I eat dessert every day. Every. Damn. Day. More often than not, I’m home when it’s ‘dessert time’ so that means I’ve got to make something. And we aren’t the type of people who keep our kitchen stocked with snacks or sweets (a curse and a blessing). Cookies seem to be my go-to since they’re pre-portioned and pretty darn easy to make. I’ve tried cakes and brownies here and there and I wind up eating most of the pan before Tyler even gets home. In this situation it’s poor him, not poor me.
Chocolate chip cookies always seem to be a no brainer when the question “Well, what TYPE of cookies shall I make?” Peanut butter is usually crossed off the list because I’m already eating a ton of it for breakfast, same goes with oatmeal, and anything that strays from a basic recipe is not even considered.
So chocolate chip it is. Tough life, I know.
My usual recipe was whatever was on the bag of the bag of chocolate chips I had on hand. But I found this recipe a couple of years ago and have since tweaked it a bit so that I have the absolute perfect chocolate chip cookie.
- 3/4 c butter, melted
- 1/4 sugar
- 3/4 packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 t vanilla extract
- 2 c flour
- 1 t baking soda
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 c + 2 T semi sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking pans with nonstick spray, set aside.
- In a stand mixer with paddle attachment (or hand held if that’s what you have) mix melted butter, sugar and brown sugar on low speed until combined.
- Add egg and once combined add vanilla.
- Stop the mixer and add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix on low until combined.
- Add chocolate chips and used a fork to incorporate in batter.
- Make portions slightly larger than 1 T, roll into balls, and place on baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes and allow to sit for a few minutes on baking sheet to continue baking.
- Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to rest for a while before packing into airtight containers.
I can pretty much just stop right there because that’s all you needed, right? Well WAIT- THERE’S MORE. These don’t even have to be just the basic chocolate chip cookies. You can sub reese’s pieces (I have), mint chips, Hershey kisses. The list goes on and on.
The key factor I’ve found in making these a success is to underbake them. They might not look done when you take them out of the oven, but allow them to sit on the baking sheets for a bit and they’ll continue to cook and take shape. It’s the best little trick I know. Shit, cat’s out of the bag.
Now I’m going to have to find some other magical recipe to wow people at get togethers. This is going to be a toughie.
I’ve made this exact recipe at my mom’s house and they did not turn out AT ALL. So I am wondering if this is oven specific or even geographically specific (does that make sense?) Every single time I make them here, they turn out perfect. But every single time I try them at my parent’s house they come out flatter and browner.
I mean…I do have a pretty nice oven.
Either way…that shouldn’t deter you from at least trying this recipe for yourlsef. Worst case scenario they don’t turn out as beautifully delicious as mine and you end up have to crumble them up and use as an ice cream topper. Oh, the humanity.
If you use the darker demarara brown sugar, the cookies are even more awesome!
I’ll have to look into that!
Mmmm! I was just thinking to myself last night that I need an amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe to make for my guy & me. Perfect timing!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Jen!! 🙂
Yes, try them! If not, I can always make a few batches and deliver 😉 Have a great weekend! 🙂
These look great- I’ll have to try them 😃
Would you believe I don’t like chocolate chip cookies?!
I know. I’m broken.
I also have the best chocolate chip cookie recipe- it’s just a bit salty and even better if you under bake them a bit. I’m keeping the recipe to myself though 😉
YUMMM. My mom has a billion other cookie recipes that I refuse to try to replicate because I know they won’t stand up to her actually making them!!
These are mighty good-lookin’ chocolate chip cookies. I definitely agree that undertaking is key. Where do your parents live? I definitely notice a difference in baking at altitude in Colorado vs elsewhere.
They live in upstate NY. And every time my mom tries to bake her famous cake here, it comes out so different. Took 4 years for her to perfect it! I still ate them all though haha
Yum!! I love chocolate chip cookies, and I agree under baking just a bit is key. I don’t dare make cookies very often because I have no self control tough. Also, altitude totally affects baking outcomes. I couldn’t for the life of me bake even the simplest of boxed brownies when I lived in BC.
I hate that I’m always having to adjust based on where I am!
Mmm I used to bake chocolate chip cookies all the time and friends and family would rave about them. My secret was adding in skor bites with the chocolate chips. They are heavenly. Even better frozen. I dunno why but I love a frozen chocolate chip cookie.
Oh, that’s weird! Might have to try it though.. haha
When it cools down I am making these!! I have never thought to under bake them. Totally makes sense! And yes, the altitude totally changes cooking/baking times. But so can ovens 😉
We eat them faster the more ooey gooey they are. Ack!