Ask Winter – Advice Column

Dear Winter,

What is the recipe for the best chocolate chip cookie? I have to make a dessert for Thanksgiving and was thinking cookies!

Dear Hungry,
There is a special one in my family that I would love to share with you!

1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter at room temperature
¾ cup of brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
¼ tsp salt, or large pinch (optional)
1¼ cup flour being careful not to pack down when measuring
1 cup chocolate chips (any kind your prefer)

First, preheat oven to 350ºF.In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until completely combined and fluffy. This will take some time. Add the egg and vanilla to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until smooth. Stir in the flour, salt, and chocolate chips just until mixed. Be careful not to mix for a long time after adding the flour, it will create cookies that are too tough or cakey. Scoop into mounds about 2 TBSP each onto ungreased cookie sheets. Try not to put more than 9 cookies per sheet. Bake at 350ºF until just set on the edges and middle still looks a little bit undercooked. About 8-12 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing. Cookies will continue to cook on the sheets for a few minutes.

Hope this helps 🙂





Hi Winter,

I keep spending money sporadically, then having to borrow money for things I actually need. Having a credit card doesn’t help either! How do I get out of this cycle?

Dear Spender,

This will always be a struggle for so many of us. The fact that we can obtain what we want by spending money is an empowering feeling. However, it is important to make sure that it doesn’t become uncontrollable. Try making yourself a written budget for the things you spend your money on most every month (try starting with clothes, friends, and food). Then, categorize those items into what you need to have and what you simply want to have. Doing this is an easy way of making you stop and think about everything you spend your money on.

Hope this helps 🙂


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