Grocery Store Gourmet: Fail-Proof Chocolate Chip Cookiesby Laura Pearce on May 23, 2012 • 9:03 pm 1 Comment
Everyone needs a fail-proof recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Sure, you can buy cookies at the store…I guess, but really? Which would you rather have: warm cookies fresh-baked from your oven, or cookies in a plastic container from the store? Even if your store has REALLY good cookies, I think the choice is pretty obvious.
Whether it’s small children, co-workers, or your sweetheart, the true way to anyone’s heart is with a batch of classic chocolate chip cookies. The daughter of one of my co-workers turned eight the other day, and I made her a batch of these delicious cookies. When you look at the recipe, you might wonder why I made 2 dozen cookies for an eight-year old. The answer is simple: I know my co-workers. About a dozen of those cookies actually made it home for her while and the rest were stolen by her father, our principal, me (guilty!), and a few other teachers. According to my co-teacher, the cookies were “good as s***!” I’ll take that praise.
Ingredients (makes 2 dozen cookies):
1 cup butter, softened (that’s 2 sticks)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp hot water
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (or, you know, the whole bag…whatever)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Use a wooden spoon or a hand mixer to cream together the butter and both sugars until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water and add to the batter along with salt. Stir in flour and chocolate chips.
- Drop large spoonfuls of the dough onto ungreased pans. Bake for about 10-15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.