Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies (which we got from a certain TV show)

I was going to send everyone to the website belonging to that certain TV show, as a gesture of goodwill and indebtedness to them for the method detailed below, but you have to join their website and give them your credit card number (so they can claim their payment in case you forgot to cancel before your “14-day free trial” ended). Screw that. I’m sure I’ve got my credit card number on way too many websites already. So, here is the recipe. I wonder if I’ll get a takedown notice from that certain TV show. I. am. so. excited.

parchment paper to line cookie sheets
2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla.

1. Adjust oven racks to upper- and lower-middle positions and preheat oven to 325°F. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

3. Either by hand or by electric mixer, mix butter and sugar until thoroughly blended. Beat in egg, egg yolk and vanilla until combined. Add dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined. Stir in chips to taste.

4. Roll a scant ¼ cup dough into a ball. Holding the ball in the fingertips of both hands, pull into two equal halves. Rotate halves 90° so that the jagged surfaces are facing upward. Join halves together at their base, again forming a single ball. Being careful not to smooth the dough’s uneven surface. Place form dough onto cookie sheet, leaving 2 ½ inches between each ball.

5. Bake for 15 – 18 min.,reversing position of cookie sheets halfway through baking, or until cookies are a light golden brown and the outer edges start to harden, yet centers are soft and puffy. Cool on cookie sheets, then peel the cookies from the parchment paper.


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