The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Thanks to eight bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, chocolate-loving, impish-smiling, rambunctious boys in our class at church every Sunday, I found myself scouring the Internet frantically one Saturday night, trying to find the perfect chocolate chip cookies. In our home, Aaron is the baker, and is actually quite good at cookies. This time, however, I was determined to try it out. I was convinced I would have to try several times before I got it right. In fact, I was so convinced that I doubled the recipe. To my utter disbelief, these perfect chocolate chip cookies turned out....err...perfect! You gotta try them!

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled lightly
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper and keep them ready.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, white sugar and brown sugar until well-blended.
  4. Beat in vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
  5. Roll a half-cup of dough into a ball. Holding the dough ball in your fingertips of both hands, pull it apart into two equal halves. Rotate it ninety degrees, facing the jagged surfaces up and place the smooth side down on the cookie sheet..
  6. Bake, turning around the cookie sheets halfway through baking, until the cookies are light brown and outer edges start to harden but centers are still soft and puffy.
  7. Cool the cookies on the cookie sheet until you can lift one off without breaking it.
Don't forget to MELT the butter, first. Then, remember to let it get slightly cooled at room temperature before adding it to the bowl. 
Remember to always bake EXTRA! You are going to need it. Just trust me.


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