Remember being a kid? All you needed to be happy was a gooey grilled cheese sandwich with the crusts cut off. Though life may be more complex now, thanks to things like jobs and taxes and car payments, a good grilled cheese (with the crusts on, since we’re all adults now) can still brighten up the day.
With that in mind, here are 13 recipes inspired by everyone’s favorite childhood foods. Try one tonight for a quick hit of happiness—and, for some bonus smiles, watch Jacques Pépin talk about the best ways to make people happy.
1. Milk-Chocolate-Chip Cookies
These crunchy, chewy cookies are loaded with milk-chocolate chips instead of the usual semisweet kind. For best nostalgic results, enjoy with a glass of milk.