I am getting to the point again when life it just so hectic, I can’t see beyond the next hour. I almost didn’t post tonight, but I remembered these cookies, and I actually smiled.
Chocolate chip cookies to me are like banana bread. They are a staple – everyone makes them – and everyone has their own favorite recipe or version. There was a period of time when I would use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour, or I would add an extra egg white to make them a little more chewy, or I would hand cut the chocolate for the chips – all different variations looking for that perfect one. What I realized is at the end of the day, they are all great – whatever recipe I used, they all turned out wonderful.
I was planning to bring this to a friend’s house – but there were 12 of us, and as I explained in the post, I didn’t have enough peaches to make a full recipe. So, at the last-minute I took out my trusty Martha Stewart Cookie Book, and decided to make a batch. They were incredible. So buttery and soft – jut like the title. With two sticks of butter, what else can you expect? If you are looking to make someone happy today – make them a batch of these – I promise it will put a smile on their face.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
Makes about 3 dozen.
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