Never-Fail Chocolate Chip Cookies

Aren’t chocolate chip cookies synonymous with “home cooking?” I wish I had a dollar for every cookie I’ve baked over the years.

We prefer them fresh and hot out of the oven so I make my batches small, usually a half-batch at a time. Yes, I know it would be more efficient in the long run to make a humongous batch and freeze the dough in rolls, but then that would be a project in itself and I’ve got enough projects.

I can whip up a batch of these cookies and have them on the cooling rack in less than 15 minutes, including baking time and cleanup.

As a young homemaker I searched for a consistently good cookie recipe. My cookies often turned out flat and greasy — and soggy from cooling on a plate.

I know there are scientific reasons for this but I don’t have time to look them up.

For years I’ve made this recipe (and learned to cool them on a rack instead of a plate). I can’t think of one time that they didn’t turn out just right. Except for the time I forgot the baking soda. We use less sugar than the original recipe and they taste just fine.

Here’s my version of never-fail chocolate chip cookies.(Note: this is the half-batch recipe so as not to frighten you with the quantity of ingredients)

Never-Fail Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mix together:
1 1/2 sticks softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (I actually use 1/3 cup each of the sugars)
1 egg

Mix in:
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour

Mix in: 1 1/2 to 2 cups chocolate chips

Bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool on rack.

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