Sweet and Salty Feelings

We're not always going to have a good story to tell. Sometimes a recipe is just a recipe.

We're not always going to be happy.

But that's what life is about: ups and downs.

You have to experience the downs to appreciate the ups.

Sometimes life doesn't go as planned. You hit a bump in the road. Sometimes your hopes get crushed. And sometimes, people will disappoint you.

Contrastingly, sometimes life does go as planned. And sometimes your expectations are exceeded, and you find people you can depend on. 

We wouldn't be able to fully appreciate when those nice things happen unless we experienced disappointments as well.

Which is one of life's biggest lessons, one I find myself learning over and over again..

You have to experience the salty to enjoy the sweet.

That's why we all love sweet and salty things, isn't it?

It is.

One thing we can always count on: Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Let's get on with it!

Sweet and Salty Feelings - Sprinkled With Jules

A few key ingredients that foreshadow something savory is coming...

Sweet and Salty Feelings - Sprinkled With Jules

The butter and sugars are creamed for 5, yes 5, minutes.

The eggs are mixed in.

Sweet and Salty Feelings - Sprinkled With Jules

Then comes the vanilla. Oh that vanilla. 

That sweet vanilla aroma that is ever so comforting.

Sweet and Salty Feelings - Sprinkled With Jules

Flour/baking soda/salt mixture is slowly incorporated.

Sweet and Salty Feelings - Sprinkled With Jules

Then in go the chocolate chips! Piled high please!

The cookie dough is refrigerated for at least an hour.

Sweet and Salty Feelings - Sprinkled With Jules
Sweet and Salty Feelings - Sprinkled With Jules

Dough balls are made 1 tablespoon-ful, and sprinkled with sea salt.

Sweet and Salty Feelings - Sprinkled With Jules

Baked to perfection.

Sweet and Salty Feelings - Sprinkled With Jules

Glass of milk mandatory.

Sweet and Salty Feelings - Sprinkled With Jules

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt:

2 cups all purpose flour + 1/4 cup bread flour {or 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour}

1 tea. baking soda

1/2 tea. salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 tea. vanilla

2 eggs

2 cups chocolate chips

sea salt for sprinkling the dough balls

Directions:

Cream the butter and sugars together for 5 minutes. Then add the eggs in, and beat until well incorporated. Mix in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt. Slowly mix into the batter. Once the flour mixture is fully mixed in, fold in the chocolate chips.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Roll into balls about 1 Tablespoon each. Place on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before removing. Enjoy with a glass of milk.