I have been in search of the perfect cookie recipe for a while. But, up until yesterday, I still hadn't found what I was looking for. (And if that made you think of U2, here's a great version featuring U2 + a gospel choir.)
So, what was I looking for in the Perfect Cookie?
1. Signature element. I wanted a cookie that was somewhat unique. One that I can bring to a potluck and there aren't going to be a million of them. One that entices my kids' friends to come to our house. One that stirs up warm, cozy feelings. This one has an ingredient that makes them particularly unique. Orange zest. Stick with me on this.
2. Chocolate. 'Nuff said.
3. Chewy. I know some people love fluffy cookies. But not me. I like them kind of chewy and flat. This also means that they are portable. They're not going to break into a million crumbs. I love this.
4. Easy. Now, I know this isn't a huge deal for many of you, but I really love that this recipe doesn't require a mixer. You barely melt the butter in a pot, mix in the ingredients, and then drop it by big spoonfuls on a cookie sheet. If you're struggling a bit with the orange zest, I can sympathize. I used to totally avoid any recipe that asked for anything zested. But then I bought a zester, and all is well. Buy a zester. It opens up a world of zestful recipes. Seriously.