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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

Updated on August 30, 2017
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I love to cook, bake. and share my favorite recipes. Food brings our families together to talk, celebrate, and create memories.

The quintessential chocolate chip cookie recipe!
The quintessential chocolate chip cookie recipe!

There are certain simple things that make our lives immeasurably better: a good haircut, a reliable car, a true friend, and an awesome chocolate chip cookie recipe. Well, I'll leave you to your own devices for the first three but can most definitely help with the last. This chocolate chip cookie recipe has passed from generation to generation in my family -- more precious than any possession we own. It's our go-to cookie for bake sales, after school snacks, and a friendly welcome for the new neighbors. Forget all other chocolate chip cookie recipes swirling around the internet because this is truly the only one you'll ever need. These cookies are rich, satisfying, and packed full of chocolate chips.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 27 min
Yields: 30 large cookies
Ingredients: margarine, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, eggs, flour, baking soda, salt, semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped walnuts
Ingredients: margarine, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, eggs, flour, baking soda, salt, semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped walnuts

Ingredients

  • 1 cup margarine
  • 2/3 cup golden brown sugar
  • 1-1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, extra large
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 24 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups walnuts, chopped

Step 1

Cream the margarine with the sugars until light. Beat in the vanilla and eggs until smooth.
Cream the margarine with the sugars until light. Beat in the vanilla and eggs until smooth.

Step 2

In a separate bow, add the dry ingredients: flour, soda, and salt. Mix together but don't sift.
In a separate bow, add the dry ingredients: flour, soda, and salt. Mix together but don't sift.

Step 3

Beat the dry ingredients into the wet. Add the chocolate chips and nuts. Stir to mix thoroughly.
Beat the dry ingredients into the wet. Add the chocolate chips and nuts. Stir to mix thoroughly.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the margarine with the sugars until light. Beat in the vanilla and eggs until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, soda, and salt but do not sift.
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ones. Beat. Add the chocolate chips and nuts. Stir to mix thoroughly.
  5. Drop onto lined baking sheets, using a small ice cream scoop or heaping tablespoon.. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes, turning sheets end for end and trading oven racks (top to bottom) at the halfway point.
  6. Remove from oven and slide parchment off the sheets with cookies and leave until cookies are barely cool enough to handle. Then transfer to rack to cool completely.

Step 4

Drop onto lined cooking sheet, using a small ice cream scoop. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes, turning sheets end for end and trading oven racks (top to bottom) at the halfway point.
Drop onto lined cooking sheet, using a small ice cream scoop. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes, turning sheets end for end and trading oven racks (top to bottom) at the halfway point.

Step 5

Remove cookies from oven. Slide the parchment paper off the sheet (with cookies). Leave until cookies are barely cool enough to handle. Then transfer to rack to cool some more.
Remove cookies from oven. Slide the parchment paper off the sheet (with cookies). Leave until cookies are barely cool enough to handle. Then transfer to rack to cool some more.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

These cookies are so scrumptious that it's hard to stay away from them. Once I tried putting them in the freezer so I wouldn't get tempted. Well, that was a huge failure because, in my opinion, they're even more delicious when frozen.

I now like to put vanilla ice cream between two cookies to make an ice cream sandwich. I roll them in candy sprinkles or chopped nuts. I cover them in plastic wrap and stick in the freezer until I'm ready for an out-of-this-world tasty treat. I love these and so do my kids.

Put vanilla ice cream between two cookies and roll in  candy sprinkles. This make a tasty treat for a hot summer day. Kids love them.
Put vanilla ice cream between two cookies and roll in candy sprinkles. This make a tasty treat for a hot summer day. Kids love them.

Tips for Cooking With Kids

For many years, I taught a cooking class called Lunch Bunch for children at our local Parks and Recreation Department. These chocolate chip cookies were a mainstay because they were such a hit with the kids and easy to make in our alloted time. Here are some tips I picked up from that experience cooking with a group of youngsters:

  • Be prepared and organized. Put out the ingredients and cooking equipment before the kids arrive – measuring cups and spoons, bowls, beaters, spatula, baking sheet, oven mitts, etc. Clean the work surfaces.

  • Have the kids wash their hands with soap and water and dry them thoroughly.

  • Talk about kitchen safety (only the adult cuts with the sharp knives, uses the oven, and handles the hot food).

  • Read through the recipe with the group so they understand what they're making and how they'll make it. Ask if they have any questions. Explain any cooking terms they don't understand.

  • Let the kids take turns doing the measuring. Teach them how to level off the ingredients (baking is more exact than cooking).

  • Always set aside time at the end for enjoying the finished product and socializing. This is a good time to ask questions such as: What would make this recipe better? What worked and what didn't work? Will you make this recipe again?
  • Give a copy of the recipe to each child.

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This Cookie Book Is a Must-Have in My Kitchen

Betty Crocker's Cooky Book
Betty Crocker's Cooky Book

Whether you love to bake cookies or only do it when you must, this is the one and only cookie book you need. You can't go wrong with this Betty Crocker classic with over 450 recipes. I received a copy as a wedding gift and now the pages are dog-eared, stained with food, and yellowed with age. All the recipes are winners but, of course, I have my favorites (and my husband's favorites and my sons' favorites). Perhaps, some day I'll buy a new edition. But, for now, I'm holding on to this cherished one.

 

© 2016 McKenna Meyers

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