December 26th, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies



I once worked as a bookkeeper in a small office for a company that was building an upscale shopping center in Westlake Village, California. When I say small office, I mean me and one other person, and many times I was there by myself. On one such day, I was getting ready to leave for lunch when a maintenance worker walked in. I had made some of these cookies the night before and two of them were sitting on my desk in a baggie. He saw them and commented that they looked good, so I offered one to him. He took the cookie and walked off to do his work, and I headed out the door to go to lunch. As I was about to get into my car, I noticed that the man had followed me out to the parking lot. He called out to me: “That was the BEST cookie I have EVER had in my life!” I thanked him for the compliment, but instead of going back to his work, he just stood there looking at me with his mouth half open as if he was trying to decide what we should do next. I think if I hadn’t gotten into my car and driven off, he would have offered to partner with me in marketing them.


One of the key steps to this recipe is to place paper on your cookie sheet. This keeps the cookies from getting too brown and crisp on the bottom, so be sure you don’t skip this step. Some people might prefer to use parchment paper, and I have tried that, but I don’t think it protects the bottoms of the cookies as well as just plain paper.

Preheat the oven to 350. In a large bowl, cream the butter together with the sugars using an electric mixer.

Add the eggs and vanilla.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and stir to combine.

Add the chocolate chips and nuts.

Using an ice cream scoop, drop cookies about 3 inches apart onto the paper-covered cookie sheet. If you bought two 12-ounce bags of chocolate chips, you should have some extra. That is—-if you haven’t already eaten them. I love chocolate chips, and I sometimes eat them right out of the bag. A good place to hide them is in the freezer—-behind a bag of frozen corn. But if you do still have some extras, you can add 3 or 4 more to the top of each cookie. This will ensure that they come out of the oven with lots of chocolate chips showing on top. Bake for about 13 minutes at 350 or until slightly under-done. They will look more done after they have cooled for a few minutes on the pan.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted under Cookies & Candy

14 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Everything looks DIVINE!! Can’t wait to try your recipes! I’m drooling over the cookies. Chocolate chip cookies are my weakness!

  2. Wow! Great site Laura! Cookies look great. Can’t wait to try the recipe. Wonderful work!

  3. Thanks, Amy and Kristin! I hope you like the cookies.

  4. I made these with my family tonight and they are delicious. I used my cookie dough small scooper–this yielded over 100 cookies that are approx. 2.5 inches in diameter!! My hubs will take some to work and my kids will take some to school. They are way too good to keep in the house for too long.

  5. Joanne, I’m glad you like the cookies so much. I just wanted to let you know that I usually freeze most of the cookies I make. That way I can take them out as we want them, set them on the counter, and in about an hour, we have fresh cookies. For more information, you can check out my post called Never a Stale Cookie in This House!

  6. Thanks so much Laura! Love your site!

  7. These look just perfect! My name is Jillian Tohber Leslie and I am the founder of Catch My Party (http://catchmyparty.com/). I’ve recently begun blogging about parties and party planning for Spoonful (http://www.spoonful.com), the Disney family website.

    I’m putting together a post for Spoonful on having a cookie exchange and I was wondering if I can include a photo from this post in my post. I will of course link back to your blog. Spoonful is a super popular site, so it’s a great way to gain increased exposure.

    Let me know what you think. If you’re okay with it, I’ll email you once the post is up on Spoonful so you can check it out and share it with your friends!

  8. Sure thing, Jillian! No problem.

  9. Thank you! They look soo good!

  10. Greetings,
    My name is Michelle, and I’m working with Jillian over at Catch My Party.
    I just wanted to let you know your party photo has been featured on Spoonful.
    You can check out the post here: http://spoonful.com/parties/cookie-exchange-hot-chocolate-bar
    Hope you like it and hope you share it!

    Best,
    Michelle

  11. Love these cookies! They are now my go-to recipe!

  12. We enjoyed your chicken rolls and graham cracker pralines while our children we here over the holidays. So easy to make for a large crowd.
    Thanks
    Joe and Coni

  13. If you don’t have parchment paper, can you use the silicone silpat baking mats?

  14. Enid, I’m sorry, but I have never used one of those mats before, so I can’t really give you any advice about them.

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