Who can resist a warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie? There’s something about the combination of sweet and chocolaty flavors that makes it a timeless classic. In this recipe, we will be using simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
– 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 1 cup packed brown sugar
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 2 large eggs
– 3 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 2 cups chocolate chips
To begin, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. This can be done using a stand mixer or a hand mixer.
Next, add in the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a soft dough forms. Be careful not to overmix as this can result in tough cookies.
Now comes the best part – adding the chocolate chips! You can use any type of chocolate chips you prefer, such as semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or even a combination of both. Fold in the chocolate chips until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop rounded balls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure to leave enough space between each cookie to allow for spreading. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. The centers may appear slightly undercooked, but they will continue to set as they cool.
Once the cookies are done baking, remove them from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes. This will allow them to firm up before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Resist the urge to devour them right away – they taste even better when they have cooled and the flavors have melded together.
Now, it’s time to indulge in your freshly baked chocolate chip cookies! Serve them with a glass of cold milk or alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra treat. These cookies also make great gifts, so feel free to share them with your friends and family.