Isn’t it the classic things that create the most debate? It’s those favorite, tried and true recipes that immediately trigger good memories and make us think, “Now that’s the only way to make _____.” Fill in the blank with your family’s most-requested meal, or holiday side dish, or sweet treat, and you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. That’s the deal for these family favorite chocolate chip cookies.
Before you get baking, please know that I’m not trying to mess with a good thing if you’re feeling particularly partial to your own chosen cookie! But, I don’t think you’ll be the least bit disappointed with this spin on a classic. I make a huge batch as part of my brother’s Christmas and birthday gift every year. It’s a given, and I’m always slightly shocked at how quickly he can dust off nearly three dozen cookies.
This is also the perfect recipe to double (which I do quite often). Put half of the batch in the freezer so that on a particularly dreary day, you can pop some dough in the oven for a pick-me-up alongside a cup of strong coffee. Or, pile them high on a plate and head to your neighbor’s for a perfect front door surprise.
Here’s the recipe for these family favorite chocolate chip cookies.
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg (room temperature)
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extra
- 2 cups unbleached white all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. table salt
- 1/2 bag mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (more or less to your liking)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a stand mixture with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars.
- Once incorporated, add in a room temperature egg and teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to the mixing bowl (try 1/2 cup at a time to start) until the mixture resembles cookie dough.
- Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
- Use a 1/2-inch cookie scoop, or about 2 teaspoons worth of dough to form cookies, and place on baking sheet (I always find that my cookies turn out better when using a silicone baking mat!)
- Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges but soft in the middle.
- Last step: try not to eat every last one of these chocolate chip cookies before you can share!
Recipe slightly adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.