How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

Learn how to make chocolate chip cookies and then experiment with adding mix ins. The first, classic recipe gives you chocolate chip cookie basics, then we give you ideas for how to customize it to your liking.

Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 cup unsalted butter
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 large egg
2 ¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Mix the butter, sugar, brown sugar and egg in one bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Then combine the two bowls, and stir in the vanilla extract and chocolate chips. On a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, drop a tablespoon of the cookie dough. Remember to keep each cookie about two inches away from one another.

Bake the cookies at 375 degrees in a preheated oven for about 8 to 10 minutes. Once they're done, let the cookies cool on a wire baking rack for another 10 minutes before serving.

Variations
For ultimate chocolate chip cookies, you can add a half cup of shredded, toasted coconut to the recipe or drop in ?" cup of raisins. Walnuts or pecans also increase the crunchy flavor to enhance the texture of the cookie.

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