Hey Look! I Cooked Something! My Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s no secret that I’m not a great cook so in 2009 when I started my first “real job” and was introduced to the concept of the “office potluck” I thought I was in hot water. What was I going to bring? Please understand these work potlucks were EPIC! It was a high stress job but we knew how to have fun! So I wanted to bring something that was worthy of these parties but also easy to make, easy to transport, and didn’t need refrigerated. Around this same time Jordan was trying to find a recipe for a lemon meringue pie a relative used to make. We called Jordan’s mom and asked her what she thought we could find the recipe. “I think it was just the recipe off the back of the box of corn starch.” She told us. At first that seemed like a disappointing thought, that the wonderful pie Jordan remembers from holidays at his grandparents’ house wasn’t some secret family recipe but instead the one off the box of corn starch but the more we thought about it….we realized it was a BRILLIANT way to find recipes! Who would be invested more in creating quality recipes for their products than the people who make the products?

With that in mind we decided to try the chocolate chip cookie recipe on the back of the Nestle Toll House bag. I took these to the potluck and they were a HIT! I now make these for everything. At first I tell people they are the “Koppelberger Secret Family Recipe” but when they ask for the recipe I tell them where they can find them. However, I do modify them slightly. Here’s MY exact recipe for the “World Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies!”

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 sticks of butter, softened (if you “soften” it too much in the microwave it will melt and the texture will be a little off but not bad.) Yes, it needs to be real better.
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar. I firmly believe you HAVE to use the DARK brown sugar.The flavor is better.
1 tsp. vanilla extract. I use our homemade vanilla extract or store bought real stuff not the imitation stuff.
2 large eggs
1 12oz pkg of Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (well…almost a whole package…I sneak a few.) I really think to be a classic chocolate chip cookie that it HAS to be semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Optional: 1 cup chopped nuts. The recipe on the bag calls for them but I NEVER use them. I’m just not big on nuts in cookies.

PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a BIG mixing bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Add baking soda, salt, and one cup of flour and beat. Add remaining flour and beat some more. In the recipe it has you mix the dry ingredients in a smaller bowl the add them to the large mixture but I really don’t think that makes a difference. I’ve done it both ways and never had anyone say “Yummy this tastes like the dry ingredients were mixed first!” so save yourself a an extra dish to wash. Stir in chocolate chips (and nuts if you’re THAT sort of person I guess…) Scoop on to an ungreased baking sheet.   If you are like my sister and I and have this weird inability to eyeball cookie dough into a human sized round then you MUST get one of those little ice cream scoop things! I can’t make cookies without it….they come out HUGE! What can I say? We like BIG cookies but when you are making them to share at a party it’s better to have 5 dozen normal cookies instead of a dozen GIANT cookies. Anyway, scoop the reasonably sized dough onto the cookie sheets without eating all the delicious cookie dough. Bake 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for about a minute or two. Move to cooling rack with a Darth Vader spatula and repeat until all the dough has turned into warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies!


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