Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet

(ROCKWALL, TX – June 25, 2020)  Warm chocolate chip cookies bring a certain sense of peace to the soul. A certain sense of calm and comfort. A sense of HOME. Food can do that, you know? It can relax the mind and help you to feel more at ease.

These past few months have been intense. I think that’s probably the best word to use. So many changes in the world. Everything is different. The way we venture out into public, the way we interact with others, the way we see a world that we thought we understood for so many years. As we all settle into this time in history, settle into the unsettled…we are forced to be more intentional…more aware. More aware of how close we are to others. More aware of remarks we may have let slide in the past. More aware of our part in every bit of it.

With all of this, home really has become our refuge. Our safe place. The place we can let our shoulders down, hang our head and on the heavier days, maybe even let a tear fall. Like I said earlier, this is history. This time in our lives will be written in the history books. The world is changing. And with that, it is growing. I have a question for you. It’s a tough one. But it needs to be asked. What side of history will you be on? Will you be proud to tell your grandkids what you did during this time?

I’m not going to give you my opinion of what I think you should be doing. I’m not even going to tell you what I am doing. I just want you to think on that question… what side of history will you be on?

Now that I have given you a little homework…I want to give you one of my favorite recipes to help while pondering those words. I have loved this recipe for years. It’s my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. Not until the quarantine did I decide to make it in a skillet. Maybe because I missed restaurants so much. Things you would normally order as an indulgence but never make at home.

The first night I made this we all went a little bonkers with excitement. The skillet is so easy and so, so good. I keep a tub of this dough in my refrigerator at all times and bake these skillets for a quick and easy dessert during week. It’s also great to have the dough on hand to make a few cookies every now and then. Dough will keep in refrigerator for up to two weeks and freezer for up to two months.

By Melissa Tate of Rockwall, as published in Blue Ribbon News June/July 2020 print edition.

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