The Cure For Sadness

Sometimes, life is a little stressful or even just downright unpleasant. You could have a perfectly sensible reason for feeling grumpy like a break-up, an insect infestation, or a temperamental internet connection. The reason could be also be silly (but understandable) like disagreeable weather or having bills. Whatever the reason, sometimes traditional coping mechanisms of throwing spoons or meditating just won’t quite cut it. If you just need to cut the crap and get the cure for sadness, you’ve come to the right place.


(In case you somehow didn’t know, the cure for sadness is chocolate chip cookies)


1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cornstarch

1 large egg

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup chocolate chips

In a large bowl, beat butter using either an electric mixer or a pastry cutter (I prefer the pastry cutter) until smooth and creamy. Add brown sugar, egg, and vanilla.  In a separate medium size bowl, mix all other ingredients except for chocolate chips. Gradually add the dry ingredients from the medium sized bowl into the wet ingredients in the large bowl until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Eat as much of the cookie dough as desired while watching trash TV (or Parks and Rec because it’s impossible to feel sad while eating cookie dough and watching Parks and Rec).

Chill remaining cookie dough for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 350F. Spoon cookie dough onto a baking sheet in approximately golfball sized scoops. Bake 5-8 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.  Share with your co-workers if they’re nice and you’re feeling generous. Otherwise, eat them all with your face and apologize for nothing.