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Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Welcome to our classic and comforting dessert recipes section! Today, we’re sharing a timeless recipe for Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies are soft, chewy, and loaded with chocolate chips, making them perfect for any occasion. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 sticks real butter, softened
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Walnut pieces (optional, quantity up to you)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Dough

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. Cream Butter and Sugars: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, sugar, and packed brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add Eggs and Vanilla: Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract until well combined.
  4. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Mix Dry and Wet Ingredients: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined.
  6. Fold in Chocolate Chips and Walnuts: Gently fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips and walnut pieces (if using) until evenly distributed.

Step 2: Bake the Cookies

  1. Scoop Dough: Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  2. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the centers are set.
  3. Cool: Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 3: Serve

  1. Serve and Enjoy: Once the cookies are completely cool, transfer them to a serving platter. Enjoy your Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies with a glass of milk or your favorite beverage!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Butter: Ensure the butter is softened but not melted for the best texture.
  • Mixing: Do not overmix the dough once the flour is added to keep the cookies tender.
  • Baking Time: Adjust the baking time depending on your oven and preference for chewy or crispy cookies.

Variations

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Replace 1/2 cup of flour with 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder for a rich chocolate flavor.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Replace 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of old-fashioned oats for a chewy texture.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Replace the semi-sweet chocolate chips with white chocolate chips and add 1 cup of chopped macadamia nuts.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Add 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter to the dough for a delicious peanut butter twist.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make the dough ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the dough ahead of time. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before scooping and baking.

How do I store leftover cookies?

Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Can I freeze the cookie dough?

Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough. Scoop the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet. Freeze until solid, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. Bake from frozen, adding an extra 1-2 minutes to the baking time.

What can I serve with these cookies?

These cookies are delicious on their own but can also be served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, or a glass of milk.

How can I make the cookies healthier?

Use whole wheat flour, reduce the amount of sugar, and use dark chocolate chips to make the cookies healthier.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies are a classic and comforting treat that’s perfect for any occasion. With their soft and chewy texture and delicious chocolate flavor, they’re sure to be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy making and sharing these delicious cookies with your loved ones!

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