Monday, December 12, 2011

Perfect in every way Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been looking forever for a cookie recipe that is good for my whole family.  Chad likes them thin, chewy, fresh from the oven, and completely cooked all the way through.  I like them thin, crisp around the edges, gooey in the middle, and filled to the brim with chocolate and walnuts.
These cookies are perfect for both of us because I can make his on one tray, mine on another, and cook his three minutes longer and they're just right. Great for movie night with a cup of cold milk and fresh homemade popcorn.

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/ tsp salt
1 cup olive oil
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 11.5 oz package chocolate chunks
1 cup walnut pieces

Preheat oven to 350. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.  In a separate bowl, mix brown sugar, sugar, and oil until well combined.  Slowly mix in eggs, vanilla, and almond and then fold in chocolate chunks. Bake anywhere from 8-13 minutes, depending on taste, 8 for a gooey cookie, 10 for soft center and crisp edges, and 13 for a crisp cookie throughout.

I leave out the walnuts in Chad's cookies and add them in to half the dough, which is why I didn't include that in the recipe.

They're also great for a fun afternoon with the kids, letting them add in whatever they want in lieu of chocolate chunks.... gummi bears, nuts, M&M's, raisins, anything goes. Have fun!

These are great to throw together for parties, new neighbors, unexpected guests, or movie night. 

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