I will give my recipe on chocolate chip cookies but I also want to give some tips on how to choose a good recipe, at least what I think makes a great cookie. Chocolate Chip Cookies are such a tradition and they are super easy to make, there are tons of recipes out there with little variation. Here is what I have found makes a good Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe:
1. Ratio of granulated sugar to brown sugar. There should be twice as much brown sugar as regular sugar. It really does make a difference.
2. Salt, believe it or not, but salt adds to the cookie flavor. (However, if you want to just eat the cookie dough, leave out the salt. Also leave out eggs and then enjoy the cookie dough!)
The next two are about technique.
3. Take time to cream the butter before you add the sugar and creaming the butter and sugar together until airy.
4. About 30 seconds to a minute before the cookies are done, remove from the oven and let them finish cooking on the cookie sheet.
I hope that helps you make great Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
In a medium or large mixing bowl, beat 1 cup butter for 1 minute (I skipped this step because I was in a hurry.) Add 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar.
Add another egg and beat for 2 minutes.
Add 2-1/2 to 3 cups flour and beat until just blended. I added half wheat flour, and I really think that chocolate chip cookies need all purpose unbleached flour not whole wheat flour (but that is just my opinion...)
Add 2 cups chocolate chips. I used 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips. One tip is if you like semi-sweet and your Hubby likes milk chocolate (as is our case) you can use 1 cup of each and they turn out great and satisfy both of your tastes! (We happened to only have 1 package of chocolate chips as the milk chocolate chips got eaten before I made anything with them...)
Remove from oven about 30 seconds to 1 minute before the cookies are totally cooked. Let them finish cooking as the cookie sheet cools off. Do not put the cookie sheet on the oven over the oven vent or they may overcook.