These cookies are the ones that everybody just seems to love. My mom has been making these for as long as I can remember, and they are still a staple. I remember bringing these to parties and bake sales and field trips… funnily enough, I can’t ever remember bringing any home afterwards!
(see below for the full recipe with measurements)
You’ll start out by creaming together some butter and brown and white sugar, either in your mixer or by hand.
One egg and a splash of vanilla can go straight into the blender. In a seperate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients…
And add the chocolate chips! You’ll get a much more even distribution of chocolate chips if your stir them in by hand instead of using your mixer.
Drop the dough onto to sheets in teaspoonfuls. I usually fit a dozen on each sheet- they will expand quite a bit! (Also, no one would blame you if some of the dough, ahem, disappeared)
Finally, the last step- you’ll have to trust me on this one. After your cookies have spent 8-10 minutes in the oven becoming lovely and warm and golden, take them out, hold the tray a few inches above your stovetop (or any other hard, heatproof surface) and drop the tray. Just drop it. I know this goes against everything you’ve been told about making cookies (“Keep them poofy! Don’t let them become flat!”), but it really does make them better- a slightly crisp exterior and a chewy, dense interior. Don’t be scared… they will be fine!
Let them cool on baking sheets but eat them while they’re still slightly warm. Glass of milk not mandatory but highly recommended.
Now just try not to eat the whole batch.
Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: 4 dozen
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar together until fluffy.
Beat in egg and vanilla extract on medium speed until fully combined.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a seperate bowl. Slowly add to wet ingredients, mixing slowly, then beat on medium speed until wet and dry ingredients are fully combined.
Add chocolate chips. Stirring by hand gives the best distribution of chocolate!
Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are golden brown around the edges.
For extra chewiness, upon removing the tray from the oven, hold it a few inches above your stovetop and gently drop the tray.