31 responses

  1. Vivian
    April 18, 2009

    Julie, luv, give yourself a break. YOU are the same effervescent, joyous, inventive, loving human being… whatever body you currently occupy. We love who YOU ARE, not your shape or weight. So many of us have that lesson to learn.

  2. Carolyn
    April 19, 2009

    Hey Julie – Did you see the email I sent you last week on the very topic of refrigerating the cookie dough? This is the very best chocolate chip cookie recipe!

  3. pauline
    April 19, 2009

    Julie, Vivian just said it all. So many of us are with you on this weight issue thing. I would love to be a lot lighter, but oh the pain to get there. Wonderful as it would be. You know what I just know the fat would come back, and then again I would beat myself up. Not that I don’t do it now . I love food, I love a glass of wine. I love to cook and eat out. Moderation is the key if I could just learn to have a cookie not 6 in a day. One small piece of cake not a big hunk and one more a little later because it was so good. Nuf said . I think you are fabulous Julie.

  4. glenda
    April 19, 2009

    Tomorrow is New Years day for me…back on the healthy wagon after a few weeks hiatus – for no good reason!
    And maybe my focus should be healthy….and not diet.
    Here we go!

  5. Kathy
    April 19, 2009

    Julie, I sure appreciate your honesty. I can relate. I have struggled with weight since I hit adolescence. I too think about my weight probably every day. I too wish I didn’t. [My habit of looking at myself in mirror sighing, beats self up–can’t be too good for my self-esteem- ya think?]

    Why do we, as in the collective we as women, do that d’ya think?

    Hang in there Julie. I finally watched a bit of It’s Just Food last Sunday afternoon on City–You look great!

  6. supersu
    April 19, 2009


    i hear ya….eventually we will all get there!

    thanks for your honesty-makes me feel a LOT better knowing i am not the only one.

    enjoy your cookies…

    <3 <3 love love love your blog <3 <3
    thank you so much

  7. thepinkpeppercorn
    April 19, 2009

    You are so open and honest. Good for you, on your ability to articulate all of that!! Sometimes I notice that when I obsess, the scale increases…. I do find that when I eat foods with fat (vs. little or none) I eat a lot less.

    BUT I’m all for trying these cookies, a cup of butter has always seemed at least a tad excessive!! I like to add a tablespoon of cornstarch, and have found that keeps the cookies soft too, thanks for the corn syrup tip – you always have tips I haven’t heard of before – LOVE it.

  8. Rachel
    April 19, 2009

    It occupies a large portion of my brain too, and I think it always will, even when I’m finally satisfied with the amount of weight loss (which hasn’t been significant yet). I have a lot of friends who can eat whatever they want, whenever they want, and they don’t have to exercise at all (I’m 19, so this isn’t too surprising). I’m just not one of those people…anyway, I guess I’m trying to say that I find it helpful to hear about your successes/struggles, and wish you all the best!

    I tried these cookies last summer following Leite’s recipe exactly, and they were fantastic, so I am reluctant to change it up, as I don’t make them very often at all. But I think I’ll give your adaptation a shot.

  9. Cheryl
    April 19, 2009

    This is a perfect post for us today. While I love baking with The Monster, the overload of cookies is getting to me. My freezer is filled with bags and bags of cookies. I put them there so I don’t eat them. We’ll be trying those for sure, the butter is already on the counter since she’s been bugging me all morning to bake.

  10. Steph
    April 19, 2009

    For a lower in fat cookie, those look great! I’m glad it’s an actual lower fat version and not just a scaled down version that some people like to call ‘low fat’.. haha.

  11. Erin M.
    April 19, 2009

    Mmmm…those look delicious. I will definitely give those a shot next time my little guy wants cookies. The white chocolate version sounds to die for too! Hope they turn out like you hoped. I agree with the other ladies, dont beat yourself up, you look great. If I spent as much time around delicious foods as you do I think I’d weight 500 pounds lol. Every little bit of effort counts even if we fall back into old bad habits everyone once in awhile I find the amount of time off the wagon decreases everytime.

  12. gail
    April 19, 2009

    Julie, you might want to take a look at Cook’s Illustrated. They have all the science about the different sugars that make a cookie chewy (which I’m sure you know already) along with a concern about the amount of butter in the original recipe so they have a go in this month’s issue at this very recipe — the one that refrigerates the dough for 36 hours. He found out a much faster way of doing it. I made the cookies and it’s the world’s EASIEST recipe — easier than any cookie recipe I’ve ever made — and it certainly made a good cookie. (Though I confess, like Eric Peterson the actor, I much prefer oatmeal cookies with coconut and chocolate chips). I thought of writing you at the time — I guess we were both channelling the same thoughts about chocolate chip cookies cause yes *I* had a yen for them too, fulfilled by the Cooks Illustrated version.

  13. Cheryl T.
    April 19, 2009

    These sound DELISH — I’m definitely trying them. And, from looking at your pictures, you definitely do not need to worry about weight!

