Thursday, December 18, 2008
My Dad's Chocolate Chip Cookies
My dad makes (no bias, of course) the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever had. Here's the recipe and Dad's technique.
2 sticks (1 c) butter, softened
3/4 c white sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 to 3 cups flour
3 c (or 1.5 12 oz bags) chocolate chips
I use a Kitchen Aid, but you can also hand mix of course. Cream together butter and sugars for several minutes. If you are hand mixing, you would whip until you see air bubbles. I don't usually get this with the Kitchen Aid, but you want to mix this for a while so you get enough air in the mix.
Add eggs. Mix only until blended completely. Add vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Mix only until blended. Add flour, and mix only until blended. Depending on how melted the butter was, you might need closer to 3 c flour. Add chips and mix.
Spoon onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. I prefer to leave the center a little underdone and let them sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes after I pull them out of the oven.
For cookie bars:
Spread entire batch of dough into greased 9 x 13 glass pan. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until edges and top are golden brown. When you first pull this out the middle will probably still be underdone, but if you let it rest for at least 20-30 minutes it will firm up.
Serve with milk or ice cream and enjoy!