I always feel blessed that my first memories are of Hawaii. I just remember waking up and there I was, running along Waikiki Beach, passing the old men with their metal detectors, and swimming, always swimming. If it wasn’t Waikiki, it was the Air Force Base pool. Then when me and my siblings were done swimming it was dessert time! My mom always had cupcakes, cake, and chocolate chip cookies on hand.
Something sparked inside me when I made these cookies – a passion about food I never felt before. There was something so wonderful about baking from scratch. It was so appropriate too that my first recipe from scratch was my mother’s chocolate chip cookies. She baked these for swim meets and everyone commented, “These are better than Mrs. Field’s!” At that time, Mrs. Field’s cookies were the only benchmark anyone had in my town.
Total Time: 30 minutes to get everything mixed and one batch baked.
Yield: a little over 40 cookies, depending on how big you make them
1) 2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
2) 1 cup sugar
3) 1/2 cup of packed, brown sugar
4) 2 eggs
5) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6) 3 cups all purpose flour
7) 1 teaspoon baking soda
8) 1 teaspoon salt
9) 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips. Please note, a whole bag of chocolate chips will give you a disproportionate amount of chips to cookie dough which I like but you can use less than a whole bag if you want it to be more of an even mix.
Preparation and Baking
1) Combine the butter, sugar and brown sugar.
2) Add the eggs and vanilla extract.
3) Then add the flour, baking soda and salt.
4) Finally, mix in the chocolate chips.
5) Place a little over a tablespoon full of cookie dough on a baking sheet, like this:
6) Turn the oven to 350 degrees and bake for at least 12 minutes, depending on the peculiarities of your oven. It takes 13 minutes for my old oven so you might need to experiment.