April 15, 2012

Cookies for a Sunday Afternoon

Let's say you've spent your Sunday having coffee with your favorite person and doing little chores around the house. Laundry, a couple of errands, maybe some grocery shopping. And let's go ahead and say it's a cool, cloudy day that's threatening to bless the thirsty earth with rain (maybe).

It's a lazy day, a lovely day. Your husband puts up a game in the front yard consisting of a deck screw, some twine, and a metal ring. The neighbors stop by to watch you swing the ring on a string toward the screw in the tree. It looks simple, but you soon find that the goal of landing the ring on the screw is so elusive that you'll do a happy dance should you make it happen.

Your friends and neighbors stop by to play this new game, a favorite drinking game that you've decided to call Single Ladies (as in, "If you like it then you better put a ring on it.). Your dog sits out in the front yard, too, entranced. Everyone is so very happy. This is the kind of day that demands chocolate chip cookies. So you make them.

And when you do, you make these. Whole wheat chocolate chip cookies sprinkled with flaky sea salt. You eat them straight out of the oven, and they're huge—because you've used your ice cream scoop to measure them out on the baking sheet—and you and everyone else who has one is in love. You pour a glass of milk and settle in. Just one more cookie never hurt anyone.

This recipe comes from Kim Boyce's book Good to the Grain, which I just ordered on Amazon. I found this recipe available online over at Food In Jars, where you can read it too.

Happy baking, friends!