The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

These soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies are the perfect dessert to bake when you want to satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your friends. Enjoy them warm out of the oven or over the next few days for a delicious treat if they last that long! 

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Over the past few years, I’ve worked to perfect my signature chocolate chip cookie recipe. (That’s something I’ve always wanted to say… my “signature” recipe!) These cookies are thick, chewy and exactly what I want in a chocolate chip cookie. I’m not one to think highly of myself, but I prefer my chocolate chip cookies over almost any other chocolate chip cookie. So, that’s saying a lot!

Whether I use my KitchenAid Mixer or mix by hand, fold in dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet, these chocolate chip cookies always are delicious. I hope you and your family will give these a try! If you’ll be in the area, let me know. I’m happy to make a batch for you!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe will make about 3 dozen chocolate chip cookies. If that’s too many, you can easily cut it in half.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1.5 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1.25 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet, dark, milk, or a combination)

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and melt butter on the stove.

2. Combine the sugars in a bowl. Once the butter is completely melted, dump it into the bowl and stir, stir, stir to combine.

3. Add in the eggs and vanilla. Stir just until it’s combined.

4. In a separate bowl (or not), mix just under 3 cups of flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.

5. Dump dry ingredients into the wet mixture and stir with a wooden or silicon spoon. If the mixture still looks very wet, add more flour.

6. When the flour is mostly combined, fold in your chocolate chips.

7. Use a small cookie scoop to put the cookies on a baking sheet. If you can wait, put the cookie sheet in the fridge for an hour.

8. Bake for about 10 minutes at 325 degrees or until the edges are golden.

9. Scoop the cookies onto a cooling rack.

10. Enjoy!

 

Your Turn

What’s your favorite type of chocolate chip cookie? Do you prefer chewy cookies or more cake-like?

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24 Hours in South Haven, MI with a Baby

Traveling to South Haven, MI is one of my husband’s family traditions. South Haven is a charming town on Lake Michigan with iconic lighthouses. This year, we took our 4-month-old son along for a quick overnight trip! Here’s what we did during our 24 hours in South Haven.

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Day One

When we arrived, we immediately headed to Subs N More for lunch. This is a great spot to grab a sandwich (or pizza). We ate outside and then drove to South Beach! Zach and I took turns hanging out with Samuel, and we convinced Zach’s sister to watch Samuel while we took a quick walk in the sand. Our beach tent was the perfect size to keep Samuel covered!

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For dinner, we sat outside at Bricks and ate thin-crust pizza. Some of the restaurants had a two-hour wait, but we pleasantly had hot pizza in our hands in roughly 20 minutes. Bricks is very kid-friendly and even has activities to keep them entertained while waiting for dinner.

After dinner, we obviously headed to Sherman’s. If you’ve ever been to South Haven, you know how delicious it is! And if you don’t, I hope you’ll prioritize going there. My husband and I tried two different flavors, toffee fantastic and turtle (typically, we share chocolate chip cookie dough!). Both were delicious! However, neither of us could finish our single cones. Opt for the kid size, unless you’re sharing with someone.

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We enjoyed a beautiful sunset on North Beach, and Rocky, Zach’s brother-in-law, took one of my favorite family portraits to date! Samuel is such a cutie, and we feel so lucky to have him.

Day Two

We woke up early and headed to Eclectic for coffee and then met the others at Brown’s Bakery for donuts to take to the beach. What is better than eating donuts and drinking coffee at the beach!?

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After some fun, we got cleaned up and headed to Phoenix Street Cafe for breakfast. Then, it was time for blueberry picking! Before going to South Haven for my first time in 2015, I had never picked blueberries. Since then, it’s something I look forward to each summer. The blueberries are absolutely delicious, and picking them is satisfying. I wore Samuel in my Tuck and Bundle wrap which made picking blueberries a breeze. He napped almost the entire time, and we left with nearly three pounds of blueberries.

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We then headed to lunch at Su Casa. A bonus to eating lunch at an off-time meant that we didn’t have to wait for a table! The guacamole there is delicious! Tip – Ask for some spicy carrots. You’ll be hooked. We looked in a few more shops and then it was time to head home.

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Your Turn!

  • Have you been to South Haven? What’s your favorite activity to do there?
  • If you haven’t, where do you love to travel to each summer?