11 December 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookies


Christmas is just a few weeks away and the baking has begun.  I love holiday baking and to me that means cookies, usually the fancy festive kind. All the same, last weekend I found myself baking what may be the most common variety of cookie in the world... Chocolate Chip Cookies.

And why not? These universal pleasers are quick and easy to put together from ingredients many people have on hand.  While on the homely side, these cookies are well loved and bring a smile to almost every face.

Hot from the oven they satisfied my family and a room full of guests who come with a variety of food preferences.  They may not be the prettiest cookies that ever graced a holiday buffet but more often than not they will be gone so fast that no one will notice.



Chocolate Chip Cookies
From the back of the Ghiradelli bag

2¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
¾ cup brown sugar, packed
¾ cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar and white sugar until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs beating them into the butter mixture one at a time until incorporated.

Gradually add dry mixture into creamed mixture.Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if desired).

Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve warm, if possible.

Enjoy!

4 comments:

Ivy said...

Pretty plate in the first pic.

Cathy said...

I've used this recipe for years and love it! There just isn't a more delicious cookie.

grace said...

a chocolate chip cookie is never as good as it is the first few minutes after vacating the oven. methinks that's what heaven must be like. :)

Danielle said...

I love chocolate chip cookies, I think they're perfect for christmas(: But maybe peppermint chips would make them more chiristmacy.