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CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!
I think its safe to say that almost everyone loves chocolate chip cookies. Some people like them hard and crunchy. Others ooey gooey. I like them crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. After dozens and dozens of batches, Instructable member TannerW and I have figured out the perfect recipe. At least, perfect to our chocolate chip cookie standards.
Step 1: Gather the Ingredients
You will need the following:
1 ½ Sticks Butter (¾ c)
1 c. Brown Sugar (I prefer dark)
½ c. Granulated Sugar
2 Tbs. Vanilla
1 Egg + 1 Egg Yolk
2+ c. Flour
½ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Baking Soda
2 c. Chocolate Chips
You will also need access to an oven, mixing bowls, measuring spoons and cups, baking sheets, etc. Using a Kitchen Aid Mixer is extremely nice and helpful, but not necessary. Hand mixers are also great, but still not necessary. Stirring by hand is perfectly okay, it just requires a little arm muscle to get things mixed.
Just in case you didn't know...
Tbs = Tablespoon
c = Cup
tsp = Teaspoon
Step 2: Preheat the Oven
Make sure your oven racks are aligned in a way that makes sense. You either want one in the center or two close to the center (one just above the center and one just below). Sometimes ovens are hotter near the top and/or bottom of the oven. For even cooking it is best to bake your cookies closest to the center of the oven.
Preheat the oven to 325°F (~163°C).
Now the tasty part begins, preparing the cookie dough!
Step 3: Melt and Brown the Butter
Browning butter and burning butter both are similar in that the butter can turn brown, but they do not taste the same. If you burn the butter you will need to start this step over. If you are nervous about this step don't worry - just make sure your butter is melted and you can move onto the next step.
Step 4: Mix the Butter, Sugar and Vanilla
Step 5: Add the Eggs
Set aside the bowl containing the butter mixture.
The combining of the wet ingredients is now complete and it is time to mix the dry ingredients.
Step 6: Mix the Dry Ingredients
Step 7: Combine Dry Ingredients With Butter Mixture
Adding the chocolate chips is next and I find it is easier to incorporate the chocolate chips when the wet and dry ingredients are fully combined.
If you fully combine your wet and dry ingredients your cookies will still taste fabulous, its just a matter of mixing ease.
Step 8: Add Chocolate Chips
Feel free to get creative with your chocolate chips of choice. You can use milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, mint chocolate chips, M&M's, white chocolate chips, or any combination of the above! I used a combination of large milk chocolate chips and small dark chocolate chips. Then I made a second batch using M&M's.
Step 9: Form Cookies
If you want to make larger cookies, be sure to leave a little bit more space in between the dough globs.
If you want the cookies to be perfect circles, form the dough into spheres and then slightly flatten them onto the baking sheets.
I used smaller baking sheets and was able to get 12 cookies (3 X 4) on each sheet.
Step 10: Bake Cookies
The longer you bake the cookies the crispier they will be and the chewier they won't be. I find between 12-15 minutes is the perfect combination of crispy and chewy. Feel free to slightly adjust the baking time to meet your cookie satisfaction.
My oven allowed me to bake two sheets of cookies at once. This just speeds up the baking process. Let the cookie sheets cool slightly in between baking rounds. This helps avoid burns and makes for easier handling and baking.
If you notice your oven is hotter in the back or top of the oven (the cookies are baking evenly) try rotating the cookie sheets half way through the baking time.
After baking, transfer the cookies from the baking sheets to a cooling rack. If you don't have a cooling rack paper towels on the counter works well or a large plate.
Step 11: EAT THE COOKIES!
Once the cookies are cool enough to handle they are ready to eat! Waiting for them to cool is the hardest part. Just be careful not to burn your mouth.
Enjoy them with a cold glass of milk or on their own. And it is up to you whether you share them with others :)