Sunday, July 10, 2011

EXTREMELY simple and delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe is great for two reasons:

1. It is extremely easy and has very few ingredients (in comparison to some other cookie recipes that I have).  Not only are there relatively few ingredients, but they are simple ingredients that are general kitchen staples that you should have on hand most of the time.

2.  This recipe has great bones!  This recipe is so simple and straightforward but is also very flexible.  You can add your own twist to it by adding nuts, m&ms, white chocolate... you name it!

I have made this recipe for my husband two weekends in a row because he specifically requests it.  I tell him to hide them from me after they're made so I don't eat the whole batch, but that is just a testament for how good they are.

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Ingredients:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups (or more depending on your preference!) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. In a large bowl, beat sugars, butter, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed.
3.  Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir in chocolate chips.
4. On an ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by the rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart.
5.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft).  Cool 1 to 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Hints
*** When softening your butter, it is best to leave it out on the counter before starting for about 30 minutes.  If softening in the microwave, do not let it soften to the point of melting.
***If your cookies come out flat it could one of 3 reasons: the butter was too soft or partially melted, the flour was undermeasured (easily fixable for next couple of batches... Just add a small amount of flour to the mixture), or the cookie sheet was too hot.

Have fun with this cookie!

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