A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand. —Barbara Johnson
If you know me, you know I do not have much of a sweet tooth. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to make treats.
Like everyone else, I honed in on my baking and cooking skills in 2020. For someone who doesn’t like a lot of sweets, I baked so much, ha!
I taught myself so many recipes including baked goods. One major request from my friends were chocolate chip cookies. I didn’t mind baking and of courses, they didn’t mind being taste testers, ha!
After searching high and low on Pinterest, I experimented with a ton of recipes. Some were titled as, “The best chocolate chip cookies” — when indeed, they were not.
The perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe does exist.
Believe me, after much trial and error, this is it. This is the equivalent to Monica’s “Little Drops of Heaven” if you get my Friends reference.
Considering I haven’t posted a recipe in years, I thought now would be a good time because secrets don’t make friends.
Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chocolate Chip Cookies
If these chocolate chip cookies are a total hit with my loved ones, I'm sure they'll be the talk of the town in your family too!
- 2 cups Flour (I use King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour)
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- 1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan salt
- 1 cup Butter (slightly melted) (My favorite brand is Kerrygold)
- 1/2 cup Light brown sugar (packed)
- 1/3 cup Granulated sugar (I use Imperial Sugar brand)
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 Egg (large) (I use eggs from local farmers. If you don't live near a farmer, Happy Egg Co. is my go-to brand.)
- 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar Optional (I use Bragg's)
- 1 1/2 cups Semi-sweet chocolate chips (Sometimes I mix in milk chocolate chips)
- Coarse sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the wet ingredients: butter, sugars, and vanilla extract.
Mix in the egg until combined.
Combine the flour mixture into the wet mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Create 1 1/2 inch balls using a cookie scoop.
Place about 3-4 inches apart onto cookie sheet.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes depending on your preference. I usually shoot for the 9 minute mark.
If I want to make larger cookies, I'll bake in additional 1 minute increments while watching them closely. They will look underdone in the center and light brown around the edges.
Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle each cookie with a coarse sea salt. The salt to stick to the cookie better if you do this right away.
Let cookies sit on the sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a rack to cool. Cookies may look undone when you pull them out of the oven, but they will finish cooking as they sit on the sheet.
This chocolate chip cookie dough recipe can freeze up to 1 1/2 months. Just make your cookie balls and freeze them on a cookie sheet first (1-2 hours) before storing them in a container or Ziplock bag for future use. Don't forget to label the date!
Thaw thoroughly if you want to use the same baking time as above. If you want to bake them from frozen, add 1-3 minutes to the original baking time while keeping an eye on them.
Note: You can add the apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg's) if you want. Most of the time, I opt out as I think they're just as good without it. If you're curious, ACV helps the cookies to rise, making it softer inside.
What are the holidays without the best chocolate chip cookie recipe into your dinner plans?
If you like making gifts for others like I do, trust me when I say these will make wonderful gifts! Just grab some treat boxes from Michael’s and you’re good to go!
I’ve made these melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies for several years now. They’re always a hit for whoever I make them for as I receive so many compliments.
Moreover, I always receive requests throughout the year in addition to making them every holiday season. However, I deny requests as I don’t want to be the sole cause to someone’s weight gain or put them into a diabetic coma, ha!
If you use this chocolate chip cookie recipe, let me know what you think in the comments!