When I’m choosing when to post recipes, I always want to share the sweet ones on Monday. I think because I think of it as the same way as when I bake for someone. I love baking things for people, and feel like baked goods make people happy and I love to make people happy through food. Specifically cookies. And on Monday…we’re all sad that the weekend is over, so I feel like cookies can make that a little easier. I wish you could actually come over and have some of these cookies. (you can if you want!) I never bake for myself, it’s always for someone else. I don’t mean I don’t eat the things I bake because obviously I had one or two or ten of these cookies this weekend. I just mean, I never just bake for myself just because. It’s always for someone or if someone asks me. This time, it was for Joe. Over the weekend, he asked me to make these. And nothing makes me happier than when someone requests that I make them something. And of course I don’t hesitate, because I absolutely love to do it. I live to feed people haha really…I’m pretty sure that’s my purpose on this earth.
Everyone always claims their chocolate chip cookie recipe is the best. Of course I’m going to say the same thing, but there’s no secret recipe here. My secret is the back of the chocolate chips package. That’s right, the nestle toll house recipe. I’ve never found a recipe as good as this. I always want to try to tweak it or try other recipes that I come across, but why change a good thing. I have been making these for years. People often tell me, “I use that recipe too, but why don’t mine taste as good?” Well, I don’t know, maybe because I’m just that awesome. I’m kiddddding. But I’ll tell you what I think makes the perfect chocolate chip cookie, regardless of what recipe you use. Fresh ingredients to start. Make sure nothing has expired and your sugars and flour and all that should always be tightly sealed in their containers. When you measure your ingredients, make sure you measure the dry ingredients with dry measuring cups and the liquids with liquid measuring cups. ( I could write a whole other post on measuring alone.) Don’t forget the salt. People assume it’s not necessary…but it definitely is. Do not melt your butter. Either have the butter out at room temperature for a few hours or microwave it for 15 seconds, check it and do another few seconds until it’s just softened, but not melted at all. After you have mixed the dough, put in the fridge for about an hour. Now go bake these for somebody who needs a little extra love on this Monday. Or for yourself…because that’s always a good idea.
What you’ll need-
-2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
-3/4 cup sugar
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2 cups (1 package) of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugars together with an electric mixed until light and fluffy. (I almost wrote “until flight”. I combined light and fluffy. Can we make that a word?”) Add in the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Gradually add in the dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. At this point, I cover the bowl and pop in the fridge for about an hour but you can go on with baking now if you’d like. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spoon the dough into rounded tablespoons onto a nonstick cookie pan. Bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a cooling rack for 15 minutes.