For the past few weeks I’ve been on a quest to perfect my chocolate chip cookie recipe, and Peter and Kitty have been my steadfast passengers on the journey. Kitty prefers a flat, lacy kind of chocolate chip cookie, while Peter likes his chewy. My perfect cookie is a combination of the two. Crunchy but soft. Light brown, not pale in color or flavor. A little height but not puffy. That’s the cookie I’ve been searching for. – Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
It’s Lara Jean’s senior year, and she is having the best year. Things couldn’t be going better with her boyfriend, Peter Kavinsky, and she still has so much to look forward to before she leaves for college: the senior trip to New York, Beach week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. She thinks she has it all planned out, she’s just waiting for her acceptance letter from UVA (her dream school, where Peter has already been accepted early admission with a Lacrosse scholarship). And while she waits and stresses about her future, she likes to bake.
Like Lara Jean, I too am a stress baker. When I have other things I should be doing and worrying about, I bake something. Unlike Lara Jean though, I haven’t been trying different chocolate chip cookie recipes for weeks on end, because I already have the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe!
Now, Lara Jean’s perfect cookies use muscovado sugar and chocolate fèves (Spoiler alert, she perfects them on page 219!)… I don’t have the money to spend on fancy sugar and chocolate, so I just used dark brown sugar and chocolate chips! But trust me on this one, you don’t need to buy the fancy stuff to make delicious cookies.
And like the perfect cookies, the perfect books also should have the right mix of ingredients and textures. A little bit of crunchy drama, some chewy angst, and of course, the soft, sweet, romantic middle! And for me, one of the hallmarks of the perfect cookie and the perfect book is that they both leave you satisfied, but wanting more at the same time. Always and Forever, Lara Jean definitely hits that mark. It is the perfect ending to the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. The ending is satisfying, and yet I still would love to read more of Lara Jean’s story! Unfortunately, Jenny Han said that for real this time, this is the last book about Lara Jean that she’s going to write. Ah well, I guess I’ll just have to make more of these delicious cookies to fill the void!
I had the pleasure of meeting Jenny Han tonight at a book signing, and I was able to give her a dozen of these delicious cookies. I hope she enjoys them as much as I do!
Lara Jean's Perfect Chocolate Chip CookiesPrint This
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (4 ounces or 114 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 375°F.
- Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until creamy.
- Add egg to butter/sugar mixture; beat well.
- Gradually add flour mixture, stirring well. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely… or eat them warm!