Chocolate chip cookies are my thing.
I’ve probably made over 1000 chocolate chip cookies just last summer. People are always asking for them, they’re super easy to whip up, and I usually have all the ingredients on hand for last minute purposes.
A couple days ago, my mom asked if I could bake some chocolate chip cookies for her work’s Thanksgiving office party and I never turn down the opportunity to bake cookies. As I was walking through the aisle at the grocery store, in search of the butter, I saw a cranberry display set up with all kinds of cranberry products. There was a cranberry muffin mix, real cranberries, cranberry sauce, cranberry jelly, and cranberry chutney. This display gave me the idea to add cranberries to my chocolate chip cookies to make them more festive and Thanksgiving-y. This would also be a fun Christmas cookie too.
My chocolate chip cookies are very soft and chewy in the middle and crunchy and crisp on the outside. I spent many years trying out different recipes until I found one that I love. I don’t think I’ll ever try another (well maybe).
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (1 teaspoon)
- 1 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
1. Sift the flour and baking soda together and set aside in a separate bowl.
2. In an electric mixture, beat the butter until creamy yellow.
3. Add in the sugar, brown sugar, and salt and mix.
4. Mix the egg and vanilla in lightly.
5. Scoop the flour mixture into the wet ingredients gradually (you don’t want it flying everywhere).
6. With a spoon, stir in the cranberries and the chocolate chips.
7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
8. Scoop tablespoon size dough balls onto a baking sheet two inches apart.
9. Bake for approximately 12 minutes. The edges should be slightly brown and the middles will still be soft.
This recipe makes about 34 cookies…depending on how much cookie dough you gobble up!
You can also make the cookie dough ahead of time and freeze it. If you have a lot of Thanksgiving recipes going on, it may be smart to do this in advance. I keep frozen cookie dough in the freezer all the time.
Next, I want to make a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie with cranberries. I may even make my almond flour version!
I want to hear all about your chocolate chip cookie stories! Have you found the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe yet? Do chocolate chip cookies bring back memories? Share your stories in the comments!
xo & happy holidays!