Joanna’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

You didn’t think I could stay away from the Magnolia Table recipes for too long, did you? The book is sitting on top of the media storage furniture (technical terms) at the end of our kitchen counter (#apartmentlife) so it’s constantly begging for another recipe to be tried! We had a pretty low key 4th of July celebration that consisted of relaxing, watching movies and having our own little family cookout so I decided to bake some cookies, because what holiday doesn’t deserve cookies?


The 4th of July was also the last day of my vacation before heading back to work and reality! My brother got married in Hilton Head Island, SC on July 1st and it was the most beautiful wedding I’ve attended! I’ve also never seen a happier bride and groom; I might just frame one of their photos and hang it in our new house. The cutest!


We stayed at Sonesta Resort which is also where the wedding and reception was held that Sunday. If you ever have the opportunity to stay here I absolutely recommend it! It’s a beautiful resort! A few of my favorite things there were…

  • Fish Tacos from the poolside restaurant – because you always start off with food reviews and these blackened mahi fish tacos were life, so yum y’all!!
  • Nice pool with comfy chairs – a must for relaxing poolside reading
  • Free fruit infused water – another must for those summer months and bonus points for the fresh fruit in the cute beverage dispenser
  • Spacious and clean rooms – we had a king bed room which also included a little seating area/living room style space with a couch, ottoman and desk
  • Beautiful lagoon and beach – The lagoon has turtles swimming in it and I really wanted to catch the cutest baby turtle I’ve ever seen and take him home with us! Sadly I don’t have a photo of the cute baby, but I do have this guy on video…

And because everything has pros and cons, a few things that fell short at the resort were..

  • Price – the resort is a bit expensive and I can see the justification except our room had no view at all and even our wedding discount price was still high.
  • Pool Views – Because of the set up (which is heavily related to high dunes and digging rules) you can’t see the beach from the pool.

Hmm, that’s all I’ve got! So the moral of the story is if the opportunity to visit arises treat yourself and stay here!

Until then, you can absolutely treat yourself with these cookies! I can’t wait to unpack my kitchen aid stand mixer in our new house to make these again! I had to go the old fashioned route and use my hand mixer this time (#apartmentlifeagain) and it reminded me how much the stand mixer spoils us! The cookies were totally worth the little bit of extra effort though!


One word of caution: the recipe instructions say to add the dough to the baking sheet in heaping spoonfuls. It’s easy to get carried away by these words. My first batch in the oven were too big so they required more cooking time and then I slightly over baked them! I did a heaping tablespoon for those first dozen and had to scale it back for the rest! A good indicator of home baked cookies is a variety of cookie sizes 🙂

I’m considering trying the lemon pie next from the desserts category, because it’s just so fitting for the summertime! Anyone else have the Magnolia Table cookbook and have suggestions based on what you’ve made? Please share!

Joanna's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chunky, beautiful and delicious cookies!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 20


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl (or in the bowl of your stand mixer) beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs and beat until blended. Add vanilla extract and beat again until blended.

  4. Add the flour mixture to the blow and mix in dough with spatula (to avoid flour from blowing around from the mixer). Mix on medium until flour is mixed in more and then turn mixer to high speed for a few seconds to pull the dough together. It will be chunky.

  5. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop dough by the spoonful on the lined baking sheet; do not flatten. Bake until lightly browned, 10 - 11 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

  6. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days.

have a beautiful day!

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