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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I would never describe myself as a baker.

One time I tried to make a triple layer chocolate cake. It looked more like a leaning tower and was covered in mold within a day or two. It tasted good though...before the mold obviously.

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Since baking is not my strong suit, I tend to find easy recipes on social media or Pinterest. I test them out and then eventually make them my own with a few tweaks over time.

I found this chocolate chip cookie recipe on Pinterest about five years ago and still love it to this day. You would think after making it for five years, that I would know it by heart, but I don't. I can cook & make up recipes with my eyes closed. For the life of me, I cannot bake a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe without my iPad posted directly in front of me while reading line by line.

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Anyway, these are seriously the best. Sometimes I follow the recipe line by line and sometimes I get creative by adding sprinkles, sea salt on top, peanut butter cups instead of chocolate chips, or even M & M's. I also usually double my batch so that I can freeze some for parties or to take to friends houses when we are invited over for dinner. The key is to throw a slice of bread on top of the cookies before wrapping them in plastic wrap and then throwing them into a zip lock bag. This allows the cookies to stay soft and yummy!

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Enjoy! Be sure to remember the baking time! Anything more than 12 minutes and the cookies turn out too hard. Believe me, I know!



*I found this recipe on

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings: 24

Calories: 208 kcal

Author: Lauren Allen


2 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

12 Tablespoons butter ( 1 1/2 sticks) melted & cooled until warm

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or milk chocolate)


1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.

2. Melt the butter for about 45 seconds in the microwave until it's almost completely melted. Remove and stir, allowing any remaining butter to melt.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda.

4. In a separate large mixing bowl mix the butter and sugars together until well combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until combined.

5. Stir in the dry ingredients and chocolate chips, just until combined. The dough will be soft.

6. Gently scoop dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Store in an airtight container.


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