Very very basic Chocolate Chip Cookies

OK OK. Everyone is posting/talking about all the fancy types of cookies they are making this holiday season and here I am talking about chocolate chip cookies. Snooze.

I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but I am not much of a baker. I really prefer cooking but ever since I received my mixer as a gift, I have been trying to use it more and I think I have done ok with it.

It really beats mixing things by hand, that’s for sure!

Mostly I’ve used it for dough or cupcakes. But why not chocolate chip cookies? Hmmm.

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I guess this post is mostly for me because it’s a chocolate chip cookie recipe that was successful. They didn’t turn out flat or burnt.

I have quite a few recipes on file that I refer back to when cooking but sometimes I have to look up a recipe before I begin and sometimes it’s a hit or miss. I can safely say, these are always a hit!

In a mixer, begin by creaming together softened butter, white and brown sugar.

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Add in eggs one at a time. Then vanilla, baking soda, salt, flour, chocolate chips! Then you have that delicious cookie dough that you try not to inhale by the spoonful.

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Spoon onto a sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. I learned to take them out just before the edges start to turn brown because they will continue to cook when out of the oven. Obviously, make sure the middle isn’t raw… check with a toothpick!

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This recipe makes a LOT of cookies. I think around 30 (that’s not very helpful, sorry). It’s only my husband and I, so I felt it would be highly inappropriate to make all of the cookies at once. However, I didn’t think of this until I took out the first dozen from the oven but don’t you worry, those didn’t go to waste!

I spooned out the remainder of the dough onto baking sheets (I rolled them between my hands to make uniform shaped balls) and stuck the sheet in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Once they were frozen, I took them out and put them in ziplock freezer bags and stuck them back in the freezer. Whenever we are in the mood for a hot cookie right from the oven, I don’t need to pull out the mixer and start all over again! Well…… until we run out of the ones from the freezer…

Just go with it.

Chocolate Chip Cookies {makes approx. 30 cookies}

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I had mini chocolate chips on hand but prefer the regular size)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350°F

Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to the batter and then mix in the salt. Stir in flour and chocolate chips. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans, about an inch apart.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes until edges just begin to brown. Check with a toothpick to make sure they are done. Cool on a wire rack.

TO FREEZE REMAINING DOUGH:

Roll the remainder of the dough into individual sized balls and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure to space them enough so they aren’t touching.

Place the pan into the freezer for about 25-30 minutes, until frozen. When finished, remove from the freezer and place the balls into a freezer bag. With a sharpie, write the date (and if you like, the recipe name and cooking time/temperature) onto the bag. Try to get out as much of the air from the bag as possible and return to the freezer.

When ready to use, thaw on the counter while oven preheats and add a couple of extra minutes to their cooking time.

**Print the Recipe**

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2 Comments to “Very very basic Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Interesting, I’ve never seen a ChChip cookie recipe that calls for hot water before. My two favorite recipes are from Jacques Torres and America’s Test Kitchen. The America’s Test Kitchen one calls for you to brown the butter first and it adds so much flavor. Good bless the freezer when it comes to cooking/baking for two (or one in my case).

    • Yeah this is the most basic, boring recipe. I am sure there are a lot of great options. I just needed a basic one to start AND I was lazy and didn’t know what else to post about haha. Brown butter sounds like an awesome addition!

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