Some things that should be easy are actually way too hard. Remembering to bring re-usable bags to the grocery store? Should be easy, but it's actually impossible. Going to bed early when you're dog tired? Seems like the easiest, most pleasurable idea ALL DAY, until it's midnight and your watching Charade on Netflix. Again.
Listen. Chocolate Chip Cookies aren't all that easy either. Well, they are... but making them totally perfect isn't. You want them chewy, but with a little crunch. Sweet, but also a little salty. And don't forget about the perfect chip-to-cookie ratio.
So, here's a tried and true recipe. It's simple and delicious and relies on chilling your dough for an hour before baking. Oh, and it makes TWO dozen... because somehow the first dozen always seems to disappear with no trouble at all.
Recipe for Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Add vanilla, egg, and yolk and beat until light and creamy. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in separate bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until barely incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips by hand. Cover bowl and chill for one hour.
Preheat oven at 325F. Bake chilled cookies for 20 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
Now, that wasn't all that hard... was it?