One of the first questions my Belgian friend asked when she discovered I liked to cook was “Do you have a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie dough? You know, like the stuff in the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream?” Do I? Of course! What self-respecting American doesn’t? I thought it was so cute that this common recipe is a mystery overseas. But considering the lengths you must go to in order to obtain chocolate chips. . . well, it makes sense. This recipe makes a lot – so I often cut it in half.
2 ¼ cups (280 grams) flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup (227 grams) butter
3/4 cup (150 grams) white sugar
3/4 cup (150 grams) brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (350 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup (150 grams) chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. In a larger bowl, beat butter, white sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time and beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop rounded spoonfuls onto parchment paper.
Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for a couple minutes. Using a spatula, remove from sheet and cool completely on wire racks. Share with neighbors.