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Chocolate Chip Cookies



When I was a little girl, so many of my favorite memories involved baking with my family. Parents, grandparents, siblings, and cousins, anyone and everyone. One of my favorite things to bake was (and still is!) chocolate chip cookies using my dad's famous recipe. This recipe seriously makes the most heavenly cookies in the world. 

Sometimes I will add variations like coconut, walnuts, or toffee bits. Around the holidays I will swap the vanilla for peppermint extract and add in chopped Andes mint chocolate bits in place of half of the amount of chocolate chips. I know it sounds really odd, but they are amazing! 



Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Ingredients:

2 sticks butter, unsalted and softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 c flour

Chocolate chips
Plus any add-in's you want! (I am adding some coconut to mine!)

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Beat butter on a medium speed on your mixmaster or handheld mixer. Add in either granulated sugar or brown sugar. Mix well and then add the other. Beat on medium-high for two to three minutes, or until creamy.
3. Add in the vanilla. Traditional recipes will tell you to use only 1 teaspoon of vanilla, but I love it and find that adding another teaspoon really enhances the flavor.
4. Combine the salt, baking soda, and flour in a separate bowl.
5. Stir in dry ingredients or mix in on a very low setting (can be quite messy otherwise).
6. Stir in chocolate chips. I recommend that you stir them in because the chocolate chips can hurt the beater of your mixmaster or handheld mixer. Add as many as you want! 
7. Add in any mix ins that you have!
8. Drop rounded spoonfuls onto non-stick cookie sheets.

9. Bake 5-7 minutes. I alway under bake my cookies a little bit on purpose because they last longer. I normally take them out when the edges are just about to brown, but haven't quite yet.

10. Let them cool on the cooking sheet for about 5-10 minutes then use a metal spatula, pop 'em off, get yourself some hot chocolate and enjoy!

The ones below are decorated for the holiday season.



Drizzled with melted chocolate and some holiday sprinkles