Sometimes a bird is so beautiful, I almost don’t know what to say. So I won’t say anything, and will just admire the perfection of this little bird’s feathers.
Another bird–a downy woodpecker, in mid peck.
. . . and a little sparrow.
The recipe below may be one of the most useful cookie recipes of all. For one thing, you only make one! For another thing, it’s buttery, crispy and delicious and makes a fun ending to almost any meal. It would be so perfect for a picnic. And, it can be made in a saucepan. Love that!
A Big Chocolate Chip Cookie
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a measuring cup, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
In a largish saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in granulated and brown sugars, vanilla and egg. Stir in flour mixture just until blended. Add chocolate chips and almonds.
Spoon batter onto center of prepared cookie sheet and spread with fingertips to an 8-inch round. Bake until golden brown, about 20 to 23 minutes. Devour!
Baking notes: You can use any amount of chocolate chips you want. When I was a kid, chocolate chips came in six ounce bags and my Mom used only half a bag. Made the chips go farther! So throwing in chips with gay abandon seems like the height of luxury to me, still. Also, for fun, you could make this with miniature chocolate kisses–giant chips for a giant cookie! And, it doesn’t hurt to get out a ruler and use it to measure the circle.
One last thing, this recipe can be stirred up with a wooden spoon. You could add the ingredients to a mason jar, and tie a new wooden spoon to the jar with some raffia, along with the recipe printed on a card. It would be a nice gift.
The recipe is from Good Housekeeping Favorite Recipes: Bake It! Everything I’ve made from this book has turned out beautifully, and it’s available on Amazon.com for one penny plus shipping.