How to Make the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I have been making Chocolate Chip Cookies for many years. They are my favorite and are always a hit for any gathering or holiday party.

Today I want to talk about how I make them and some simple variations you can use to easily make your cookies even more spectacular.

Tips and Tricks for Awesome Chocolate Chip Cookies:

I only use the best and freshest ingredients in my cookies.  I use pure cane sugars, real butter, unbleached all purpose flour and pure vanilla extract.  Nestle Toll House Semi Sweet Chocolate Chunk Morsels tend to have the best chocolate flavor, in my opinion, but you can choose your favorite.  All of these make a huge difference in the taste of your cookies.

It is important to not use melted butter or butter that has been softened too long.  The colder you can keep it and still blend in the other ingredients, the better.  Follow this tip and you will have thicker, softer, moister cookies.

I get the best results when I use stainless steel cookie sheets, not aluminum. My cookies tend to turn out thin and chewy when I use aluminum or glass.  Save the aluminum for baking cakes.

Chocolate Chip Cookies2Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Adapted from the Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened, but not room temperature (When you pinch it with thumb and index finger and it barely makes an indentation.)
3/4 cup pure cane granulated sugar
3/4 cup pure cane packed brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour (For a nuttier flavor, try Spelt flour.)
2 cups (12 oz) Nestle Toll House Semi Sweet Chocolate Chunk Morsels (or your favorite chocolate chips)

Instructions for Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Place oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a stand mixer, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Continue to beat until fully combined, but do not over beat. The mixture should be fully combined, but not creamy looking.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add baking soda and salt, then vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour (Do not over mix). After fully combined, gently and evenly stir in chocolate morsels.

Drop by large soup spoon, (make as round as possible, makes about a 1 1/2 inch ball) onto ungreased  cookie sheets.

Bake in preheated oven for 10-13 minutes (mine takes 11 minutes) or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and let stand for 2-3 minutes; remove to wire cooling racks to cool.

Makes about 1 1/2 to 2 dozen medium cookies.

Here are some tips to make things a little easier:

I use one bowl, one measuring cup, and one measuring spoon to make my cookies.

I use one bowl,  one for the wet ingredients and not a separate bowl for the dry. By putting the wet ingredients in the bowl first, then mixing in the baking soda and salt next, I only have to add the flour as a ‘dry ingredient’ last.

I use one measuring cup (a 3/4 cup), because the recipe calls for 2 1/4 cups of flour. 3 times 3/4 cup equals 2 1/4 cups.

I use one measuring spoon (1 teaspoon) by putting the vanilla in after the salt and baking soda. Putting the vanilla in first would cause me to need two 1 teaspoon measuring spoons, as the salt and baking soda would stick to the vanilla in the spoon.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars:

Making bars is quick way to make these delicious cookies when you are short on time or want to save a little energy.

Prepare dough the same as above, then spread into a greased 13×9 inch pan.  Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted onto the center of the cookie bar. Cool pan on wire cooling rack.  Cut in to bars of desired size.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Variations:

Here are some simple changes you can make to your cookies to make them even more exciting and delicious; instead of adding 1 bag (2 cups) of Chocolate Morsels, add:

The options are unlimited, just be sure to keep the addition to about 2 cups.

Bite-Sized Chocolate Chip Cookies:

My daughter was asked to make a bite-sized appetizer for a homeschool event. She was bent on making chocolate chip cookies. I had never tried making them tiny before, so I suggested she try making them with mini chocolate chips, using a teaspoon of cookie dough per cookie. It worked! They were so cute!

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Way to Modify Chocolate Chip Cookies (in my opinion):

I think the yummiest way to modify chocolate chip cookies is to make them giant (about 4 inches across, after they are baked) and dip them in melted chocolate chips. Use a spoon to pull the melted chocolate up on the cookie. Place on parchment paper to allow the chocolate to set.

So yummy and everyone loves them even more than the originals.

Take these to a party and see how fast they disappear!

 You might also like these Cookie Recipes:

Mama’s Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Mama’s Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Mama’s Spicy Ginger Crinkle Cookies

Snickerdoodles

 

How to Make the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
I have been making Chocolate Chip Cookies for many years. They are my favorite and are always a hit for any gathering or holiday party.
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Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Cookies
  1. Adapted from the Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
  2. 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened, but not room temperature (When you pinch it with thumb and index finger and it barely makes an indentation.)
  3. 3/4 cup pure cane granulated sugar
  4. 3/4 cup pure cane packed brown sugar
  5. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 2 large eggs
  9. 2 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour (For a nuttier flavor, try Spelt flour.)
  10. 2 cups (12 oz) Nestle Toll House Semi Sweet Chocolate Chunk Morsels (or your favorite chocolate chips)
Instructions for Chocolate Chip Cookies
  1. Place oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a stand mixer, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Continue to beat until fully combined, but do not over beat. The mixture should be fully combined, but not creamy looking.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add baking soda and salt, then vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour (Do not over mix). After fully combined, gently and evenly stir in chocolate morsels.
  4. Drop by large soup spoon, (make as round as possible, makes about a 1 1/2 inch ball) onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 10-13 minutes (mine takes 11 minutes) or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let stand for 2-3 minutes; remove to wire cooling racks to cool.
  6. Makes about 1 1/2 to 2 dozen medium cookies.
Here’s a tip to make things a little easier
  1. I use one bowl, one measuring cup, and one measuring spoon to make my cookies.
  2. I use one bowl, one for the wet ingredients and not a separate bowl for the dry. By putting the wet ingredients in the bowl first, then mixing in the baking soda and salt next, I only have to add the flour as a ‘dry ingredient’ last.
  3. I use one measuring cup (a 3/4 cup), because the recipe calls for 2 1/4 cups of flour. 3 times 3/4 cup equals 2 1/4 cups.
  4. I use one measuring spoon (1 teaspoon) by putting the vanilla in after the salt and baking soda. Putting the vanilla in first would cause me to need two 1 teaspoon measuring spoons, as the salt and baking soda would stick to the vanilla in the spoon.
Adapted from Nestle Toll House Cookies
Adapted from Nestle Toll House Cookies
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