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Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Loving this recipe for simple, just plain good chocolate chip cookies. This is a great base recipe for adding M&Ms, white chips, nuts, and other yummy stuff!

Ok, so…. confession: the Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiment is sort of becoming a blur of chocolate chips. Never ending chocolate chips. Like…. alllllllllll the chocolate chips in the world.

And, believe it or not, I’m not tired of the chocolate chip cookies. It’s just that I’m starting to have a hard time remembering them and ranking them in my mind. Most chocolate chip cookies are pretty similar in their basic make-up. But even little changes can make a difference between a pretty-good-cookie and the-best-cookie, which is the whole point of trying all these cookies– to find the exactly perfect recipe, right down to the last, miniscule detail.

Sometimes, though… I can’t really remember the subtle differences. So you’ll have to forgive me if my descriptions of the cookies start to blur together. A lot of them are pretty similar. Plus, I’m living in a perma-pregnancy brain fog.

Loving this recipe for simple, just plain good chocolate chip cookies. This is a great base recipe for adding M&Ms, white chips, nuts, and other yummy stuff!

Having said all that… I thought it might be a good idea to rank my top 5 favorites so far for you guys (if you’re interested in all of the chocolate chip cookie recipes I’ve tried so far, click here). When I look back through the pictures, I can remember which ones I loved and which ones I loved….. er…. less. Enough to at least rank 5 of them anyway :)

#1 DoubleTree Hotel Cookies

#2 AllRecipes.com #1 Ranked Chocolate Chip Cookie

#3 Food Network Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies (this post)

#4 Martha Stewart Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

#5 AllRecipes.com Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies (the recipe that surprisingly booted these NY Times Quintessential Cookies out of my faves)

Loving this recipe for simple, just plain good chocolate chip cookies. This is a great base recipe for adding M&Ms, white chips, nuts, and other yummy stuff!

Did you notice that these cookies made my top 5 ranking? #3 to be exact!

Truthfully, there is nothing particularly special about this Food Network recipe for chocolate chip cookies. They’re very similar to the AllRecipes.com #1 recipe. But I still feel like they’re worth ranking towards the top, because it really is such a good, solid, and simple recipe. It should yield you a perfectly perfect batch of cookies every time without much fuss. And it’s a GREAT cookie that will hold up well to any additional mix-ins like M&Ms, peanut butter cups, nuts, and all sorts of other yummy things.

They’re soft in the middle, bake up to a perfect golden brown around the edges, and hold just the right amount of chocolate chips. You could play with this recipe a lot and always come out on the right side of things, for sure– a great staple recipe to keep tucked in your back pocket!

I hope you enjoy this week’s installment of MORE chocolate chip cookies as much as we did :)

 

Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies

They're soft in the middle, bake up to a perfect golden brown around the edges, and hold just the right amount of chocolate chips. You could play with this recipe a lot and always come out on the right side of things, for sure-- a great staple recipe to keep tucked in your back pocket!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened to room temp

3/4 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon table salt

12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Beat together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes on medium-high speed).

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between each addition. Mix in the vanilla.

Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until dough forms.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Scoop two tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Place on the baking sheet, keeping dough balls about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 10 minutes. Transfer immediately to wire rack for cooling.

 

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

7 comments on “Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. so many delicious ccc’s!!! And another reason I need to try the doubletree recipe!

  2. I can totally!!!! see where weeks/months later, the subtle nuances are just too subtle to really remember unless that particular cookies was just a showstopper. And combine what with some pregnancy brain, and I can see where it’s a cookie blur :)

    I have loved this whole series and I really like that you ranked your top 5 AND that this post/these cookies are #3! Sometimes the simple recipes are the best ones!

  3. I admire your persistence in testing all of these recipes. I love a simple chocolate chip cookie. I’m so glad you shared this recipe with us!

  4. Thank you for doing all this cookie research for us. You are saving my waistline. Sort-of.

  5. It’s impossible to get tired of chocolate chip cookies, at least for me. And for me, the simple ones are the best. Yum.

  6. When you’re all done, can you do the ULTIMATE cc cookie ranking for us? Or is that too demanding of me? :) But you see, I really care about how it all turns out. A lot.

  7. Wow you are doing a great job with all of these chocolate chip cookies.  I can totally see where it would start to get confusing!!  Keep up the good work! :)  Can’t wait to see which one you like the best at the end.

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