Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

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
2 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips I used Ghiradelli semi-sweet

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray..
  • 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 about 2 minutes and is smooth.
  • 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 overmix.
  • Add chocolate chips and stir with a wooden spoon, again no overmixing, 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, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Makes  18 -30 cookies depending on size.
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Recipe Notes

  • Butter 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.
  • Flour Tips: Don’t over-mix cookie batter especially after the flour is added and add it gradually.
  • Make sure your baking soda is not expired.
  • Chocolate Chip Tips: If you’re in chocoholic mode, go the full 2 1/4 cups of chocolate chips as the recipe calls out.  If you want to tone down the chocolate chips, just use a lesser amount to your liking.