So here we are. The last few days of Ramadan. As some of you know, for the past 20 something days, Muslims all around the world have been taking part in daily fasts for the month of Ramadan, including this blogger. That means no eating or drinking (yes even water) from sunrise to sunset for 30 days, scheduled to end later on this week. To most it sounds crazy. No water? Even during the summer? For over 15 hours a day?? Hah. Yup.
The thing is, it actually hasn’t been that bad. I feel really blessed that the weather has been mild and I’ve had a filling meal available to me as soon as sunset rolls around. There are many (1 in 5 NYC children according to Food Bank of NY) who don’t have this option. Ramadan or not, Summer, Spring, raining, snowing or perfectly pleasant, they don’t have the option or luxury of choosing to fast. It’s the state of being they have to exist in. Knowing that, and reflecting on all that I have, I feel blessed. I feel blessed knowing that I have a safety net in the community that surrounds me.
The past few years, my husband and I have moved around a lot. From city to city, and country to country, it’s been a whirlwind of changes. But what I’ve realized is that no matter what, I’ve got a home base. Even outside of just our families, I’ve got friends to lean on. That sense of security dawned on me again a week ago when my friend Sana of ModHijabi.com threw an iftar pool party where we got a chance to hang out and break our fast together. It was just a bunch of friends laughing and joking, some of us now with kids, and I felt comfortable. Safe. I’ve known some of these women for over 14 years and they’ve seen me at my best and my worst. As I’ve grown older, I’ve also realized it’s not easy to make new friends or keep the ones you’ve got, so it makes me even more grateful for this crowd.
That’s sort of what this cookie is. Everyone looks for a cookie that is crispy at the edges, and can stay chewy for days on end. Something that is comforting and not at all complicated. Something that seems so incredibly simple, but is difficult to find. But when you find it… you hold on to it. Bookmark it, print it, and share it. Especially with that group of friends who make up your home.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used a mix of semisweet and dark Ghiradelli chips)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of your mixer, beat together your melted butter and sugars. Add in the egg, mix until combined, then the egg yolk, and mix until combined. Add in the vanilla and mix.
- Whisk together your flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add it to the sugar mixture and mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in the chopped chocolate.
- Line your baking sheets with parchment, and scoop out 2-tablespoon sized balls onto your sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until just lightly golden and set. They will look puffed and a little undercooked. It’s ok! They continue to cook just a little on the baking sheet. All to cool on the sheets for a few minutes before removing.
If you’d like, sprinkle some fleur de sal or sea salt on the cookie balls before baking. The salty / sweet combo is perfect in these cookies!