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One of my favorite things to do on my free time is baking. I have always liked to cook and bake foods, and the pandemic allowed my mom and I to try new recipes that I love sharing with my friends here at USC. One of my most simple recipes that all my friends love is my chocolate chip cookies, so why not share it with all of you! The recipe is as follows:

Dry ingredients –

  • 2.25 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Wet ingredients –

  • 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups softened unsalted butter (if browning butter, use 1 cup – will need some milk to add back some moisture to dough)
  • 1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips + 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (+ 1/2 cup walnuts or M&Ms if desired)

Steps –

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Combine dry ingredients and mix
  3. Combine sugars and butter and mix
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract to the sugar and butter mix
  5. Slowly add in all the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient mixture
  6. Add the chocolate chips and nuts
  7. Scoop into hands and roll cookies dough into balls then place them on cookie sheet (can store balls of dough in fridge for 24 hours to enhance flavor)
  8. Bake for 9-12 minutes
  9. Cool and enjoy!
Kaleigh Ray

MAJOR: Astronautical Engineering YEAR: Class of 2025 HOMETOWN: Bakersfield, California PRONOUNS: she/her/hers INSTA: @k.rayray03 Short Bio - I have been involved in research at the Space Engineering Research Center (SERC) as well as a member of USC’s Rocket Propulsion Lab. At SERC, I worked on developing a docking system for cubesats with project CLING and am currently work on project MAVERIC, designing the power system of a 3U cubesat. In RPL, I am on the composites team and design team. Outside of Viterbi, I have interned at Astrolab where I was a Structures and Mechanisms Engineering intern and helped with lunar mission development and payload prototyping. I also like doing intramurals and photography on my free time!

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