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Celebrate Chocolate Chip Day

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Today is National Chocolate Chip Day, and we know you’ve been counting down the days on your calendar. In honour of everyone’s favourite treat, celebrate by baking a classic dessert with chocolate chips.

Research studies have proven that chocolate, consumed in moderation, may be good for the heart. One British study noted that after 11 years of consuming the sweet stuff, chocolate-eaters were 12% less likely to develop heart disease and 23% less likely to suffer a stroke compared to the bottom fifth of consumers.

Another English study noted that cocoa supplementation enhances visual performance. The results showed that when consumed, cocoa can improve reading legibility of low contrast letters and the detection of motion, indicating that there is perhaps an increase of blood flow to the retina and brain after intake.

Regardless of scientific data, almost all of us enjoy indulging our sweet tooth every now and then with this timeless treat. Here is a yummy recipe from Allrecipes to help you do just that!

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  4. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt.
  5. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts.
  6. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
  8. Transfer to a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Source: Dora from Allrecipes.