classic chocolate chip cookies

these chocolate chip cookies are a classic for a reason - rich & buttery, with bits of rich chocolate in every bite!

cookies are a favorite in our house & we're pretty much always stocked.  home-made or store-bought, cookies are always a win. and so, like any self-respecting cookie family, we have a few time-tested classics that are always in rotation.  these chocolate chip cookies are definitely at the top of the list.

one of my favorite things about this dough is that it can be easily adapted to create slightly different cookies.  sure, chocolate chips are included about 95% of the time, but we've been known to mix in some peanut butter chips or toffee bits or make them into cut-outs (just add a bit more flour and let the dough rest in the fridge for 30 minutes) & top with a thick layer of frosting. the base recipe is always the same, but the flavors are easily adjusted.

chocolate chip cookies are classic, and this recipe creates that perfectly gooey inside, barely crisp & golden outside that are the hallmarks of any great cookie. rich & buttery, these are cookies worth making again and again.  and again.  i think i hear the cookie jar calling!

 

recipe: my favorite chocolate chip cookies (adapted from angela liddon)

 ingredients

  • 8 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 3/4c packed brown sugar
  • 1 flax egg (mix 1 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp water) or 1 regular egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1  c unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips/butterscotch chips/crushed candy, etc

method

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees 
  2. grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray
  3. to make the flax egg: mix 1 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp cold water & let it sit for a few minutes.
  4. beat the butter until it's very fluffy, then add in the sugar & beat that for a few minutes.  beat in the flax egg and vanilla. when it's combined, add in the remaining ingredients (but not the chocolate chips) & mix until it comes together into a ball.  now add the chocolate chips/mix-in of choice 
  5. scoop it onto the cookie sheet, or pat it into whatever pan you pick.
  6. if you want to decorate with colored sugar/sprinkles, now's the time!
  7. bake for 7 minutes, then check for done-ness.  keep baking, checking the cookies every 3 minutes.  the cookies are done when they're still a little soft.  they will harden a little more as they cool