Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m going basic today. You wanna know why?

Because life, everyone. It can be stressful and overwhelming, and I’m in the middle of a crazy week welcoming teachers back and getting them set up. So do you know what I need?

Cookies. Chocolate chip cookies. The easiest, simplest recipe. You ready?

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Being ready is hard. Whenever I’m talking to people without kids who are thinking about becoming parents, they often worry about being ready. That’s just silly, because nobody is ever ready to be a parent. You jump in and do your best and that’s kind of how it goes.

Of course, some people know they’ll never be ready, and that’s cool.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Teachers never feel fully ready for the start of school either. It’s funny, because we do it every year. Still, we work all week to get our classrooms set up and lessons planned because we know that come the first day, the kids are with us and we have to be totally good to go. There’s still that nagging doubt about being actually ready, even with maximum preparation.

Personally, I’m never ready to turn down a chocolate chip cookie. Who’s with me?

Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are as many chocolate chip cookie recipes out there as there stars in the sky. Well, maybe not that many. But close. Why? Because everyone has a different idea of what the perfect chocolate chip cookie is. Chewy or crispy? Thin or thick? Soft or crunchy?

This recipe ignores all the drama and just combines simple ingredients to make a cookie that serves as a nice middle ground. It’s crispier at the edges but soft in the center, and it’s neither ultra-thin nor pillowy thick. It’s just…a cookie. You dig?

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Listen, life is busy these days and all I really want to do when I get five minutes of alone time is sit around and eat chocolate chip cookies. I’m ready for that, and I’m guessing that you are, too. Let’s do it!


Chocolate Chip Cookies


1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, stirring until smooth.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer, stirring until just combined.
  3. Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Cover the bowl and chill the dough anywhere from two hours to overnight.
  5. When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350. Cover two cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  6. Form the cookie dough into tall mounds of about an inch or so in diameter and place two inches apart on the cookie sheets.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I swear sometimes you just need a gooey good basic chocolate chip cookie. These look to die for!
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    1. Mir

      Basic can be the best!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Sometimes basic can be the best! And it’s all about it being comforting, too. And you can never go wrong with chocolate chip cookies! Happy Wednesday, friend!
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    1. Mir

      They are SO comforting. I need that in my life!

  3. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Chocolate chip cookies are just the best- back to the basics never looked better, seriously. So much deliciousness!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Medha! I love going back to basics sometimes. Reminds me of childhood!

  4. Amanda

    I just want a big glass of milk and to hunker down with about five of these. I never say no to a chocolate chip cookie either, especially when they look so good!
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    1. Mir

      I could not agree more, Amanda. Chocolate milk, too!

  5. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Well I hope everything is going as swimmingly as possible at your school, Mir!!! I’m sending you ALL the positive vibes right now! And I’m thinking if it’s not going that well, at least you have some classic CCCs! These look perfect, girlfriend! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that they are middle ground cookies! Not too thin, not too thick, just perfect for ALL occasions! They are like the Switzerland of CCCs. hahahaha. 🙂 Cheers, chicka and GOOD LUCK! <3
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Chey! They’re going great, but I’m exhausted. Gotta figure it out slowly!

  6. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    I’m totally with you – let’s just eat chocolate chip cookies! These look like the perfect way to get ready for all the back to school excitement! Good luck with your first back to school in your new job!

    1. Mir

      I love chocolate chip cookies SO MUCH.

  7. Cakespy

    Looks like a fine specimen of a classic and a reminder that sometimes simple is best. Love ’em.
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    1. Mir

      Classics have been around for a while because they’re AWESOME.

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