The iconic cookie ~ chocolate chippers with a soft and chewy center and subtlety crisp edges.
The chocolate chip cookie is a true classic with many devoted lovers of it, yet just as many opinions on the variety of ways it can be conceived. There seems to be no end on what recipe style is best ~ soft, thick, thin, chewy, crunchy or crispy. Some prefer them with nuts. Maybe you like them as big bakery cookies or maybe mom made them like small lumps. Whatever your choice, it’s hard to find someone who is not a chocolate chip cookie fan.
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I’m pretty sure chocolate chip cookies were the first thing I really learned how to bake. The cookies I made in my early years were nothing like the beauties I am happy to share with you today.
The recipe I am sharing is a variation on a highly guarded family recipe. After much time and effort, I perfected the family recipe into my perfect chocolate chipper recipe. I can guarantee that my sister would stop speaking to me if I actually shared the original recipe.🙁
These are my family’s favorite chocolate chip cookies. Otherwise known as chocolate chippers.
The truth of the matter is that I have been tinkering with and putting my own spin on this recipe for years now. One ingredient from the family recipe has become almost impossible to find so I had to figure out a way to still create an amazing and delicious chocolate chip cookie without it.
This chocolate chip recipe starts with your usual suspects: room temperature butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar. You cream them together until they get light, fluffy and happily united. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer; she’s a workhorse and has been going strong for 20+ years now, but I have found something new to help her work smarter too.😊
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Now that you’ve gotten your butter and sugars all fluffy, you’ll add your eggs and vanilla. Then add your flour, baking soda, salt and cornstarch. One of the things I have tinkered with in this recipe is the flour. For a short time I was using a combination of all-purpose flour and cake flour to get a softer and chewier cookie, but not everyone keeps cake flour in their pantry. I needed something easier. I have found adding cornstarch to the all-purpose flour is an easy way to get the same soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie. Finally you add your chocolate chips and then give the dough a little time to chill in the refrigerator – approximately 1 hour.
These chocolate chippers are slightly thick with a soft and chewy center and barely crisp edges. A perfect cookie, if you ask me. The ratio of brown sugar to granulated sugar is 2:1 and using dark brown sugar adds an incredible depth of flavor. You can use whatever type of chocolate chips you like, but I highly suggest using two different types of chocolate. My favorite is half semi-sweet chocolate chips and half milk chocolate and peanut butter chips. Semi-sweet and milk chocolate or semi-sweet and M&M’s are two other combinations that I frequently use.
Honestly, I always have a batch of these chocolate chippers in my freezer. I bake them and cool them, then layer them in an airtight container and tuck them away. You can let them thaw on the counter for 5-10 minutes or just eat them ice cold. I like to let mine warm to room temperature, but everyone else in my family is a bit impatient and can’t wait that long, so they eat them straight from the freezer.
This recipe can also be prepared up to the point of portioning your dough and then freezing the dough balls. If doing this, I recommend portioning your dough and chilling it for about an hour in the refrigerator before placing the cold and solid dough balls into a zip top plastic bag for the freezer. Alternately, you can place the cold and solid dough balls in an airtight container. Just pull the dough out of the freezer as you preheat the oven – I check them at the same time interval, but they may end up needing a minute or two more to bake.
Your chocolate chippers will bake the best on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. I use a cookie scoop to create the cookie dough balls. They’ll look very soft and slightly underdone when you pull them out of the oven. You’ll let them rest on the baking pan for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.
I have tested this recipe multiple times and my mom and dad say they can’t taste a difference between my recipe and the secret family recipe. Mr. Two Sugar Bugs reported recently that he actually prefers this newer version. In any case, if you are looking for a chocolate chipper recipe that everyone is going to ask you for ~ this is it!
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 cup dark brown sugar firmly packed (I prefer dark brown, but light brown works too)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips*
- 6 ounces milk chocolate chips*
- In a medium size bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt. Set aside.
- Cream butter and both sugars on medium high with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or a hand mixer, until light and fluffy. Approximately 3-5 minutes.
- Scrape down your bowl and add the eggs and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
- With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and blend until just combined.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Cover and chill at least one hour and up to 2 days.
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Prepare baking sheets with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
- Using a cookie scoop (approximately 2 tablespoons of dough), place cookie dough on prepared baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
- Bake 11-14 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. They will look slightly underdone in the centers. Allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
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