If I could have only one food with me while marooned on a desert island, an increasingly attractive option as the Era of the Cheeto administration drags on, that food would be chocolate chip cookies. I never, ever get tired of them, though overly dry versions do make me wary.
This innate love of the chocolate chip cookie also led me to eventually recognize my greatest love. When my then-boyfriend told me he was from Whitman, Massachusetts, where the Toll House chocolate chip cookie was created, I knew he was The One.
As a result, they are my default cookie, my comfort cookie, and what I bake more often than not when I offer (or are requested) to bring cookies.
But 2018 is all about getting out of that comfort zone and for me this translates into venturing beyond the realm of the plain chocolate chip by learning the history and origins of other types of cookies and trying my hand at making them myself. Taking a hint from Heinz, I'm going for 57 different varieties. Stay tuned.