Chocolate Chip Cookies



The smell of cookies baking is something not to be missed. I never baked cookies at home. We always bought them from the store. Recently I went into this baking spree and wanted to try everything that can be baked. This was one of my initial things to try and tasting the way they turned out, I have been baking cookies at home ever since. They are nothing when compared to the store bought ones. You have to try out to know the difference.

ChocolateChipCookies


Total Time: 30-40 min (including baking time)
Makes: 5 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup / 2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I use 1 cup as we don't prefer so may chips)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
  2. In a large bowl/stand-mixer, mix together both sugars, butter, and vanilla extract, beating until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time beating in-between. Beat for 1-2 min.
  4. Mix in the flour, baking soda and salt slowly, beating continuously. Finally mix in the chips.
  5. Use a spoon to scoop 1 1/4" balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2" between them on all sides; they'll spread.
  6. Bake the cookies on top rack of your oven for 10 to 11 minutes, till their edges are chestnut brown and their tops are light golden brown. If you want them chewy and soft - bake for 10 min and if you want them crispy - bake for 11-12 min. Remove them from the oven, and cool on the pan till they've set enough to move without breaking. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Tips

When I started making cookies I always got my cookies burnt. I tried it 2-3 times and they would always burn. If I cook for lesser time, the tops were not cooked completely and when cooked for the specified time, the bottoms were burnt. Then I came across these airbake cookie sheets by WearEver which I tried and was amazed by the way they cooked. No more burnt cookies.

Here's a link to where it can be bought from. There are various sizes available but I like these 20-inch ones as they fit my oven completely avoiding any space wastage.

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