Thursday, December 19, 2013

Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies

- 1 cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
 -1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt 
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 – 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, or chunks, peanut butter, mixture of whatever is on hand
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
 Cream butter and both sugars for 2-3 minutes at medium to medium-high speed, until very light in color. Scrape down the bowl and add eggs and vanilla. Beat for 2-3 more minutes. Add all dry ingredients (except chocolate) and mix until just mixed. Pour in chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed.
Form cookie balls about 2 tablespoons in size (I used my cookie scoop) and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and tops are starting to brown a bit.
Remove from oven. note: when you take the pan out of the oven, drop it straight down, flat onto the counter to force the cookies to suddenly settle. This makes for good texture and a handsome-looking cookie. Let cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, then slide the parchment paper/Silpat to a non-pourous surface to complete cooling.

Recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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