7 BASIC Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies
I LOVE chocolate chip cookies. They are without a shadow of a doubt my all time favorite treat. I only really eat them as a treat though because my most favorite kind of chocolate chip cookies are the ones made with butter, sugar and flour. I have tried many healthy versions and to be honest they are all good, but when I am seriously craving a chocolate chip cookie, then the traditional recipe is the one for me.
This yummy easy chocolate chip cookie recipe can be doubled (why not eh?) and frozen to bake at a later date when in a chocolate chip cookie crisis! To use the frozen dough, take it out a few hours or even the night before and keep in fridge until you are ready to bake.
Chocolate chip cookies are one of the best cookie recipes you can make, and this easy cookie recipe is just the one to have on your list of favorite cookie recipes. This easy cookies recipe uses seven basic recipe ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen pantry, so you can make it whenever you have the craving for something sweet. With a good chocolate chip recipe you know it will always turn out, and there is no need for special ingredients, tools or tricks to enjoy this easy dessert recipe. Whether you need an easy cookie recipe or the best chocolate chip cookie recipe for a picnic, potluck or a dessert recipe, this is easily one of the best chocolate chip cookies you can try. You can also sprinkle the top of these easy cookies with some sea salt flakes which will help to bring out the flavor of the dark chocolate chips.
When it comes to making easy cookie recipes and dessert recipes, there are a couple of tips to follow that will help to ensure recipe success every time. For starters, if the eas cookie recipe calls for room temperature butter you want to be sure and use room temperature butter. If you use cold butter when you cream together the sugars and butter, it won't cream properly, and the recipe won't turn out the way you want. Room temperature butter helps to aerate the butter and will help to lighten the cookie mix. And you may think that you can microwave the butter to get it to room temperature, but you have to be careful and do it in fifteen-minute increments. Otherwise, you may melt the butter, and that will also have an undesired effect. Your best bet is to take the butter out of the fridge or freezer the night before you are going to make this easy cookies recipe. On warm days you can take the butter out of the fridge two or three hours ahead of time, and the butter will come to room temperature. This easy cookie tip is one of the most important things to remember when making cookies.
Another thing to remember if you are hoping to make the best chocolate chip cookies recipe is to use butter and not substitute margarine in its place. Butter will make all of the difference in your easy cookie recipes because the butter will give the cookies more flavor, and because of its high-fat content it helps to improve the texture of baked goods. Margarine, on the other hand, has more water and less fat in the mix, and this, in turn, will make your cookies thinner and more spread out while baking. Using good quality ingredients as suggested in the ingredient list will help to ensure this easy cookie recipe is just the way you like.
When trying to make the best chocolate chip cookie, you also want to make sure that your other ingredients are room temperature too. In the case of this seven basic ingredients easy cookie recipe, you want the butter at room temperature and the egg at room temperature. For easy cookie recipes that have liquid such as milk or cream, you want these at room temperature also. This is because if the cold egg hits the soft butter, the butter will then firm up and the final texture of the cookie will inevitably be changed. So when the easy cookie recipe calls for room temperature ingredients you want to make sure and follow the recipe. Otherwise, your recipe won't turn out the way you had hoped.
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup salted butter at room temperature, 1 stick
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup + 2 tsp granulated sugar
1 large egg at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
1. Add flour and baking soda to a mixing bowl and whisk for 15 seconds to incorporate and make them fluffy.
2. To the bowl of a stand mixer, add softened butter and both sugars. Beat with paddle attachment for about 2 minutes, until mixture is smooth and fluffy.
3. Add egg and vanilla, beat on LOW speed until combined.
4. Add flour, half the mixture at a time, beating on LOW speed until JUST combined after each addition. Don't overmix, or your cookies won't be soft and tender.
5. Add chocolate chips and stir together with a wooden spoon.
6. Cover bowl and chill for at least 30 minutes.
7. A few minutes before you want to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
8. Use a large cookie scoop (or a 1/4 cup filled about 2/3 of the way), scoop round balls of dough onto parchment paper about 2 inches apart.
9. Press a couple chocolate chips into the tops of the balls of dough, and bake about 10-12 minutes, or until edges are lightly golden brown and tops of cookies look a little underdone. (mine took 11 minutes).
10. OPTIONAL: Sprinkle top of baked cookies with some sea salt flakes.
11. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.