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Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are everything that we want: crisp on the edges, soft and chewy everywhere else, with a hint of salt and just enough warm, melty chocolate. They are great just moments from the oven, but the cookies are even chewier, with a more pronounced butterscotch flavor, after the dough sits overnight in the fridge (not the freezer). You add just under a cup of chocolate chips, but you can also customize each cookie by adding more chips, walnuts (YES. Or no) to each cookie, to please everyone. Which is exactly what these cookies will do.

Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

*MAKES ABOUT 30 COOKIES.

INGREDIENTS
1 cup melted salted butter (227g)
1 3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups All-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
more chocolate chips (optional)
chopped walnuts (optional)

TO MAKE
1. Cut up the butter and melt in the microwave to make 1 cup. Set aside to cool while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt in a bowl and whisk well to combine and break up any lumps.

3. In a larger bowl, mix the cooled, melted butter with the brown sugar, then add the egg and egg yolk and the vanilla. Mix until smooth.

4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined.

5. Stir in the chocolate chips. Place the dough in the fridge (not the freezer) for 30 minutes while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

6. Take tablespoonfuls of the dough and quickly shape into rounds and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Don’t make perfect balls with the dough and instead leave indentations using your thumb or the back of a spoon. Add more chocolate or tuck in walnuts to customise and if preferred.
chocolate chip cookies

7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Do not over bake. The cookies won’t spread much. So if you like a flatter cookie you can simply press them again with a spoon straight out of the oven. They will seem under-baked in the center, but we take them out at exactly ten minutes and transfer them to a plate. They set further while cooling. Anything beyond ten minutes in the oven and the cookies just aren’t as soft or chewy. Enjoy!

chocolate chip cookies

*Photos by Ina Amor Mejia.
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