The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe – I have finally found it!

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There are only a handful of recipes that are requested on a regular basis in my house.  This cookie recipe is the #1 requested recipe, in fact, it has almost becoming annoying how often I have to make these.  I rarely memorize a recipe, but this one is burned into my brain.  I make these at least once a week because my children are excellent at guilting me into doing just about anything.  I am a pushover, trust me on this.  Oh well, they are only little once.

This recipe is one that I found online from one of the best blog postings I have ever read about baking cookies.  Please, please go to this site and read her post about baking cookies.  I learned so much by reading the entire story.

Secret #1:  Slice butter to allow it to soften faster.

Butter

Secret #2:  Place eggs in room-temperature water to keep them from curdling your batter.

Eggs

Secret #3: Sift/whisk your ingredients – Ok, I already knew this one, but I liked the pic.

Flour

Secret #4: Do not over-mix your batter and stir in chocolate chips by hand.  I knew this one as well, but it doesn’t hurt to reiterate this one because it’s VERY important.

Batter

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So, if you love chewy, soft and non-cakey cookies, this is the recipe for you.  I exclusively use this recipe when anyone asks me to make chocolate chip cookies.  I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe adapted from: DesignMom.com

Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place soft butter in large mixing bowl and beat on high until creamy.

Add white and brown sugar and beat on high for 4- 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed to medium and add eggs, one at a time, and beat for a full minute after each addition. Finally, add vanilla and mix for another 30 seconds.

In a large bowl, sift together flour,baking soda and salt. With mixer on low, add dry ingredients in 3 batches and mix only until flour is wet and incorporated.  I tend to undermix and finish the mixing by hand (just to be safe.)  Finally, add the chocolate chips and stir just until they are incorporated into the dough.

Form your dough into balls using a cookie scoop or measuring spoon.  The cookies will spread, so leave space between.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Be sure to remove them from the oven when they are just starting to brown around the edges.  They may not appear done, but they will be fine.  Trust me!  Let them cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet.  Transfer to a cooling rack and enjoy immediately.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies – Some things don’t have to be complicated.



I have been baking for several years now, and I have tried several different chocolate chip cookie recipes.  I must admit, I shy away from overly simple recipes because I’m afraid that they won’t be great. I don’t like to bake things that aren’t great, and the fancy cookie recipes that I have tried have been mediocre at best.  There are actually recipes out there that take multiple days to prepare.  That’s just ridiculous! 

A few months ago, my kids requested chocolate chip cookies.  I thought, great, another 4 hours of my life wasted on a crappy cookie recipe.  I started pulling out all of the ingredients and noticed the cookie recipe on the back of the chocolate chip package.  Hmmmm, I can’t imagine that they would put a “bad” recipe on the back of a chocolate chip package…would they? I decided to give it a try.

Preparing these cookies was so easy that I questioned how good they would be.  When they finally came out of the oven and cooled to a point where they wouldn’t burn my mouth (note: although cookies should be cooled completely before being eaten, no one I can never wait this long), I tried one.  They were, hands down, the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made.  Who knew? 

I am posting the recipe below, but you can find this same recipe on the back of any chocolate chip package.  Make them and then go to the gym because you will be eating most of them on the first day. 


Chocolate Chip Cookies
From: Toll House Chocolate Chip package

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 (12 ounce) package NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. 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. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.