Recipe: All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
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These indulgent treats are perfect for any event-party with friends, romantic dinner, or just for you.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2¼ cups plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ (12-oz.) packages semisweet chocolate morsels
  • Parchment paper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugars at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Add eggs and 1½ tsp. vanilla, beating until blended.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended. Beat in morsels just until combined. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10 to 14 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Remove to wire racks, and cool completely (about 15 minutes).
  4. Flavor Cravings: All sorts of goodies can be added to Rebecca's recipe to create other signature cookies. Here are a few of our staff favorites.
  5. Chocolate Chip-Pretzel Cookies: Prepare recipe as directed, beating in 2 cups coarsely crushed pretzel sticks with morsels.
  6. Cranberry-White Chocolate Cookies: Substitute 1 (12-oz.) package white chocolate morsels, 1 (6-oz.) package sweetened dried cranberries, and 1 cup pistachios for chocolate morsels. Proceed as directed.
  7. White Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Cookies: Prepare recipe as directed, beating in 1 (7-oz.) bag white chocolate-covered mini pretzel twists, coarsely crushed, with morsels.
  8. Almond-Toffee Cookies: Substitute 6 (1.4-oz.) chopped chocolate-covered toffee candy bars and 1½ cups toasted slivered almonds for chocolate morsels. Proceed as directed.
  9. Turtle Cookies: Substitute 1 (7-oz.) package milk chocolate-caramel-pecan clusters, coarsely chopped, and 1 (12-oz.) package dark chocolate morsels for semisweet chocolate morsels. Proceed as directed. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Nestlé Turtles.
  10. Nutty Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies: Decrease salt to ½ tsp. Decrease morsels to 1 (12-oz.) package. Add 1 cup creamy peanut butter with butter and sugars, and add 1 cup lightly salted peanuts with morsels. Increase flour to 2½ cups plus 2 Tbsp. Proceed as directed. (Dough will look a little moist.)
Notes
Bake 10 minutes for a soft and chewy cookie or up to 14 minutes for a crisp cookie.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.

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1 Comment

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    Gayle Bickel

    November 7, 2012
     

    I teach Culinary Arts and I had my students make these cookies and then all 25 students in that class tasted them. Just to let you know not one of the students liked them. The students did not like the flavor nor that it was a flat cookie.

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