Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies

What’s so special about these chocolate chip cookies?  You will have to make a batch to find out.  I have on file 4 or maybe 5 different chocolate chip cookie recipes that I like to use depending on how and why I’m making them;  crispy , chewy, chocolaty, etc…  But the one recipe that I tend to make again and again is a variation of the recipe from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine {January/February 1996}. This is also the one my kids requested the most.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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4 ¼  cups unsifted bleached all-purpose flour
½  teaspoon salt
1  teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm
2  cups dark brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3  large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
4  teaspoons vanilla extract
2-2½  cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1.  Heat oven to 325 degrees.
2.  Mix flour, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl and set aside.
3.  In a large bowl, mix melted butter and sugars until thoroughly blended.  Mix in eggs, yolk and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients; mix until combined.  Stir in chips.

 Chocolate chip cookies4.   Use an ice cream scoop to form cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls.  Place formed dough onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart and 12 dough balls per cookie sheet.


Chocolate chip cookies5.  Bake at 325 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.  The center of the cookies will still be soft and puffy {see image}.  Transfer the cookie sheet with the soft cookies still on it to a cooling rack and let the cookies rest for about 10 minutes.  They will be firm and cool enough to be taken off the cookie sheet.


Chocolate chip cookies

Without having said a word, I had three eager volunteers in the kitchen.  One by one they came to help; Caleb was the first, then Grace and Hannah came just in time to mix in the chocolate chips.  This recipe can easily be made by hand or a mixer.

Chocolate chip cookies


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posted by: Kay

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8 Responses to Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Sherry June 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Great photography Kay!

  2. Swan June 17, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Thanks Sherry 🙂

  3. christine kelly July 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    These look so good! I’ll be trying this recipe out on my next baking day 🙂

    • Swan July 28, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      Christine! They are sooo good! Yes, you should give them a try 🙂 Bill

  4. Julie August 1, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    Wow, I’m drooling a little bit. Chocolate chip cookies are my #1 weakness! I am interested to try this out and compare it to my mother’s recipe which is the only one I ever really use.

    • Kay August 1, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

      Please come back and tell us. I would love to try your mother’s cookies! This is my favorite comfort treat, chocolate chip cookies.

  5. Aileen November 30, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Hi. Reading your post took me back to my teens when I discovered baking. I believe I just found a recipe my daughter and I can do together. I will let you know how it turns out. Love the photos. 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

    • Kay December 3, 2013 at 8:18 am #

      Love to hear back from you Aileen! My girls make these cookies on their own and it’s quick and easy.

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