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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever
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.
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, cream the margarine with the sugars until light. Beat in the vanilla and eggs until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, soda, and salt but do not sift.
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet ones. Beat. Add the chocolate chips and nuts. Stir to mix thoroughly.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.