Basic, Great Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

choclate chip cookies

There is nothing better than warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven. As kids, we couldn’t wait until they were cool enough to eat and usually burned our fingers trying to eat them as soon as possible. You can easily find refrigerated cookie dough or a box mix for decent chocolate chip cookies, but here is a basic, great chocolate chip cookies recipe where you can whip up delicious homemade cookies with ease! Homemade makes all the difference when these delicious cookies come out of the oven and the scent permeates that entire house. The kids (and adults) will come running!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour / all-purpose
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter (not margarine)
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar / packed
  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 eggs / large
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Dry ingredients: Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and whisk to mix well. Do not pack your flour. Spoon the flour into a measuring cup and level the top with a straight edge.
  • Set aside dry ingredients.
  • In a mixing bowl, blend the two sugars and the butter with a hand mixer until they are creamy. Make sure the butter is at room temperature to get a smooth mixture, and use the low to medium setting on a hand mixer.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and incorporate well.
  • Add the vanilla extract and blend.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients and blend until just moistened by the wet mixture.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.

Baking:

  • Prepare a large cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper or using a light non-stick spray.
  • Make sure your hands are clean or wear food safe gloves.
  • Keeping your hands or gloves slightly damp, spoon about a tablespoon of the cookie mixture into the palm of your hand and shape into a ball.
  • Place the balls of batter on the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Place on the middle rack in a pre-heated 375 degree oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • If you want chewy cookies, check the cookies at 11 or 12 minutes. For crisper cookies, bake them the entire 15 minutes. The longer you bake the cookies, the more firm they will be.
  • You will have to do two rounds of baking or use two large cookie sheets.
  • If you use two sheets, rotate from top to bottom racks half way through cooking time.

This basic, great chocolate chip cookies recipe will make about 30 cookies. Allow them to cool for about five minutes and then transfer them to a plate or rack to finish cooling. They should be completely cool in about an hour (if you can keep hungry hands away from them for that long). These cookies can be frozen in an air tight container for up to eight weeks.

Reference website: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/simple-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

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