Nature, even more specifically notice that it’s a Brut Nature compared to a Brut or Brut Extra. The Brut Nature has the least amount of alcohol, with no sugar added.
Chocolate: Go dark, real dark. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the less sugar involved in the bar. I recommend indulging in a square of Alter Eco’s Blackout Bar at 85% cacao.

 

2. Eat before you drink and dive into that chocolate

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Having a Gewurtz or a Zinfandel as a light wine that feels like a spritzer? Those sweeter wines typically have more sugar and more calories. You can still have a glass, but eat a robust salad from the Brownstone before that party/girl fight/charity event in Franklin Lakes and you will be less likely to go for a second glass. To best suppress those cravings, eat twenty minutes beforehand. That way your stomach isn’t fooled into thinking it’s empty. And, if wine’s involved, drink plenty of water ahead of time. It helps with just about everything: how thirsty you think you are, how quickly you feel the effects of the wine, and how awful you feel tomorrow (if you’re really indulging!).

3. Maximize your calories

Meaning that if you are going to eat something, it should be great. Bad chocolate cake has the same number of calories as good chocolate cake. And it’s more satisfying too, so you’re not craving more. (It’s been said that M&M’s are specifically formulated to have just the right amount of chocolate in them to keep you craving more, which is why it’s hard to stop at half a bag.)
The same goes for wine. Grab what you will have the most satisfaction out of in just one glass. Buying inferior wine encourages more drinking; especially since they are usually the cheaper ones so you don’t feel the need to savor it.
There is nothing wrong with adding some extra calories to your day. But make sure what you’re eating and drinking is truly worth it, something you truly enjoy.

Wine: I recommend this full bodied Sangiovese

Chocolate: One piece of an ArtPassion Chocolate called Vdokhnovenie from Russia will have you mesmerized.

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4. Don’t eat or drink too late at night

Even though we see the Housewives heading out most nights we typically don’t see them eating late into the night. Fighting perhaps, but not eating. Nighttime tends to be the most sedentary time of the day, when your calorie needs are minimal. Eating and drinking after dinner tends to pack on the pounds.
All that late-night sugar can always disrupt your sleep and wine can give you that delightful hangover in the morning. The point may be to focus on your waistline, but there are simply too many quality-of-life issues that arise with late-night snacking and drinking to make it worth it. Put down the glass and the truffle if it’s nearly bedtime!

 


 

 

5. Eat what you love, just eat less

Sometimes you don’t want to maximize your calories, sometimes you want to have that high-calorie glass of delicious wine that goes perfectly with dinner. Good for you! But know there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Save the rich chocolate for special occasions and find something a little nicer to your calorie budget for the rest of the days.
Wine: A Tawny Port such as the Fonseca 20 Year Tawny Port. These super-sweet high-alcohol ports have the most calories, but their rich and intense flavors make them the perfect finish to any meal. Plus, they are typically served in two-ounce servings.
Chocolate: Port and chocolate are a perfect marriage of decadence and luxury. I recommend Cocoa Planet’s Deep Dark Truffle disc with Madagascar chocolate, sea salt, and olive oil.

 

 

 

 

 6. Walk yourself thin with shopping and parties

These ladies are constantly on the move from shopping in Franklin Lakes, running after their little ones, yoga, college tours, BBQ tours of Texas. This isn’t just burning calories, it’s avoiding boredom. And let’s be honest, boredom is a dangerous invitation to nonstop snacking and drinking. Always be moving. Always be doing something, going somewhere. You’ll burn off your indulgences and enjoy life for all it’s worth.
Wine: For such a natural activity, I’d recommend a natural wine like the 2013 Poco a Poco Russian River Pinot Noir (bonus: it has subtle hints of cocoa). There is such a thing as natural wines which can be studied here

 

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Chocolate: You’ll need a hearty bar with major chunks of nuts and spice to help improve your heart and provide a bit of fiber. My recommendation is the Bixby Mulligan bar chocked full of heart healthy walnuts, cinnamon and raisins.

