Sweet temptations :: Springtime Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo property Jessica Gordon Ryan/The Entertaining House

I saw these fun Springtime colored chocolate chips, by Nestle, when I was strolling down the baking aisle the other day, and impulsive as I am, I grabbed a bag and tossed it into my cart. Something to do with the kids on a rainy day. Only it's not raining today and the kids aren't even here. I was back at the grocery store this morning getting stuff for dinner and for snacks and lunch boxes and as I was standing at the checkout line I knew I was forgetting something... but I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out what it was. I scanned the items I had placed on the checkout belt - chicken, shredded cheese, milk, yogurt, cereal, popcorn, kiwis, bread... Something was missing for sure. It wasn't until I got home and unpacked that I realized what it was. I forgot dessert for Alexander's lunch box! Feeling a bit too lazy to drag myself back out to the store, and a bit in the mood to bake, I remedied our lack of lunchbox sweets!

These cookies are crunchy and firm on the outside and soft, almost brownie-like on the inside.

2 cups of flour
1/2 cup plus 1 tbs cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick of butter, softened
3/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cups of brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
1 package Nestle morsels (springtime)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In your mixer beat together butter and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla and blend. Add salt, baking soda and cocoa powder, mix well. Add the flour one cup at a time, mixing well in between. Fold in chips. Note the dough will be crumby, almost like shortbread. Don't let this be a concern.
Bake for 10-11 minutes. Let cool about 5 minutes before serving.

Photo property Jessica Gordon Ryan/The Entertaining House

For a super treat, stick a cookie in the microwave for about 10 seconds for something truly decadent! For a super duper treat add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the heated cookie... Or surprise someone and sneak one into someone's lunch box for a guaranteed smile!