So, I only started getting really into cooking/baking in the past couple of years. I’m a neurotic, anxiety ridden person in general and it’s no different in the kitchen. When I was starting out, I found it really helpful to not only read the words of a recipe but to see the steps, usually in a youtube video. So I decided recently whenever I’m making something fairly simple and I remember to grab the camera (that’s the hard part!) I will share a step-by-step breakdown of how to make it!
This stuff is so easy, there’s no reason to buy pre-made dough or already-baked cookies! I promise you, you can do it even if you’re an absolute beginner!
This recipe is the standard toll house recipe, and although it is simply, I really like it. I’ve tried a few different recipes for chocolate chip cookies over the years and I keep coming back to this one. My boyfriend has a Leslie Knope level sweet tooth and really likes these as well. One time I brought maybe 20 cookies to his place to share between us. I slowly ate one while I browsed online and then asked him for another…in that time he had eaten all the rest of the cookies! I was so mad! This was our text about the cookies I made for today’s post (he’s a silly guy):
Anyways. Enough chatting, on to the recipe! You’re going to need:
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
This recipe originally includes nuts which I do not include in mine. To get started, you’re going to preheat your oven to 375° F and stir together your flour, baking soda & salt in a small bowl.
In a separate, larger bowl, you are going to combine your butter, granulated sugar (white sugar), brown sugar & vanilla extract. Using a hand mixer (I have this one and I love it!), you will mix these together until they are well combined and creamy looking.
|This consistency is about right, you don’t want to over-mix it!|
Next, you will add in your eggs, one at a time. After you add in each egg, mix until combined.
|It should look like this when done.|
Now, you’re going to start mixing in your flour mixture. The best way to do this is to add just a small amount at a time (either 1/2 the mixture or 1/3rd each time), mix on low speed first just enough to get it barely combined and then you can move up to medium speed. If you just start on medium speed, you may end up with flour all over your kitchen! Also, while you are mixing this in, make sure to give the sides of your bowl a good scrape with a spatula to make sure you get everything combined!
|It should look like this once everything is added in.|
Now you’re almost done! The last thing to do for the dough is to add in the chocolate chips. This is easy, just dump them in and stir with a wooden spoon until they’re mixed in pretty evenly.
Now it’s time to get them into the oven. This is going to make about 36 cookies, so if you don’t want that many, you can always freeze a portion of the dough or even the cookies themselves (I always do this, I love frozen cookies!). My favorite thing to use is this cookie scoop to form the dough balls because it keeps everything even (and even amounts of dough = even cooking times for your cookies!). If you don’t have one, though, you can use two spoons to scoop the dough out and form it into a round ball. Drop these onto an ungreased baking sheet and make sure to leave room in between them because they will grow bigger while baking!
Now you’re ready to put these into the oven! These will cook 9-11 minutes, you’ll want them to be golden brown when you take them out. I like mine cooked just a bit browner than most people, so I tend to leave them in for 10-11 minutes. Once they are done, let them cool on the pan for 2 minutes and then place them onto a cookie rack to cool the rest of the way.
Now, get a big glass of milk and enjoy! 🙂 And don’t share any with your boyfriend.