Baking at home is a form of self-expression, and creative expression has significant ties to mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so today’s recipe is good for the soul and good for the mood! Sometimes a plate of fresh baked cookies is just what our bodies need. Here we created chocolate chip cookies a few different ways, to have a little fun and utilize creative expression. You’re invited to use and customize this recipe to create your perfect chocolate chip cookie. Here’s how!

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Ingredients

Chocolate chip cookie base:

½ cup sugar

large egg

½ tsp vanilla

1 stick butter

½ tsp salt

½ tsp baking soda

1 cup flour

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.     Cream together the first four ingredients in a medium bowl (sugar, egg, vanilla, butter).

3.     Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl (salt, baking soda, flour).

4.     Combine wet and dry ingredients fully.

5.     Fold in chocolate chips.

6.     Roll dough into balls (about 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter) and place on greased cookie sheet.

7. Bake cookies at 350 for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom.

How to Customize

1.     Flour: More flour will yield a rounder, fluffy cookie. Less flour would yield a flatter cookie appearance.

2.     Sugar: brown sugar will darken the color of the cookie and give a deeper sweet taste, granulated sugar gives a lighter cookie color, and the dough tastes more like a sugar cookie. Our recommendation is to combine ¼ cup brown sugar and ¼ cup granulated sugar.

3.     Butter/fat: melted butter tends to give crispier edges.

4. BONUS: healthy swaps! Swap 1 stick butter for 4 tbsp. of ripe avocado. Swap 1/2 of the sugar for ¼ cup mashed banana.

By Ashley Haluck MS, RD, LDN

This information is intended for general advice and may not be applicable to everyone. Please speak to your on-site Registered Dietitian if you have specific questions or to find out what is best for your individual needs.

Sources:

Thomson, J. R., & Thomson, J. R. (2017, July 25). Psychologists Explain Why It Feels So Good To Bake For Other People. Retrieved from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/baking-for-others-psychology_n_58dd0b85e4b0e6ac7092aaf8?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAGYxNrfaBpnweRCrFu5VAOdFTUZrJsoIRHHuyWrqD2jpig9cq_cf5b2BV60kkXPGx6nfzhE-LVFveKFLZnZv1uDOf0poIUvHEz8Xdr0E-vfS7_nvwt2_N0ArP64iLXRBskyJ7M2ra-qS_3wiMP1O4wVdje1j6Oy0hYdY7aNp4Sur