I am by no means an expert when it comes to making cookies but recently I have been fortunate enough to read an awesome article written by someone who is. Lindsey’s article over on Design Mom is entitled 8 Secrets to The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie, as I am not an amazing cook mine weren’t quite perfect but I do believe they would almost rank as amazing, especially when they were still fresh from the oven.
The shopping list
1 cup (225 grams) butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I only used about 1 1/2 cups as that was all that was in the packet I had, it seemed to be enough for me)
…And what to do with it
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Beat butter with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the brown sugar and beat for 5 minutes on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for another minute after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix well.
Whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture in two or three additions, mixing on low speed just until the flour is incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips using a silicone spatula or the mixer on low speed.
Using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon, drop balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving a few inches of room between them. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating baking sheets front to back and top to bottom halfway through baking time. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
This was an easy recipe to make amd they were so delicious (must go for an extra run this week) but I recommend looking at the tips over at Design Mom. Little things, like getting your butter and eggs to room temperature before you begin, can make all the difference. There are also a number of other useful articles in the Living Well series like 6 Secrets to a properly ironed shirt and 4 secrets to a well mended wardrobe.