For my very first post, I want to share a simple & basic recipe of mine. This is my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I have been tweaking it for a while now, and I will probably continue to do so since I am a perfectionist, but these chocolate chip cookies are near perfect!
To get the perfect chocolate chip cookie, you need to have your butter softened to room temperature. This is a must. Butter that is too cold, too soft or melted will alter the texture and taste of the cookies. Another tip is to chill the dough before baking. This will help the cookie stay plump while baking and not flatten.
P.S…please excuse the not so great photos I will be using for my blog at first, they are just ones that I already have in my iPhone.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Note: I sometimes switch out the chocolate chips for a different ingredient, like mini M&M’s!
3/4 cup unsalted butter (real is always better), softened to room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 325°F with an oven rack placed in the center. With a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix well for another 2 minutes.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture in 2 additions, mixing just until combined after each addition. Gently mix in the chocolate chips.
Chill the cookie dough in the fridge for 20-30 minutes before baking.
Drop tablespoons full of the chilled cookie dough about 2 inches apart onto silpat (silicone mat) or parchment lined baking sheets. Bake 1 pan at a time for 12-13 minutes until the edges are set and just slightly browned. Transfer the cookies to cooling racks, let cool slightly and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe