A beautiful day with nothing on the calendar…what to do??
First a little backyard picnic (at Olivia’s request), followed by a big batch of our favorite chocolate chip cookies, that’s what! We cranked up some seriously fun, non-Disney kid tunes (try Elizabeth Mitchell radio on Pandora) and got mixing butter, sugar and eggs like nobody’s business. The kids discovered their funny faces reflected in my mixing bowl, and to me, that was just as great as eating the cookies (warm with a glass of milk, of course).
This recipe makes A LOT, so I sometimes freeze the dough in spoonful-sized balls for baking later. But honestly, with five kids plus neighbor friends constantly running through my kitchen, six dozen cookies don’t last that long!
Heather’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 c. butter
- 1 1/2 c. white granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 5 c. all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2-3 c. semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, or use non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, and stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 6 dozen.