My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and a houseguest

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting a friend and her two kids for a night.  They had recently moved away, and my daughter was really starting to miss her old classmate and friend. It was perfect timing for their visit.  I wanted to make a treat that I knew all of the kids would enjoy. I immediately thought of my chocolate chip cookies! It makes a large batch, which would leave me plenty to send some with our friends for their long ride home.

 

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I have been making this recipe for at least 14 years. Almost every time I make them, someone requests the recipe. They have a slight crunch on the outside and are chewy on the inside. I was never a big fan of chocolate chip cookies until I tried these!

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Back in 2001, I coached boys volleyball for a local high school I taught at. Every time we had a weekend tournament, one of the boys’ moms would make these cookies. I took one bite and became hooked! They were the best chocolate chip cookies I had ever had, and I was now a chocolate chip cookie fan for life! I immediately asked the mom who made the cookies for the recipe. She told me that they were her specialty and didn’t seem like she wanted to give me the recipe, so I dropped the subject. At the end of the volleyball season, we had an end of the year banquet/awards ceremony. I walked into the room and the cookie mom handed me this recipe on a hand written note card. I still have that card in my recipe box! It’s one of the best gifts I have ever been given. The first time I made them, they did not turn out like the cookie mom’s cookies. It took me a few tries to figure out the proper method to make them. I have included some photos in this recipe that will help you make the perfect chocolate chip cookie!

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My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie 

Ingredients

3 Sticks of melted butter, cooled
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Dark brown sugar
1 Cup Light brown sugar
2 Whole eggs, room temperature
2 Egg yolks, room temperature
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
5 Cups Flour (see my tips and techniques page on how to measure flour)
3 Cups Chocolate chips (see baking tips at the bottom)

Directions

Combine butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla in mixer until light and fluffy. This will take 2-3 minutes.

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This is the batter after 30 seconds of mixing on medium high in a stand mixer

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This is what the batter should like when this step is complete. This took another 2 minutes in my stand mixer on medium high. It should turn light in color and become a little thicker and fluffy.
Add salt and baking soda.
Add flour one cup at a time and mix just until all the flour is incorporated.
Stir in chocolate chips.

? See the note under “baking tips” below about chilling your cookie dough at this point. Use a cookie scoop to scoop cookies onto parchment lined baking sheets.

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I slightly flatten the tops of my cookies after they are scooped onto the baking sheet.

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Bake on parchment lined cookie sheets at 360 for 12-14 minutes. The edges and top of the cookie should just slightly begin to brown when they are done. Do not over bake.

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Let the cookies cool on the pan for two minutes, then remove them to a cooling rack.

Baking Tips

*Use the best quality chocolate chips. I typically use a 2:1 mixture of Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet chips.

*Be sure to use parchment paper on your cookie sheets. This will prevent the bottoms of your cookies from burning.

*I purchased my cookie scoop at Sur La Table but they can also be found at Michael’s, Williams Sonoma, and Amazon. Target may carry them as well.

*? I often prepare my cookie dough the day before I bake them. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator over night. The next day, let the dough rest on the counter until it is room temperature, then bake as directed. (I have broken a few cookie scoops trying to scoop cold dough.) Chilling the dough helps the cookie dough to prevent spreading too much when baking. It also produces a chewy cookie with a more pronounced flavor.  At the very least, chill your dough for 30 minutes.

Cookie Blessings…

Leave a box of fresh baked cookies on a bedroom dresser for your house guest

Bring a plate of cookies to your next party or gathering

Bake a batch of cookies to surprise your kids and significant other for a special lunch dessert

Box or bag a few cookies for your child’s teacher with a tag that says, “Thank you for making me one smart cookie.”

Bake of batch of cookies. Invite a few friends over for a special dessert. Place one cookie in a bowl and top with ice cream to make chocolate chip cookie ice cream sundaes

Bake a batch of cookies for a friend or family member who just had a new baby, is celebrating a birthday, or as a get well/feel better gift.

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