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The best Chocolate Chip Cookies

The best  Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I love to make chocolate chip cookies from time to time when I’m in the mood. I feel like I would make some with the kids one day when they are not stressing me out (lol). Give it a try with or without your kids and you won’t be disappointed with the taste for sure.

You will need:
1 1/ 2 cups all-purpose flour (see notes below)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/ 2 teaspoon salt
1/ 2 cup unsalted butter see notes below, room temperature
1/ 2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/ 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 

Method: 

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray. (To get best results, use parchment paper). In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt together. In another large bowl, using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat together the butter, and sugars until smooth and mixed together well. Add the egg and vanilla and mix on low speed until mixed in. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix in until just incorporated. Do not keep mixing – do not over-mix. Add chocolate chips and stir with a wooden spoon, again no over-mixing, just until incorporated. Chill dough if dough is warm. Using a small or large ice cream scoop or heaping tablespoon, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, 6 to 8 per pan, depending on size you are making. Bake the cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until the bottoms and edges are lightly browned and the tops feel firm when lightly touched, small cookies bake 8-10 minutes. Large cookies bake 10-13 minutes. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets, and then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 18 -30 cookies depending on size.

Tips: To avoid flat cookies: Be sure your butter is room temp (not melted or even softened), and try using cold/chilled dough if dough is warm: Just put it in the refrigerator to chill before baking. Don’t over-mix cookie batter, especially after the flour is added and add it gradually. If you’re in chocoholic mode, go up to 2 1/4 cups of chocolate chips.

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