Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our favorite chocolate chip cookie.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing the cookie sheet
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F for giant cookies, 350°F for regular cookies. Grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Cream the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients together and stir in, mixing thoroughly. Add the chocolate chips to the batter, and form the cookies according to the method for giant cookies (see sidebar).
  4. Bake on the prepared cookie sheet, on the center rack of the oven, for 15 to 17 minutes for giant cookies; 8 to 10 minutes for regular cookies. Remove from the oven while