Friday, November 19, 2010

THE PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE

As we near towards the holidays I often start to think about my favorite cookies. Everyone has their favorite Christmas cookies, but what's everyone's favorite cookie of all time? Is there really a cookie out there that is better than the classic chocolate chip cookie? For me there's just nothing I like more than a warm chocolate chip cookie fresh out the oven and dunked in a cup of tea.

Every person will always claim that their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe is the best in the world. It all comes down to the fact that there actually is no such thing as the world's best chocolate chip cookie. Rather, it seems to come down to personal preference; the best chocolate chip cookie in ones own opinion. 

My mother in law makes what I would call the best chocolate chip cookies. She gave me this recipe years ago and I just haven't found another that turns out more perfect. Slightly crisp on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside with an overload of chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Cookies: 
(makes 24)
  • 2/3 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I added another teaspoon...)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375F.

Cream the butter and sugar together. mix in the egg and vanilla.


Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt.


Add the chocolate chips and combine well.


Scoop teaspoons of the cookie dough and spread out on a un-greased cookie sheet.


Bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes.


Remove when the cookies are still soft.

22 comments:

  1. They certainly look perfect! I'm so excited to make dozens of cookies for Christmas :D Chocolate chip is a must-bake cookie for the holidays.

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  2. I sure do love the txture, smooth and perfect

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  3. I just lost all that weight I gained last year making 20 different kinds of cookies, and it's that time of the year again! LOL. Those cookies look so delish. I want a batch right now :)

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  4. They look utterly divine! Must try and make them as the recipe doesn't look that difficult.

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  5. Hmm, homemade chocolate chip cookies! I must try these some time, they look super crunchy and yummy! :)

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  6. woooooow!!!, wonderfulll, I like it cookies, all cookies, and I do it, thanks

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  7. I love that your fav is a recipe from family and I agree with you about the comfort of a classic. There just isn't anything better.
    AmyRuth

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  8. That is quite an enviable stack you have there...

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  9. I've been cranking out the New York Times cc cookies adapted from Jacques Torres. But those photos have me feeling a little adulterous.

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  10. could you use whole wheat flour too? just curious. i made your apple muffins today-- tweeked the recipe but they came out fab. thank you.

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  11. I love chocolate chip cookies, but my favorite would have to be my grandma's molasses roll-out cookies. I only have them once a year, at Christmas, but I wish for them more often.

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  12. I haven't tried it with whole wheat flour but I think it should be perfectly fine to do so!

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  13. Delicious! Chocolate chip cookies is almost been my super favorite cookies especially when I add chocolate syrup as a toppings. I always eat chocolate chips when ever I am reviewing for an exam. This makes my mind relax and feels me happier.

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  14. Yum! I've been hunting for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe as part of my new years resolutions. So far the best version I've found calls for melted butter and leaving the dough in the fridge overnight prior to baking. Perfection!

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  15. This one is already on my try to do list recipe for our Christmas eve foods. I really see it mouth watering and indulging. Thanks for the recipe.

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  16. I made the batter today, planning to bake it tomorrow for my boyfriend... I'm SO glad I made 2 test cookies!
    They were absolutely delicious, maybe even some of the best I've ever tried... but they weren't nearly as puffy as yours :( I left them for 5 minutes in the oven, and when I came back the edges were almost burned!
    So I made another test cookie, lowering the oven temperature and chilling the dough for about 15 minutes. This one turned out way better, and I guess the ones I'll make tomorrow (with overnight chilled dough) will be even better.

    Still, these cookies were absolutely wonderful and I'm making this my usual chocolate chip cookie recipe :)

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  17. I love them! Thank you so much for sharing! Perfect with a glass of milk.

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  18. mmmmm those look so good! thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  19. I wanted to try making these because your cookies look so perfect in the photos. Although mine didn't look quite like yours, it was absolutely yummy! Crunchy and chewy goodness! Thank you for sharing this recipe! <3 :) Happy holidays!

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  20. So I just made these because I was craving some delicious chocolate chip cookies. Except mine didn't turn out like cookies...the batter melted and spread really thin across the cookie sheet so now I have chocolate chip cookie bars :( When the first tray turned out like bars I made the second tray really tiny and spread apart but it still didn't help; the batter melted and spread as soon as it hit the oven :/

    They're still really delicious, albeit slightly burnt around the edges, but do you have any idea what I did wrong?

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  21. I'm sorry they didn't work out for you, this is my go to recipe and has always worked for me and others.
    Was your butter melted, because that could be a reason the cookies spread too much?

    Maybe you should try putting the dough in the fridge before baking?

    Everyone's oven is different, so maybe try turning it down a bit?

    A silpat baking sheet or parchment paper may help. Sometimes darker baking trays or ones made of other materials conduct heat differently.

    Let me know if any of this helps!

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  22. these are honestly the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made. Thank you!

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