The best chocolate chip cookies are soft, chewy and loaded with chocolate morsels and a hint of cinnamon. These are my family’s favorite cookies!
If you had to pick a favorite cookie, what would it be? I love cookies in general, especially around the holidays, but if I had to choose just one flavor, it would definitely, without a doubt be chocolate chip. And the other day I made, according to the kiddos, the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies ever! Of course, that’s our opinion, but honestly, they were pretty darn good!
I’ve been making chocolate chip cookies forever. My grandma made awesome ones every Christmas, and when I was old enough, I began making them on my own. I started out using the recipe on a bag of chocolate chips, but over the years it just evolved into something a little bit different.
I think just about everyone has a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Some like nuts, some don’t, and some like crispy cookies, while others like them soft and chewy.
And really, there’s no right or wrong way to make these wonderful treats. But personally, I like mine slightly crispy around the edges and soft in the middle, with loads of chocolate chips. And no nuts — no way. But with cinnamon and extra brown sugar — yes!
See, I’m super picky about this kind of cookie, and I honestly think the conditions have to be just right in order for them to turn out the way I like them. I could go on and on about this, and then, you’d have a nice book to read and a recipe at the very end. So, maybe someday I’ll get around to that.
And in the meantime, let’s just say that the butter can’t be too soft, and the batter has to be stiff, and the cookie sheets should be nice and cold. The rest is pretty much trial and error.
And in the end, you get a slightly crispy, slightly chewy, very chocolaty, warm, gooey cookie. These are amazing when dipped in a tall glass of cold milk or a hot mug of cocoa or even coffee. Yum!
Ingredients for Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup butter slightly softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- Sugar crystals or sprinkles for decorating (optional)
In medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda, and set aside.
In large bowl, cream the butter, sugars and vanilla extract together until soft.
Add the eggs, one at a time, then gradually add the flour mixture, and mix until completely blended. You can use a mixer for this.
Stir in the chocolate chips, and drop tablespoon-sized balls onto baking sheets, leaving about an inch between the dough balls.
Press down slightly for more even baking, and bake at 350 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes (depending on your oven), or until edges are just slightly brown.
Whenever I make chocolate chip cookies around the holidays, I add some sugar crystals or sprinkles just to make them look more festive. The rest of the time, I just leave the sprinkles off.
This batch of cookies is already history. We just finished the last of them today, but oh, those little morsels were good while they lasted! I’ll just have to make more.
So, what kind of cookie do you like best?
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