Just a basic Chocolate Chip Cookie
When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, I like mine pretty basic. I don’t want any walnuts added to it, and I don’t need any gourmet recipes. I use a very basic chocolate chip recipe and I think the simplicity of them is what makes them so good. They are soft and chewy. There are lots of chocolate chips. And everyone seems to like them.
- 2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) Butter, softened
- 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
- 3/4 cup packed Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 large Eggs
- 2 cups (12 oz. package) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Gradually add flour mixture into wet ingredients while beating. Make sure flour mixture is completely mixed in. You may need to scrape the bowl to make sure the flour mixture isn’t sticking to the sides or bottom of the bowl. Stir in chocolate chips.
If the dough seems too wet, you may want to add just a tablespoon or two of flour to thicken it up. You can also put the dough in the fridge for 10-15 minutes. If the dough is too wet (or overmixed, or getting warm), the cookies tend to come out super thin. I’ve noticed when using my stand mixer, the dough sometimes comes out more wet and creamy than when I use my hand mixer. When that happens, I pop my dough into the fridge for about 10 minutes, and then mix in a little bit of flour. This will help prevent the cookies from baking too flat and thin.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoon (or use an ice cream scooper) onto ungreased baking sheets. You can line your baking sheets with waxed paper if you’re concerned your cookies might stick. I can usually get 3 to 3 1/2 dozen cookies from this recipe.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Don’t let the cookies sit on the baking sheets for more than a few minutes, or they may start to stick. Be careful when transferring the cookies to the wire racks because the cookies will not be completely set yet. Use a spatula and be gentle. Once the cookies have cooled and set, you’ll have soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies that everyone can enjoy.
My husband’s birthday is Friday, March 9th and chocolate chip cookies are his favorite cookies…so I made them for him. He loves having a few cookies with is coffee or with a glass of milk.
What’s your favorite type of cookie?