 

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One more small tip, if you’re a white wine lover (like our gal Ramona across the state line), you can easily cut down on the calories you’re drinking by pouring half of your glass of wine over ice and filling it the rest of the way with club soda. Club soda has zero calories, so you can basically enjoy two wine cocktails for the same number of calories in one glass of wine.

Incorporate these six tips into your life and you’ll soon find you can enjoy your wine and chocolate and still look as glamorous as the housewives. You deserve to feel amazing, too, and they’ve laid out the groundwork you can follow in their footsteps. And paired with the recommendations given, you’ll see that these tips do not hinder your lifestyle one little bit. You should find it’s the complete opposite, actually! So drink up, grab a bite, and get on to your next adventure.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Top 3 Sweet Spots in Chelsea NYC

 

Top 3 Sweet Spots in Chelsea NYC

Leonidas Chocolate

Since 1910, Leonidas Chocolates of Belgium have been renowned for their fine quality and strong commitment to freshness.

And for the past, almost 30 years, we can find them right here in the Big Apple.

Butter Creams, Dark Chocolate Gianduja . . oh my!

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Fat Witch Bakery

Deep inside the Chelsea Market, you’ll find brownies, brownies and even more brownies inside the shop called Fat Witch Bakery.  This decadently evil Chelsea Market mystic casts its spell with an addictive variety of terrific chocolate brownies (and blondies too!) that pack a melt-in-your-mouth sugar high and make most yummy gifts.

Flavors include the Original Witch, Caramel Witch, Blondie Witch, Double Chocolate Witch and lots of other yummies.

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LA Burdick

Best known for its petite chocolate penguins and mice, the family-owned, New Hampshire–based brand debuted in New York  with a shop and café.  Yay for cafes! Assorted pastries, marzipan, dipped caramels and assorted truffles.

Larry’s pursuit of fine cuisine and chocolate began in the late 1970s, when a passion for all things French led him to Paris and, shortly thereafter, Switzerland. During a visit to Bern in the mid-1980s, Larry discovered in a confiserie the heady aroma of pure chocolate and hand-made delicacies that propelled him to launch the company bearing his name today. L.A. Burdick Chocolate was established in New York City in 1987, when Larry returned from Switzerland bearing a chocolate pot, guitars for cutting shapes, dipping forks and a plan to create true chocolate confections. Five years later, he and his family – his wife, Paula, and their two children – moved their thriving small business to Walpole, New Hampshire. At their new chocolate shop and tea room, Larry’s exquisite chocolate bonbons quickly garnered a devoted following. L.A. Burdick Chocolate has since continued to expand, with several tea rooms and chocolate shops, a French-style restaurant and small specialty grocery store.

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Pssssst . . . you may also want to check out the chocolate shops I visited in Brooklyn, Soho, the best ice cream shops NYC has to offer, the Upper East Side and of course the West Village

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11 Tempting Mug Cakes That Are Way Easy to Make

11 Tempting Mug Cakes That Are Way Easy to Make



 

Whenever I bake a whole cake for our house – I usually end up eating more than my fair share. Not because my husband doesn’t like it or want some. But when temptation is right there – staring you in the eye – I cannot resist another piece of cake. I’ll just work off the extra calories the next day – maybe.

Which is why I like these Mug Cakes.  Small portions.  When it’s gone, it’s gone.

 

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Recipe

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Easy Paleo Treat – Cake in a Mug

Recipe here

 

 

Hot Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

Recipe

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The 5 Minute Cake

Recipe here

 

 

Baby Food Jar Mug Cake Recipes

Recipe

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2 Minute Hot Chocolate Cake Recipe

Recipe here

 

How to make gingerbread mug cake

Recipe here

 

 

Diabetic Friendly Chocolate Mug

Recipe

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Chocolate Mug Pudding Cake

Recipe

chocolate mug cake

 

5 Minute Carrot Mug Cake

Recipe here

 

 

Red Velvet Cake for Two

Recipe

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”