Sunday, May 20, 2012

My Tips For Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today is my 17th wedding anniversary 
to Cookie Monster!

What do I do to celebrate?
 I bake him a batch of chocolate chip cookies of course!

I have baked too many batches of chocolate chip cookies to count!  My husband and I tried to figure it out, we are guessing around 21,000, give or take a few. Yes, that many cookies. 99% of the time I use the Toll House recipe.  I can make them in my sleep.  I haven't had to look at the recipe for 20 years. I've been baking them since I was 11 years old.  I made them in jr. high, high school, and then in college, where I met my husband.  

My friends always ask how my cookies always turn out so thick, not flat, and remain so I decided to share how I make them, step by step.  I do a few different things ~ I add extra flour  (1/4 cup more), and bake them at 350 degrees F.  I mix everything by hand.  I use ONE large bowl.  I only use real butter softened at room temperature and always use fresh baking soda. Once you add the dry ingredients, it's important NOT TO OVER MIX!  

Click here for the Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

Prefect Chocolate Chip Cookies Every Time 

 (Toll House recipe slightly adapted):


2 sticks of Salted Butter/Softened at room temperature = 1 cup 
3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar - press brown sugar down when measuring
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
2 Large Eggs
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 cups of All-Purpose Flour (Do Not Sift)
1 teaspoon Baking Soda (Make sure it's fresh- old baking soda can cause flat cookies)
1 teaspoon Salt
12 oz package of Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until they are smooth/creamy.  Next, add eggs and vanilla.  Blend well, until smooth/creamy.  Now add flour, then salt and baking soda on top - mix until all the dry ingredients are just blended - Do Not Over Mix! Last, add chocolate chips.  Fold the chocolate chips into the dough, until just blended.  Do not over mix the chocolate chips with the dough.  Place heaping round tablespoons of dough on a ungreased cookie sheet, approximately one inch apart.   I use The Pampered Chef's Medium size scooper for the dough, it's the perfect size and I never have to touch the dough ~ love that!  Place cookies in the oven on middle rack and bake for 9-11 minutes, depending on your oven.   Bake until cookies turn a light golden brown.   Remove, place cookies on rack to cool. Recipe makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.  ENJOY! 

Step by Step picture tutorial for the cookie dough:

Never flat, always good!

Off to grab a cold class of milk and enjoy a few cookies!

Thanks so much for Stopping by!


It's All Connected said...

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing your tried and true recipe! ~ Maureen

Natalie said...

Aw that is a gorgeous photo. I have a very similar recipe that I make all the time, and can freeze. So I roll into a long "sausage" and wrap in wax paper and freeze - when the supplies are running low I can just slice a few cookies and bake. Great for lunch boxes .
Happy Anniversary lovely xxxxx

Mary ~ said...

Thank you so much, Maureen! Hope you're having a great weekend. I'll be by to see your recent posts! Cheers to you!

Mary ~ said...

You are too kind - thank you, Nat!

I don't know if the cookie dough would make it to the freezer - when I say I married Cookie Monster, I'm not kidding! My little one can't eat the Toll House cookies because they had's mainly my husband and our friends that gobble them up!

Thanks again, for our anniversary, we're doing yard work! Fun Fun Fun!!!

Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop said...

Happy Anniversary! I have to say in the pic you remind me of Ashley Judd! As for the cookies they look amazing. Mr. B is is in love with the "Knock You Naked Brownies" now I know when I get in trouble to make a batch and all will be well and good. LOL

Mary ~ said...

Thank you, Lisa - and don't I wish I looked like her!!!

I really need to try the "Knock You Naked Brownies" soon. I'm worried I'll lose all my self control and eat them all. Unlike chocolate chip cookies, brownies are one of my weaknesses!

Elena @ La Petite Vie said...

Happy Happy Anniversary Mary!!! 17 years is beyond AMAZING!!! I must try out your tricks, chocolate chip cookies are one thing I can NOT sad but true. My husband is confused by this and loves all desserts so I really need to try your recipe out, thanks lil lady! Cheers to you and your man!

Mary ~ said...

Thank you, Elena, so sweet! That's too funny! Hope you have a great weekend. I can't believe May is almost over...I'm ready for summer!