The classic chocolate chip cookie is one of the best tasting cookies you can make with little effort. But for whatever reason—possibly because of the easily accessible readymade dough at the grocery store, or maybe because someone else is always making them—I haven’t made plain chocolate chip cookies myself in years. But recently, with our church bake sale coming up, I decided it was time to make my own. The recipe I went with was one from Joy of Cooking, because I liked the name: “Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies.” Classic sounds a lot more interesting than plain.
And man, were these cookies yummy. They spread a fair bit and taste both chewy and soft. This is the only cookie I’ve made this year that everyone in the house wanted to eat—adults and kids alike.
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies from Joy of Cooking
Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets. Whisk together thoroughly:
1 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
Beat on medium speed until very fluffy and well blended:
8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
Add and beat until well combined:
1 large egg
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp vanilla
Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until well blended and smooth. Stir in:
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Drop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto the sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, until the cookies are just slightly colored on top and rimmed with brown at the edges, 8 to 10 minutes; rotate the sheet halfway through baking for even browning. Remove the sheet to a rack and let stand until the cookies firm slightly, about 2 minutes. Transfer the cookies to racks [or a tea towel or wax paper] to cool.