Good Tidings of Comfort & Joy

Posted on: December 22, 2022

The carols we sing at Christmas time, like “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen,” are centuries old, and remind us of a long past simpler life. Not that life was easy in the 1600’s, but simpler. Everyone lived in a “bubble” back then. There was little long-distance visiting or even news of those far away. The only troubles one knew about were those of fellow villagers. Was it a better life? Some could argue it was, while others would certainly note a multitude of reasons why mankind is far more fortunate in present days.

At the very least, today we have the option to turn off the tech, take a walk in the snow with a warm jacket on, and sip a hot chocolate in a candlelit room. Juxtaposing that scenario with the reality of the expectations we put on ourselves and the semi-controlled chaos that many of us abide on the daily, we present to you a very simple chocolate chip cookie recipe from ihearteating.com that you can whip up in a hurry.


The Simple Chocolate Cookie


  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Microwave the butter for about 40 seconds. Butter should be completely melted but shouldn’t be hot.
  • In a large bowl, mix butter with the sugars until well-combined.
  • Stir in vanilla and egg until incorporated.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Please read the recipe note about properly measuring flour.
  • Mix dough until just combined. Dough should be soft and a little sticky but not overly sticky.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Scoop out 1.5 tablespoons of dough (medium cookie scoop) and place 2 inches apart on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until cookies are set. They will be puffy and still look a little underbaked in the middle.

From all of us here, we wish you comfort, joy, and a sense of peace, throughout this holiday season.

Merry Christmas!