Recipe Idea: The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Hi. It’s Lois in the kitchen at Recipe Idea Shop, talking about the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies (that aren’t gluten free). My husband Don is a purist. He thinks you should always use natural ingredients when you cook. He would never use margarine in anything, especially cookies. Generally, I agree with him, and I use butter instead of margarine.
But for the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, I often use margarine because I think it makes the cookies fluffy. When I use butter in these cookies, they flatten out; I like my cookies to be bigger and chewier. The secret is to use cold margarine (or butter) and undercook the cookies a little bit. That is, take them out before they turn brown, when they just have a tinge of brown on them. Then they will be chewy.
This recipe is similar to the Nestle Tollhouse Cookie recipe on the chocolate morsels’ package, but I change the ratio of sugar. I like brown sugar better than granulated sugar. If you prefer Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, try Chewy Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. Don and I both love these (and so do the grandkids).
If you are planning to do much baking, I recommend you get Calphalon Jelly Roll pans instead of “cookie sheets.” Cookie sheets don’t have an edge on them and you can’t use them for cakes or other cooking. A Jelly Roll pan is more versatile. And Calphalon has a terrific non-stick surface.
Calphalon Cooling Racks are also helpful (I love mine!), but you can cool your cookies on paper bags that you cut open and lay flat, so they aren’t critical. Whatever you buy, get the best product you can afford.
Read on for recipe and nutrition…
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) cold margarine (or butter)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 (12-ounce) package NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
- Preheat oven to 375F degrees. In a large bowl, cream the margarine, sugars, eggs, and vanilla. The margarine will not be creamed entirely; it will be cut into tiny pieces. Add the salt and baking soda. Mix. Add the flour, one cup at at time, and mix thoroughly. Add the chocolate chips and mix well.
- Use a soup spoon to measure the cookies. Using a heaping spoonful, drop the cookies about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.
- There is no need to grease the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are beginning to brown slightly.
- If you take them out at this time, they will be chewy. Or, if you prefer crunchy cookies, bake them until they are entirely brown (2-3 minutes more than for chewy cookies).