So the missus is on some magazine mailing list and gets all kinds of oddly matched magazines mailed to her out of the blue. They usually just get tossed, but once in awhile I leaf through one or two just for shits n' giggles, and tonight it paid off. COOKIES! CHOCO-CHIP-PRETZEL-WALNUT COOKIES!

Yeah, I know, not bread. So consider this PROJECT COOKIEWAY for the night.

Recipe (makes 3 dozen biggish cookies):

2 sticks unsalted buttah, room temp
1 egg from a chicken
1 t. vaniller extract
1 cup white sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar (I used dark, you can use light)
1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
A shitload of chocolate chips (one bag)
A snack-sized bag and a half of crunched-up Rold Gold pretzels
A handful of crushed walnut parts

So you preheat the oven to 350. Mix the butter, egg, vanilla and sugars together until creamy, then stir in the flour, baking soda, powder & salt. It'll be pretty stiff at this point, so lean in.

Then toss in the chips and pretzels and walnuts and stir hard. Once mixed, scoop up golfball-sized blobs and bake on greased cookie sheet for 9-10 minutes.

You really want them a little underbaked—the mistake I made on the first batch was to bake for about 9 minutes, then take them out and try and spatula them off the sheet. No go, they weren't set and just fell apart, so I panicked and stuck them back in for another three minutes, and they passed that glorious soft melty stage. What you need to do, it turns out, is to bake them for that time, but then let them sit and cool and set on the sheet for about ten minutes, when they'll be cohesive enough to be moved to a cooling rack. So no rushing!

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So yeah, it's a really basic recipe, the kind you might find on the back of the chocolate-chip packet. But it works, and the addition of pretzels is a nice touch, adding a little salty-textural element that raises the interest level. Other things would surely work as well: dried fruit, red hots, whatever. But a classic cookie, easily made.

Oh, and the source? Cosmopolitan, November 2014. Thanks, Cosmo. I started reading REAL SEX CONFESSIONS ironically, but you grabbed me with the cookie pics. If I could find a decent cookie recipe or two on the Jez mainpage, I might go back more.