Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place the oven rack in
the center of the oven. Line
two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In the bowl of
stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter until smooth. Add the white and brown sugars,
and vanilla extract, and beat until smooth and fluffy
(about 1 - 2 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated.
Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
In a separate bowl,
whisk the flour with the baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients, and
chocolate chips, to
the egg mixture and beat just until incorporated. If you find the dough very soft, cover and
refrigerate until firm (from 30 to 60 minutes). (The batter can be stored in the
refrigerator for a couple of days.)
For large cookies,
drop about 2 tablespoons of batter (35 grams) (can use an ice
cream scoop), onto the
prepared baking sheets, spacing them several inches (about 7.5 cm) apart.
With the palm of your hand, gently flatten each ball into a round.
If desired, gently press four or five chocolate chunks or chips into the batter. Bake about 10 - 12 minutes, or until golden brown around
the edges but the centers will still be a little soft. Cool completely on wire rack.
Makes about 32 cookies.
Note: You can freeze this dough. Form the dough
into balls, flatten slightly, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze and
then place the balls of dough in a plastic
bag, seal, and freeze. When baking, simply place the frozen balls of
dough on a baking sheet and bake as directed. You may have to bake the
cookies a few minutes longer than stated in the recipe.
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