This recipe dresses up self control in a tri-color neon leotard, sticks it on a chair, and spins it around in circles. Out. Of. Control.
When sweetpea and I travel, we snicker at restaurants with self-proclaimed “best of” signs – Home of the World’s Best Pancake! Best Huevos Rancheros in Texas! Idaho’s Greatest Mashed Potatoes! We tend to shy away from the “Best Of’s” because neither of us have had the Best Ever experience at a Best Of place.
Nevertheless, my interest is usually piqued if you want me to give it to you straight. Curiosity always takes hold and if you tell me you’re the mecca of the dill pickle or your brisket is the bomb diggity. I’m likely going to want to try it despite my surly snicker and upturned nose.
There is a Best Of that my sweet tooth has intelligently avoided for months and it comes in the form of a newspaper recipe, not a Best Of brick and mortar restaurant. Lack-of-self-control Land is where my sweet tooth has lived for the past two months and has concurrently won every battle. I thus caved (nay, bowed) to the infamous and once intelligently avoided recipe with which I worked so hard to not make eye contact.
I feel sheepish when I say this…I cower with my tail between my legs and if I could make my font smaller to appear as though I’m whispering this to you, I would. It’s the much-revered Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever recipe from the New York Times. I’ve been aware of it…it shows its melty chocolatey face on pinterest at least weekly…I’ve avoided…it conquered. I shake my fist at you, NY Times, I certainly do. My once passive-aggressive relationship with this recipe is now a smitten obsession.
As I write this, a cookie in my belly, a cookie to my right, a cup of coffee to my left, I can certainly say these cookies have a magnetic pull. If you’re able to walk past the tupperware container in which these cookies are stored without so much as petting them or taking a whiff, my hats off to you because I wore my tri-colored leotard on the spinny chair of out-of-controledness the second this recipe materialized in my kitchen until the very last crumb had been consumed.
Despite the tour of my own inability to put the cookie down, what I really set out to talk to you about is lavender. Lavender in your highly addicting cookie. Lavender is a natural remedy for anxiety and stress, although when mixed with poisonous sugar, the calming effect may be a wash, who knows. I added lavender buds to the World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie and served it to about 15 different people. Some loved everything about it and some would have preferred the cookie sans lavender. I myself thought the earthy flavor was great for dressing up a classic treat and taking it out for a night on the town.
When your sweet tooth comes home to roost after a bon voyage summer vacation and the flood gates have all but opened…