Mindful recipes invoke emotions, the senses, and possibly a few good memories. It has nothing to do with health. Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies do all of the good things with mindful eating. Childhood memories are built with them, joy spreads with them, and nothing smells better than a kitchen just after baking some fresh chocolate chip cookies. Basically, chocolate chip cookies are always a good idea and will never go out of style. Enjoy them with a glass of milk (or a dairy free milk if that’s your thang) and just enjoy the moment knowing that cookies exist and everything is right in the world.

And because August 4th was #nationalchocolatechipcookieday it’s the perfect time to enjoy these super tasty treats!

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soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies

As tends to happen when I am in the kitchen, I get inspired in the moment. Which is partially why I started my mindfulness practice into my cooking. Experimenting and listening to my intuition works out well…sometimes. Other times, it’s a complete disaster, but this time it paid off.

So I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to these bad boys to give them an additional layer of flavor. And boy, it was a good idea.

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes


3/4 cups of light brown sugar
3/4 cups of sugar
1 3/4 cups of flour
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp almond extract
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter (softened)
1 1/2 cups of 70% dark chocolate chips (or 1 1/2 cup of a chopped Trader Joe’s 70% dark chocolate bar)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter until it’s light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in the eggs one at a time and the vanilla + almond extract.
  3. Slowly add in the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and mix until well incorporated.
  4. Fold in the dark chocolate, form a nice big ball, and chill for about 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line your baking sheet with a silicone baking mat. Use a 1 inch cookie scoop and place your cookie dough balls about 1 inch apart from each other. To make your cookies look extra fancy, top each ball with a few extra chocolate chunks.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool completely and enjoy mindfully with the people you love most.

Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies are a great treat to have for hosting friends, giving away, or hoarding all for yourself. Cookies are always a great thing because they’re portable, delicious, and easily shareable. The nostalgia they bring for most of us brings us automatic joy. Plus, you just can’t have a bad day when you have fresh cookies.

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Food is a big part of life, so if you’re looking to make your life more intentional and mindful, beginning in the kitchen isn’t a bad way to start. The basics of mindful eating are pretty simple. Slow down, enjoy the food, engage the senses, and reject the diet mentality. There are no good or bad foods, simply foods to enjoy. So enjoy your salads because they’re nutrient packed and tasty but also enjoy your cookies because they make you happy.

If you’re looking for other recipes you can give as gifts and/or that hit that perfect sweet spot, check out some of my other recipes!

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