Did Someone Say Chocolate Chip?

Since hotel living is about as excellent as I expected (Spoiler alert: It’s not my favorite time ever), I can’t exactly give you an original recipe this week, BUT I’ve got something tried-true, and TASTY for you instead:
One of my favorite cookie recipes EVER. I can’t count how many times I’ve made these cookies and have had nearly every eater come back for a handful or ask me for the recipe. Maybe some of you have had these cookies and are one of the people I’m talking about!
Well, I’m sharing it with you!

This cookie recipe is my go-to, and if I want something seasonal, I just cut the amount of chocolate chips by 1/4 (hehe I love chocolate) and add in peppermint kisses, chocolate chunks, or candy such as m&ms.

The key to this recipe, though, is what Buddy Valastro mentions in his book, which is if you’re using chocolate, use HIGH QUALITY chocolate. It truly makes all the difference.

If you make these for an upcoming party/holiday event, let me know what you think and if you modified them at all!

Makes 24 cookies:
1 c unsalted butter (softened)
1 c sugar
1/2 c light-brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt (fine)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 extra large eggs
2 & 1/2 c of all-purpose flour
2 & 1/2 c of chocolate chips
*I’ll be honest here: I’ve nearly doubled this amount before so put what you want in the batch.

Preheat over to 350 (F).
Using an electric mixer (and paddle attachment) mix the following at medium speed (about 2 min):
Brown Sugar
Baking Soda
While the mixer is still on, add the eggs one at a time. After both eggs are fully incorporated, begin slowly adding the flour and mix until the ingredients look well… like dough.
Add your chocolate chips (or extras) and mix in the blender OR fold them in. It’s up to you.

Bake time is 13-15 minutes (TRUST ME).
The Cake Boss Cookbook specifically warns about leaving the cookies in for more than 15 minutes, even if they look undercooked. Allow them to cool on a cooling rack for about 20 minutes and BAM… you’re ready to gain 5 pounds because they’re just so dang good.

Head on over to the Cake Boss website if you want more AMAZING recipes (or you can even sign up for classes) and hit up Amazon and purchase one of his incredible cookbooks. This one is called “Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia,” but I also have “Baking with the Cake Boss,” and I love them both.

Valastro, B. (2011). Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.