The holiday season is the one time of year where cookies are a staple on the table for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Amateur and professional bakers alike, ovens are working over time to make the traditions we all know and love. If there has been anything that I have learned from my humble culinary experience, its how easy baking really is (despite all of the groans I’ve heard from others). I don’t want to even begin telling you how many chocolate chip cookies I have eaten (my absolute favorite cookie ever) that had no flavor whatsoever. Even the chocolate chips were tasteless after working so hard to make the rest of the cookie taste like something.
Packaged cookies don’t count. Face the facts: YOU DIDN’T MAKE THEM. Toll House did.
So, I find it fitting to post my fool-proof, perfect-out-of-the-oven Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. This one is really difficult to mess up, taking only a few minutes more than opening the package and slicing up cookie dough, but well worth it.
Happy baking this holiday and don’t forget to send me your questions and comments!! Trust me, baking is easier than it looks. Good luck!!
Olivia’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla (yes tablespoons!)
2 cups plus 3 tbsp flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups DARK chocolate chips
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350˚.
Cream butter and sugars on medium high speed of your mixer until pale and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Add in flour mixture, scraping down sides of the bowl until all of the flour is incorporated. Add chocolate chips and mix until thoroughly incorporated throughout batter.
Using a cookie scoop, space cookies about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet (or well greased if you do not have parchment). Bake for 8-12 minutes (depending on ovens) or until the edges begin to brown.
Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 15 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Caution: If you try one before completely cooled, you may go into deliciousness overload (or burn yourself on a hot cookie, so be careful!)