Best Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies

By: Rosemary Mark

Ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) of butter softened
1 cup of packed brown sugar
2/3 cup of granulated sugar
2 large of eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
2 3/4 cups (12.5 ounces) of all-purpose flour (lightly spooned into level measuring cups)
1 (12 ounce) package of chocolate chips or 8 ounces coarsely chopped chocolate
1 cup of chopped walnuts optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat butter and sugars with electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes until mixture is very fluffy and turns several shades lighter in color.
  3. Beat in eggs, vanilla and baking soda for 1 minute, scraping sides of bowl.
  4. Mix in flour just until blended. Stir in chocolate and nuts if using.
  5. Drop dough by 2 tablespoonful scoops onto baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on pan then transfer with a spatula to a rack to cool completely.