Growing up, my family didn’t buy cookies at the grocery store, we always baked them at home. I love to bake and have been making cookies since I was little. By the time my sister went off to college (and I was in 7th grade), I took over the weekly task of baking cookies for my family’s lunches. We have some pretty great family recipes for shortbread cookies, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter bars, oatmeal-raisin cookies and more!
Lots of people have asked me for my chocolate chip cookie recipe and while I’m sure this is a pretty a well-known recipe, I’ll share it for those who might be interested:
- 1 cup of butter (softened in the microwave for 40 seconds)
- 1 cup brown sugar*
- 1/2 cup (white) sugar*
Mix butter/sugar mixture well. Then add (mix as you add…)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I actually use white whole wheat flour)
- about a cup or so of semi-sweet chocolate chips (I never really measure, I just pour until it looks right)
Bake in a pre-heated oven (350 degrees F; 170 degrees C) for 9 minutes or until slightly brown around the edges.
*NOTE: The original recipe calls for 3/4 cup brown sugar and 3/4 cup white sugar. I tend to be generous when I put the brown sugar into a one cup measure and only have a little bit of white sugar at the top. That’s why I wrote 1 cup brown sugar above. This makes the cookie a bit softer/chewier. If you want a crisper cookie, you should probably stick to the original proportions.
Now my kids are starting to take over this family task (love the way the house smells when cookies are coming out of the oven!) Enjoy!!
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