Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preparation:

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Yields 18-30, depending on size


Ingredients:

-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

-1 tsp baking soda

-1/2 tsp salt

-1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp

-1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

-6 tbsp granulated sugar

-1 large egg

-1 tsp vanilla extract

-2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/177C and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray.

  2. In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together. In another large bowl, using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat together the butter and sugars for about 2 minutes, until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix on low speed until incorporated. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix in until just incorporated-do not overmix.

  3. Add chocolate chips and stir with a wooden spoon, again ensuring not to overmix (just incorporated). Chill the dough if it's warm. Using a small or large ice cream scoop or heaping teaspoon, scoop and drop balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, 6-8 per pan depending on the size.

  4. Bake the cookies until the bottoms and edges are lightly browned and the tops feel firm but still slightly soft when lightly touched.

*Small cookies: bake about 8-10 minutes

*Large cookies: bake about 10-13 minutes

5. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Enjoy!


Tips and tricks:

Butter tips: to avoid flat cookies: be sure your butter is room temperature (not melted or even softened), and try using cold/chilled dough if dough is warm: just refrigerator to chill before baking.


Flour/baking soda tips: Don't over-mix cookie batter especially after the flour is added and add it gradually. Make sure your baking soda is not expired.


Chocolate chip tips: If you're in chocoholic mode, go the full 2 1/4 cups chocolate chips as the recipe calls for. If you want to tone it down, just use a lesser amount.

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