Nothing beats a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven. This surefire recipe has everything you are looking for, delicately crisp on the outside, slightly chewy on the inside.
My Dad, who passed away earlier this year, loved chocolate chip cookies. No holiday, family gathering, or birthday was complete without them. It didn’t really matter which recipe I made, from the Tollhouse version on the back of the chocolate chip bag to some fancy chef-backed recipe I found in a gourmet cookbook, he always loved them.
Over the years, I’ve tried countless recipes, then, based on all those trials and successes and sometimes failures, I came up with a version that I really quite like. These are pretty classic…not cakey, but a little fluffy, somewhat chewy, with a nice lightly crisp exterior.
I don’t tend to sully my chocolate chip cookies with nuts (besides, my husband is allergic and he would be terribly sad if I “ruined” a batch of cookies with nuts) or other embellishments, but hey, if you love nuts by all means add them. Just be sure they are fresh and toasted. About 3/4 cup chopped toasted pecans, walnuts, or almonds should do the trick.
As far as I’m concerned, and certainly as far as my Dad was ever concerned, no cookie swap, cookie platter, holiday or celebration is really complete without these in the mix.