RECIPE: Traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies

This week, we chose to go completely sweet. Whether you're indulging in ice-cream at a birthday party or enjoying coffee and cake with friends, desserts naturally bring people together. We chose to feature one classic dessert that's essential on the most important day of the year — your birthday — and another that's perfect for sharing around at a picnic or munching on to satisfy a midnight craving. Oftentimes, the simplest and most traditional desserts are the easiest to mess up. The following two recipes are here to ensure that your cake and cookies are almost up to Grandma’s standard.

 

Traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
These classic chocolate chip cookies are everything you’d expect from your childhood favourite. They're a little crispy around the edges, but soft and chewy in the center. And, what's better than that? There's so much chocolate you'll be licking your fingers after.
 
Chilling the cookies before baking will ensure that they all bake to the same size and don't spread too much while baking.
 
Yields: 50 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
(plus 24 hours to chill)
Bake Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
 
INGREDIENTS
 
1 pound butter, softened
8 ounces granulated sugar
12 ounces brown sugar
3 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons salt
1 pound 4 ounces all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup walnut pieces (optional)
 
DIRECTIONS
 
1 Using a hand mixer, cream butter and both sugars together for about 5 minutes on medium speed. The mixture should be light in colour and fluffy.
 
2 Add eggs, one at a time, mixing between each.
 
3 Stir in vanilla.
 
4 In a separate bowl, add dry ingredients together.
 
5 Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just evenly combined.
 
6 Add in chocolate chips and nuts and stir until evenly distributed.
 
7 Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place the dough into the fridge and allow to chill overnight.
 
8 Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
 
9 Scoop large tablespoons of dough leaving 2 inches between each. Bake at 15 minutes or until lightly golden.
 
10 Remove from the oven, sprinkle lightly with sea salt and allow a few minutes to cool on the tray.
 
11 Enjoy slightly warm with a glass of cold milk for maximum happiness.
 
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