the ultimate chocolate chip cookie

There's something about classic, homemade chocolate chip cookies... they're a comfort food to an extreme. As a frequent baker, I tend to turn to them when I'm in a crunch to make something quickly.

Details:  Caphalon  insulated cookie sheet, Sur la Table exclusive  Silpat  baking mat

Details: Caphalon insulated cookie sheet, Sur la Table exclusive Silpat baking mat

Though I have two favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes, this quick and easy recipe never lets me down, and I thought I'd share. I managed to snap this photo on my iPhone, but the finished product vanished before I could take another picture. They only take about ten minutes total preparation time, and the Kitchenaid mixer saves a lot of stress.

Ten Minute Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (better yet... vanilla bean paste)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (good quality chocolate - I always reach for Guittard semisweet)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

  2. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets**

  3. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. 

**I would highly recommend investing in some insulated baking sheets and a Silpat or two. The baking sheets allow for an even temperature, so the cookies to bake evenly to chewy perfection, and the Silpat saves you the calories that you would have gained from the extra butter from greasing the sheet (as if people think about that when they're making cookies...). The Silpat also makes for WAY easier clean up, and it works for everything from cookies to roasted veggies.