Whether you like your chocolate chip cookies soft and chewy or crisp and crumbly, today’s the day to whip up a batch. This year, up your baking game with our tips for 5 easy ways to improve your chocolate chip cookies, then check out our favorite recipe.
yield: Makes about 28 large (4 1/2-inch) cookies
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (16 ounces)
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Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment or wax paper.
Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
Beat together butter and sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Lightly beat 1 egg with a fork in a small bowl and add 1 3/4 tablespoons of it plus 2 remaining whole eggs to butter mixture, beating with mixer until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and mix in flour mixture until just blended, then stir in chips.
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Scoop 1/4 cup batter for each cookie, arranging mounds 3 inches apart, on 2 baking sheets. Flatten mounds into 3-inch rounds using moistened palm of your hand. Form remaining cookies on additional sheets of parchment.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, until golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool and continue making cookies in same manner using cooled baking sheets.
cooks’ note: Cooled cookies keep in an airtight container at room temperature 3 days.