Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have had a hankering for a good chocolate chip cookie for a long time.  I usually find there’s too much butter and they’re too crispy, or there’s not enough butter and they’re too healthy (who the hell wants to eat a healthy cookie anyways) or they puff up fluffy, they fall flat, they melt into silhouettes of Jesus, I burn myself on the oven making them, or they have ingredients I don’t have in my cupboards.  There could be one hundred other reasons why I don’t like them that day too, just depends on the mood I’m in.

Classic_Chocolate_Chippers

I finally found THE PERFECT chocolate chip cookie, soft on the inside and crisp on the edges with melty chocolate all over.  It’s wonderful on it’s own, or with oatmeal because I like oatmeal in my cookies too.  They were friend approved today, I’d attach shots of their faces but then they wouldn’t be my friends anymore if I did that so you’ll have to take my word for it.

In my quest for the perfect cookie, I have tried recipes from everywhere and everyone.  This one came out of the most uppity cookbook I have, Dessert of the Day by Kim Laidlaw.  It’s available from Williams-Sonoma and lists a rad dessert recipe for every day of the year.  I never actually thought it would have a basic cookie recipe in it so I didn’t bother looking but I was flipping through it on the weekend prepping for some upcoming holiday giving (that you should all stay tuned for because it’s going to be WAY TOO MUCH FUN) and I came across it so without further adieu SEE BELOW.

Classic Chocolate Chippers
Yield: 24 cookies

1 & 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup salted butter (the recipe calls for unsalted but I love salted butter and the added salt really enhances the flavour)
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips

OATMEAL VARIATION:
Substitute 1 & 1/2 cups flour for 1 cup flour and 1/3 cup quick cooking oats (I like steel cut, nice texture)

Preheat oven to 350F.  Cream together the butter and sugars.  Add the egg and the vanilla and mix together well.  Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix slowly until incorporated.  Add the chocolate chips.  Drop by small spoonfuls onto 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden.

Nothing better than a great chocolate chip cookie and a hot cup of tea with my Grandma’s china and teacups.  Kids have got it right, I forgot how much fun it was to play tea party.  Best, Kim.

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