This weekend, we celebrated a VIB (very important birthday)!! It was Dave’s Dad’s birthday, who happens to be one of my top taste testers when it comes to sweets. He loves it all and is always willing to try any dessert I bring over. I have been on a mission to try to find the best chocolate chip cookie recipe so I decided his birthday was the perfect time to try a new one out.
This 5-Star rated Southern Living Recipe was simple and I didn’t even have to go to the store… all of the ingredients were already here in my house! You can’t ask for much more.
All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies, adapted from Southern Living 2008
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 (12-oz.) package white chocolate morsels
1/2 (12-oz.) packages semisweet chocolate morsels
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugars at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Add eggs and 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, beating until blended.
2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended. Beat in morsels just until combined. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
3. Bake at 350° for 10 to 14 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Remove to wire racks, and cool completely (about 15 minutes). **Note: Bake 10 minutes for a soft and chewy cookie or up to 14 minutes for a crisp cookie.
I baked ours for about 11-12 minutes so they were just browning on the sides but were still going to be chewy in the middle. They were delicious! I think I liked the super-vanilla chocolate chip cookie I made a little while ago better, but these were fabulous. Also, the original recipe claimed to have made 5 dozen cookies, and I got about 2.5 or 3 dozen.
The original recipe also included several different variations that I had to share with you… they all sound so good! What to try next?
Flavor Cravings: All sorts of goodies can be added to Rebecca’s recipe to create other signature cookies. Here are a few of our staff favorites.
Chocolate Chip-Pretzel Cookies: Prepare recipe as directed, beating in 2 cups coarsely crushed pretzel sticks with morsels.
Cranberry-White Chocolate Cookies: Substitute 1 (12-oz.) package white chocolate morsels, 1 (6-oz.) package sweetened dried cranberries, and 1 cup pistachios for chocolate morsels. Proceed as directed.
White Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Cookies: Prepare recipe as directed, beating in 1 (7-oz.) bag white chocolate-covered mini pretzel twists, coarsely crushed, with morsels.
Almond-Toffee Cookies: Substitute 6 (1.4-oz.) chopped chocolate-covered toffee candy bars and 1 1/2 cups toasted slivered almonds for chocolate morsels. Proceed as directed.
Turtle Cookies: Substitute 1 (7-oz.) package milk chocolate-caramel-pecan clusters, coarsely chopped, and 1 (12-oz.) package dark chocolate morsels for semisweet chocolate morsels. Proceed as directed. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Nestlé Turtles.
Nutty Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies: Decrease salt to 1/2 tsp. Decrease morsels to 1 (12-oz.) package. Add 1 cup creamy peanut butter with butter and sugars, and add 1 cup lightly salted peanuts with morsels. Increase flour to 2 1/2 cups plus 2 Tbsp. Proceed as directed. (Dough will look a little moist.)