One recipe, endless variations. The base of a chocolate chip cookie is just a rich brown sugar butter cookie.
What makes it a chocolate chip cookie is the chocolate chips. Add what you want to the basic recipe, and make these cookies your own.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup butter , softened
- 2 large eggs ,beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- if desired , 1 cup chopped pecans
Cream the butter until smooth.
Add the sugars, salt and vanilla, and cream until well combined and uniform, about 2-3 minutes. Scrape bowl as necessary.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape bowl as necessary.
Whisk together the flour and baking soda. Mix in on low speed until just combined.
Add the chips and nuts (if using), and fold them in by hand.
Refrigerate dough for at least an hour or two and up to overnight.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F and scoop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between each cookie.
Bake two sheets at a time, for a total of about 15 minutes, rotating between the racks halfway through baking.
Let cool on the baking sheets for five minutes, and then remove to racks to cool completely.