These chocolate chip cookies are a dream CRUMB true!
When I think of my mom, I always think of the recipes she perfected in her lifetime. I think that as a parent, it’s key to have those meals and desserts that leave a lasting impression on your family.
Now that I’m a mom, I aim to do the same thing. I want to leave a legacy of recipes that my children and grandchildren will boast about.
A couple of years ago, I made it my goal to develop the best chocolate chip cookies… well, best for our family, at least.
What Kind of Cookies Do We Love?
Developing our family’s preferred chocolate chip cookies was quite the adventure. After (happily) testing a variety of cookies, we realized that we liked the chewier variety with a crispy edge.
What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies?
Chocolate chip cookies are a basic recipe that every household needs. Luckily, it doesn’t require any complicated ingredients. In fact, you likely have all the required ingredients in your pantry already!
For our family’s classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, you’ll need the following:
- Granulated Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Vanilla extract
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Soda
- Milk Chocolate Chips
Why Do You Add Butter to Chocolate Chip Cookies?
Butter makes it better! Shortening or butter are added to cookies to give them that perfect tender consistency.
For our family’s particular recipe, we use for softened butter. Many recipes call for melted butter, which results in a greasier cookie. I wanted to keep the structure a bit more sturdy for our batch, hence the softened option.
What Does Brown Sugar Do to Chocolate Chip Cookies?
Most recipes for classic chocolate chip cookies use a 1:1 ratio of granulated sugar to brown sugar. Brown sugar’s role in cookies is keeping the treat’s softness, allowing for that classic “gooey” texture.
I was a little heavy-handed with the brown sugar for our recipe. However, I made sure to keep a close eye on the granulated sugar and its measurements. It’s all about structure, and I didn’t want an extremely floppy cookie.
How to Make Our Family’s Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Okay, enough cookie talk – time to roll up our sleeves and make cookies! Here’s our recipe:
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- 6 tbsp granulated sugar
- ½ cup + 2 tbsp brown sugar packed
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and both sugars.
- Add egg and vanilla and mix all ingredients together.
- In a separate bowl, sift together all dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and salt.
- Slowly add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix together until cookie dough forms.
- Use a spatula to fold in the chocolate chips.
- Wrap cookie dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (however, more is better!). If you're in a rush, you can place it in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Once the cookie dough is done chilling, remove from the fridge/freezer and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll out cookie dough into 1 inch spheres. Place gently on the baking sheet, keeping them about an inch and a half apart from each other. You should be able to fit 12 on a standard-sized baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Serve with milk and enjoy!
What do you think of our family’s chocolate chip cookies? Leave your comments and suggests below!