These are fairly basic chocolate chip cookies made easier by being able to prepare them in one bowl. Our preference for this recipe is to use a large, microwave-safe bowl, although you can melt the butter in a saucepan and proceed from there. For the chocolate, we have chosen to use classic semisweet chocolate morsels and nuts; see Tips for substitutions.
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- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- ⅔ cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips/morsels
- ½ cup chopped, toasted walnuts or pecans (optional)
- Position racks in upper and lower third of oven. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Melt butter in large microwaveable bowl. Whisk in brown sugar, sugar, vanilla and egg until combined and smooth. Switch to a large rubber spatula and fold in the flour, baking soda, salt, morsels and nuts, if using.
- Drop dough by 2 tablespoonful amounts spaced about 2 inches apart on prepared pans.
- Bake for about 10 to 13 minutes or until edges have just begun to turn golden brown and the centers are a bit lighter in color and still a little soft to the touch. They will firm up upon cooling. Place sheets on racks to cool cookies completely.
- Store cookies in single layers separated by parchment in airtight containers at room temperature for up to 4 days.
- The nuts are optional and you could certainly substitute milk-chocolate morsels, white chocolate or even an equivalent amount of hand-cut chocolate chunks for a more upscale look.
- The dough can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight or up to 2 days. You may also freeze dough up to 1 month; defrost in refrigerator overnight before proceeding. Note that chilled dough will take a few minutes longer to bake.
- We like to use a #40 Zeroll scoop to form the cookies as it makes for a very uniform batch, which helps with yield as well as roundness and appearance.