William and I love to bake together. As I type this, I’m eyeing the brown bananas on my counter with glee, knowing that some banana bread is in our future. Baking is our special time. We measure and mix, chatting the whole time and just enjoying each other.
One of our favorites to bake is chocolate chip cookies. I don’t know what it is about this particular recipe, but it always gets rave reviews!
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 12 oz package of chocolate chips
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter (I prefer salted, but it’s up to you and your taste buds), granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. This is a great time to add any additional ingredients- I love to add oatmeal! Drop on to ungreased baking sheets.
Pro tip: This is one of the best wedding gifts Jeff & I received. It’s a cookie scoop from Crate & Barrel. I love it!
BAKE until golden brown. I bake mine for 8 1/2 minutes, but generally anywhere from 9-11 is perfect. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes; remove and put on wire baking racks to finish cooling.
Then hide them all because they go FAST.