My kids are quite the cookie bakers. Every time I turn around, one or the other is in the kitchen, whipping up a new batch.
One of my earliest bakers preferred making peanut butter cookies. Another favored snickerdoodles. But the current crop of kitchen helpers have been turning out dozens and dozens of chocolate chip cookies.
The recipe that follows is adapted from one my son found in an old Martha Stewart Baking book, one we’ve affectionately dubbed Children’s Choice Chocolate Chunk Cookies.
Best part? They turn out perfect every time. Not too cake-y. Not too gooey. Just mouth-wateringly delicious. Bet you can’t eat only one!
Ingredients for Children’s Choice Chocolate Chunk Cookies:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 sticks salted butter (room temp)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips/chunks
Directions for making Children’s Choice Chocolate Chunk Cookies:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together, then set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer (use cookie paddle attachment), beat the butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Add vanilla and egg, beating on low speed until well combined. Add flour mixture, mixing until just combined, then mix in chocolate chips/chunks.
Shape 2 heaping tablespoons into balls and place on cookie sheet approximately 1½ inches apart.
Bake 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool before serving. Leftover cookies (if any) can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the pantry for 3-4 days. (Good luck with that. These seldom last even 3-4 hours at our house!)
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