  14. Avery
    April 19, 2009

    Dude… I JUST made chocolate chip cookies yesterday. Not the low fat-kind, either (the recipe was on the back of the President’s Choice chocolate chip bag). Funny, usually I resort to your choco-chip cookie bar recipe, but this time I wanted a real cookie. They’re great, but its true… it just makes you want to eat the whole sheet!!

  15. Manon from Ontario
    April 19, 2009

    Julie, what is Roger’s Golden Syrup? Gees, you must think I’m such a virgin when it comes to cooking!
    Hey thanks for the “plug”, and I’m really glad you enjoy my products, I love sharing our sweat stuff :)
    This weekend we worked at cleaning the sugar shack. Then we began working on our apple orchard, cleaning the “apple shed” and picking up the branches we trimmed off our 500 fruit trees, and our other trees on our 10 acres area around our home.
    So you will understand that I haven’t been cooking much, except for making diner, and haven’t been on my weigh loss plan in a good three months.
    I’m glad that I’m working alot outside, walking, burning branches, and next weekend we plan to clean the pipeline, so lots and lots of walking, bending, and lifting legs….good good good for my butt!

    I love hearing about your weigh loss journey…I’d love to be at 204…but I’d be dreaming, I’m still too far from 199 to think about it for now.


  16. Manon from Ontario
    April 19, 2009

    oops, I meant sweet stuff 😉

  17. Jenn
    April 19, 2009

    Hey Julie!

    Totally agree with Vivan^^ I think it shouldn’t be about weight or body shape, necessarily, as you so pointed out numerous times, its all about eating healthy!! Keep it up, and I LOVE your cookies!!

  18. JulieVR
    April 20, 2009

    Carolyn – no.. I don’t think so? Did you send it to onesmartcook[at]hotmail.com?

  19. pauline
    April 20, 2009

    Julie! doing the the happy dance print post is working. Yes. Cookies look so good.

  20. Nancy
    April 21, 2009

    I love reading and using your recipes, but have to blink and look away quick at some of them since I rejoined WW in Feb. We are about the exact same size/shape but I’ve already lost 15 lbs. without killing myself (still enjoy my weigh in day wine!!!) so if you do feel like getting back to it, it really is worth it! You have to be mentally ready though, as you know. I have little ones too, so the challenge of not eating the grilled cheese crusts and plate leftovers is hard, but doable!

    Didn’t mean this to be a sermon, just support if and when you are ready to get back on the wagon!

    I adore you and your Grazing book and have started a fan club with my friends – we take turns getting it out of the library, waiting for the new one to be printed!!!

  21. JulieVR
    April 22, 2009

    Thanks – you’re so right! I’m still down 15 lbs from Christmas, so that’s something. (It was 20, but you know..) I did lose 165 pounds about 8 years ago- and you’re right, you just have to just do it, and it’s so worth it! Gotta shed this chubby cocoon! Thanks for the support!

  22. chocolate
    August 7, 2010

    hellooo…I jus baked a batch of chewy chocolate chip cookies…but there’s a problem wif it..=(
    Firstly,the cookie look so brown..???isit bcuz i added to much granulated sugar to it and thus it causes it to brown so badly???
    Secondly,the middle of the cookie seems so soft…???isit bcuz its not cooked yet???

  23. JC
    January 8, 2011

    I’ve tried 5 different chocolate chip recipes in the past few months, and this one nailed it! Thank you thank you for this wonderful recipe.

  24. Sandra Molendyk
    March 16, 2011

    Hi, I tried making your cookies today, except I substituted a lot. It turned out pretty good.
    For instance, I only had 1/8 of butter, so I also used 1/8 c olive oil. I used 1c non packed brown sugar. I added cinnamon, cardamon, ginger. I also tried to use 1 cup of whole wheat and 1 cup of presoaked (24 hours) rye flakes. However, because of the extra moisture from the olive oil and the wet rye flakes, I had to actually use 2 cups – 2.5 cups of whole wheat flower. I also added 1 cup of soaked pecans and 1 cup of mixed (seeds, cashews, raisins and almonds) with bran noodle type cereal and aspen cereal.

    So all in all, your recipe helped me to make a good low fat, high fiber, nutrient rich cookie. With half the amount of sugar and half the amount of fat, but of course also extra fat from organic nuts and seeds.

    Next time, I would probably cook the nuts and rye flakes up a bit to crisp them before adding to mixture, so it is more crunchy and less cake like.

    Thanks so much for your recipe, it was the best one I found for an active person not wanting butter or sugar.

  25. eprairiegrrl
    June 7, 2011

    It may be wrong but I just added bacon to these cookies…figured maybe it would make them not quite as bad as the full on bacon cookie recipes I’ve seen. Only problem is that now I’m wondering if they could become cookie dough truffles too lol!

  26. Wei-Wei
    August 7, 2011

    I’ve made these cookies millions of times with M&Ms and they are always the first thing to disappear at a bake sale. Best cooke recipe… ever.

  27. ALS
    January 14, 2013

    Possibly THE best cookie recipe ever!!!!

Leave a Reply




Back to top
mobile desktop