Sunday, January 2, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

In my last post there was a photo of my kiddo enjoying his chocolate chip New Year cookies...a new tradition we started this year. So far this is our favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies, although I think my 4yo would eat cardboard if it have chocolate chips in it...

Anyways, I thought I would share this recipe with you!

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper. (parchment is my preferred method!)Sift (or whisk) together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
In a medium bowl cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until it's well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients just until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon until incorporated-don't over mix the dough.
 Drop cookie dough using a cookie scoop onto the prepared cookie sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes until the edges are lightly golden. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely, although we prefer them warm and gooey :)

Kitchen Tips-
This dough can be made ahead of time and can either be refrigerated or frozen. To keep in the fridge, simply make up the dough, transfer it to your preferred bowl with a lid, and pop it in. I've keep this dough for up to a week before, but I wouldn't go any longer than that.
To freeze this dough make the dough and scoop it as normal. Pop your cookie sheet into the freezer until the cookies are firm on the outside. Then transfer them to a plastic container or bag that is safe for the freezer. This normally takes me several rounds with the cookie sheets. While I'm waiting for the dough in the freezer to freeze, I let the remaining dough wait in the fridge. Once in their permanent containers don't forget to label the contents and the date made! Then, whenever you're in the mood for some freshly baked homemade chocolate chip cookies, take a few out and pop them in the oven and voila! Enjoy :)

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