This is the recipe that I used to make a bunch of cookies that were such a hit on Twitter, some of my Tweeps wanted it! So, here it is. It’s from the back of a Ghirardelli chocolate bag, so of course it calls for Ghirardelli chocolate! I used half Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate and half Nestle Tollhouse milk chocolate (because Ghriardelli semi-sweet is cheaper than Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate!!). And they were delicious. Are. Err. Were. DETAILS.
Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 & 1/4 cups unsifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (two sticks) butter, softened (I was lazy and replaced some of this with Canola oil, since I didn’t want to soften more butter [I only had 3/4 of a cup] and it worked great. So, if you’re lazy…)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 brown sugar, packed
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips (again, I used half semi-sweet and half milk chocolate, simply because I like the mixture of the two tastes, and I don’t like to have too sweet of a cookie)
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans is recommended) (optional; I myself did not include nuts)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (I did it on 350 on accident [oops] but my cookies turned out fabulous).
2. Stir flour with baking soda and salt, and then set aside.
3. Beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy (I ended up needing to go to the “whip” setting on my mixer to get it creamy, but perhaps that’s because it was part butter and part oil?).
4. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, mixing in on a low speed.
5. Gradually blend flour mixture into the creamed butter and sugary goodness (okay, my words, not the recipe’s).
6. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
7. Drop in rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.
8. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown (because I baked them at 350, not 375, I baked my cookies for 11 minutes, and they ended up being perfect. I love my cookies with crunchy bottoms and sides but a warm, soft middle; cooking at 350 for 11 minutes worked marvelously. Of course, every oven is different, so you’ll have to experiment! But that was my experience.)
The recipe says it’s supposed to yield about 4 dozen cookies, but I only managed to get three dozen and three cookies. Not that I’m complaining, big cookies are good.