It’s been years since I’ve baked chocolate chip cookies.
We don’t have chocolate chips here for one thing.
Okay, we do but they’re pathetic. I do ‘chocolate chunks’ – buy a good quality piece of chocolate and break it up with my special chocolate hammer. (If you don’t have a chocolate hammer you really should get one.)
I baked them all the time when I was a kid. I took over cookie baking when I was about 10 and baked at least once a month until I left for university. It wasn’t always chocolate chip, but often.
When I left my mother took back that job and she almost always made chocolate chip. She liked having them on hand for the neighborhood kids and grandkids…. who were always around because she had chocolate chip cookies.
Funny how that works….
Here is an easy, relaxed recipe for you – or your kids, for summer fun…. read on:
Did you know that chocolate chip cookies over 80 years old? This popular treat is one of America’s favorite go-to comfort foods, with nearly 7 billion cookies eaten every year. If you are nodding along with these facts and your mouth starts watering, then we can safely assume you enjoy these ooey-gooey cookies, too.
But, we have one question for you: Have you ever made Chocolate Chip Cookies from scratch? No, we don’t mean buying a box of cookie mix.
We mean, have you ever made chocolate chip cookies from the bare essentials? If you want to learn the best recipe that will have your friends and family asking for seconds, then keep reading this guide.
First thing’s first, you’ll want to make a list of ingredients. Luckily, this chocolate chip cookie recipe doesn’t call for anything extraneous. For the best results, it is always a good idea to keep things simple and all-natural.
Here is your shopping list:
- 2 cups of All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher Salt
- 1 1/2 sticks of butter (3/4 cup)
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips (or shavings)
We recommend searching your cabinets before heading to the store. You could have most of these ingredients already stored away.
You can also add whatever extra goodies you prefer to the cookies. Some people like walnuts or pecans. Or consider extra chocolate, because that’s never a bad thing, right? The best to add in is M&Ms, peanut butter chips, or peanut butter cups.
Step One: The Oven
First, preheat your oven. You’ll want to do this first, so it’s all warm and toasty when you finish with your dough.
Now, turn it to 375 degrees, and let it preheat the entire time you prep your dough. You’ll also want to move your racks to the lower rungs in your oven space.
Step Two: Measure Your Flour
Measuring flour is a tricky process. First off, experts say that buying a scale makes all the difference. By measuring the weight of your flour, you will receive a more accurate number.
That is to say, that you know precisely how much flour you use for the cookie recipe. If you go based on volume alone, you might overshoot or undershoot the measurements. With a lot of baking, either of those scenarios can lead to a faulty dessert.
Good thing that this recipe has some leeway to it. So, use a cup, and dunk it into the bag of flour. Pour out however much you need to make that 1 cup line.
Then, you want to take a butter knife and scrape off the top, making it flat and level. You shouldn’t worry about your measuring process too much. Be sure to do what you are most comfortable with, and don’t sweat it.
Step Three: Butter
Now, you want to soften your butter. You can do this by placing it in a saucepan for 4 minutes or popping it in the microwave.
If you do the latter, put it in for 20 seconds at a time. You’d be surprised how fast butter will start to evaporate if you let it cook for too long.
Step Four: Mix Butter and Sugars
Now, it is time to mix some of those ingredients. Pour the butter into the flour.
You then want to measure out your brown and white sugar and add that in as well. Stir until it is thoroughly mixed and no lumps are visible.
Step Five: Add Eggs, Baking Soda, Salt, and Vanilla
Crack those eggs into the bowl. Once you do, stir them before adding anything else in. Make sure the egg yolks and whites are thoroughly mixed in with everything else.
Now, you add your baking soda. Stir again.
Then pour in your salt and vanilla extract. Stir once more.
Step Six: Chocolate Chips
Your mixture should now look like dough. Except there is one thing missing: chocolate chips!
Add in the two cups of chocolate chips or flakes, and stir. You can eyeball this one, too.
If you don’t think there is enough chocolate, then add some more. It isn’t going to hurt the cookies except to add a more delicious gooey flavor.
Step Seven: Place on Cookie Sheet
Now, before you put your balls of dough on the cookie sheet, you’ll want to lay down pre cut parchment paper. That provides an excellent non-stick surface.
Now, you want to roll up pieces of your dough into medium-sized balls. Place them about four inches away from each other on the cookie sheet.
Don’t let them get too close, or else they will spread into each other, and you might end up with a cookie sheet instead of individual cookies. Whether that would be a happy accident or not is up to you.
Step Eight: Bake
Bake your cookies for 20-30 minutes. It depends on how fast and hot your oven is. As a rule of thumb, be sure to check on them every ten minutes.
If you prefer gooey cookies, take them out when they look brown and start to rise. They may not look all the way done, though, so it is sometimes hard to tell.
Be careful because dough with uncooked flour can harm you. Stick a toothpick into the cookie to test it.
If it comes out hot and gooey, then you are good to go. If the cookies are mushy but not gooey, then they could stand a few more minutes in the oven.
Step Nine: Eat the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
After they finish cooking, place your cookies on a plate. Repeat step seven until your dough is gone.
And that’s pretty much it. Eat and enjoy the best cookie recipe out there.
And don’t forget to revel in the fact that you made these cookies from scratch. That’s a pretty awesome accomplishment and one you can boast about to friends and family.
For More Recipes
Remember, measuring your ingredients and keeping them simple makes for the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies.
We hope this article helps you with your next baking adventure. If you enjoyed this, and want to try out more recipes, check out the recipe index on our blog. You’ll find food ranging from savory to sweet and everything in-between!