January 18, 2012

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

As you know, I hate chocolate, but I need a good chocolate chip cookie recipe in my arsenal because everyone else in the world loves them.  I received a request from my mom for dark chocolate chip cookies with walnuts, so I turned to my trusted friend allrecipes.com and then slightly modified the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.

My dad was visiting while I made these cookies, and he was sampling cookies that had the least number of chocolate chips, which is exactly what I would do.  So I made another batch, this time only half with chocolate chips, the remainder with just walnuts and they were fantastic!

Pictured below are the chocolate chip cookies on top, and the walnut-only cookies on bottom.  This recipe is great because you can divide the dough in half and please both chocolate lovers and haters.

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes (each batch)

Ingredients (6 dozen)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10oz chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a stand mixer bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Next, beat in the eggs, one at a time, then mix in the vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Then slowly add flour mixture to stand mixer bowl, with mixer on low speed, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Finally, add chocolate chips and nuts, mixing just until combined. At this point the dough will be thick, and may come over the sides of your stand mixer bowl, in which case you'll need to finish stirring by hand.
  • Use a small Oxo scoop (2 teaspoons) to drop cookies onto ungreased baking sheets. Then bake for 10-11 minutes, or until the edges are browned. After removing from the oven, leave cookies on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack.
Recipe adapted from: Best Chocolate Chip Cookies on allrecipes.com.
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