The weather here is windy and raining. Driving home I decided to whip up a quick batch of chocolate chip cookies for my girls. Nothing says comfort food like the smell of fresh cookies from the oven after school … and well, the taste of chocolate chip cookie dough! These are my go to recipe from The Complete Canadian Living Cookbook, Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies. The review of that cookbook is for another day. I also wanted to share a couple of my favorite tools for baking. When it comes to cookies, you must have ice cream scoops. For cookies I use a smaller one which is approximately 4cm or 1 5/8″ and then a larger one for muffins, 6cm or 2 3/8″. A large offset spatula is also the best tool for lifting the cookies off the cookie sheet onto the cooling rack. I have two offset spatulas in my pantry plus two other metal spatulas. You do not need a lot of gadgets in your baking pantry but you do often need a couple of sizes of your favorite tools. I’m looking forward to curling up in front of a fire tonight with my book, a hot cup of tea and a couple of these cookies.