Classic Soft-Baked Cookies That Both Kids and Adults Will Love
Whether you're a kid or an adult, there's something really comforting about a warm chocolate chip cookie and a tall glass of milk. This one-bowl recipe produces the cookies of your youth: soft, chewy on the inside and studded with beautiful, melty chocolate chips. With round, easy-to-remember ingredient measurements and no freezing required, these cookies are also simple to throw together when you need dessert in a pinch, making them a great potluck addition or lunchbox staple. This recipe also adapts well to variations, additions and substitutions, so feel free to try granulated sugar instead of brown, a shortening/butter mixture instead of all butter or a substitution of half whole-wheat pastry flour to add some whole grain.
Total Time: 20 minutes | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 12 (makes 24-36 cookies)
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Heat the oven to 350 F. Prepare two or three baking sheets by coating them with sheets of parchment paper.
- In a large, deep bowl, cream the sugar and butter together with an electric mixer for 1 to 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the bowl. On medium speed, mix again for 1 minute or until the eggs and vanilla are completely incorporated into the batter.
- Add the baking powder, baking soda, flour and salt to the bowl. On low speed, mix just until incorporated and no dry streaks remain.
- Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough generously into rounded balls. Space the balls of dough evenly on the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least 2 inches of space between them.
- Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown at the edges. Let the cookies cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
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Carly Schuna has been freelance writing and editing for more than a decade. In the lifestyle sector, her specialty areas are wellness, food/drink, and entertaining. With hundreds of recipes and nutrition-focused articles in her portfolio, Carly loves helping readers put a healthy spin on classics in the kitchen without sacrificing taste.