Best Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Rosemary Mark
Use this recipe to develop your own signature cookie. The possibilities are endless!
  • Yield: About 3 dozen


  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Butter
  • chocolate chips
  • or 8 ounces coarsely chopped chocolate
  • Chopped walnuts
  • granulated sugar
  • large eggs
  • Packed brown sugar
  • Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Beat butter and sugars with electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes until mixture is very fluffy and turns several shades lighter in color.
  3. Beat in eggs, vanilla and baking soda for 1 minute, scraping sides of bowl.
  4. Mix in flour just until blended. Stir in chocolate and nuts (optional).
  5. Drop dough by 2 tablespoonful scoops onto baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on pan then transfer with a spatula to a rack to cool completely.