Thursday, April 15, 2010

As American as Chocolate Chips: The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Forget apple pie, I think chocolate chip cookies are the quintessential American dessert. To me there is nothing better than the smell of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies wafting from the oven. It reminds me of growing up, and the millions of chocolate cookies my mom must have baked over the years.  Now that I've discovered the baking gene within myself, chocolate chip cookies are my go-to dessert. They're easy to make, and they're always a crowd-pleaser. Have you ever met anyone who has turned down a chocolate chip cookie? I have tried many recipes, but my all-time favorite (I bake it so much the page has fallen out of the cookbook) is from The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. If only I could figure out a way to bottle the smell.

Chocolate Chip Cookies from the Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing the cookie sheet
1 cup light-brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (to really spruce up your cookies buy the quality chocolate chips and not just the tollhouse)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet. Cream the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Sift the dry ingredients together and stir in, mixing thoroughly.

Add the chocolate chips to the batter and drop the cookies onto the baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven while the centers are slightly soft. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to a rack to cool completely. 
Makes about 80 cookies. In my experience it doesn't make quite this many.

There are endless variations that you can try with these cookies. One of my favorites is adding white chocolate chips instead of or in addition to the semi-sweet chocolate chips. This time, however, I added Heath Bar Toffee chips.

((post by emily))

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