One of my favorite cookies in the whole wide world are Chocolate Chip Cookies. Warm, right out of the oven, with a cup of tea after the kids are in bed…totally worth waiting until they fall asleep to bake. They’re quick…they’re easy…and they’re delicious.
The basic Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe is usually the best…no need to add extra this or that…except the odd egg-shell for added calcium.
In an attempt to save myself a dish to wash, I make the conscious decision to break my eggs directly into the mixer. Please do not do this… Why?? Well, let me tell you…when the mixer is going and you drop half an eggshell into the bowl, you hear an awful crunching that tells you that the egg-shell is being mixed into your cookie dough…as you scramble to grab the lever to turn your mixer off, you will accidentally flip it in the wrong direction, mixing that egg-shell throughout your dough uniformly…. after you finish cursing yourself out for making such a silly decision, you will attempt to pick out as much of the shell as you can. Being thankful for the little membrane that holds eggshells together. With a spatula, you’ll sift through, looking for more and more shells until you are satisfied that you got it all… wasting at least 10 extra minutes. (Would have taken 12 seconds to wash that bowl you were trying to avoid)… When your cookies are all done baking, you’ll let them sit, cooling slightly, then grab one to eat…the very first thing you will bite into is an egg-shell. Fingers crossed that was the one you missed.
Feel free to omit the eggshells.
For cookies ready when you want them, take half the recipe and freeze it for future use.
I usually bake around 15 cookies. That way I (and my kids) don’t eat too many all at once. I freeze the remaining cookie dough in balls on a cookie tray. Once they’re frozen I transfer them to baggies and they’re ready to bake when I am!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Tip: Only bake your cookies for 10-11 minutes, that will make them soft and chewy. They will not look like they are all done baking when you take them out of the oven. Rest assured, they will continue to cook while cooling.