10 min plus baking time
about 2 1/2 dozen
Maybe you're on vacation, and the rental kitchen doesn't have a mixer. Or maybe you're awake in the middle of the night engaged in sneaky baking, and don't want to wake the household. Or maybe you just like mixing cookies the old fashioned way, with a big wooden spoon. Chocolate chip cookies by hand: this recipe's for you!
  • 2 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 Tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup tightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 325˚F and adjust oven rack to center position. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, melt the butter (I tend to use the microwave on very low power, but if you like, melt the butter in a small pan and pour it into the bowl.)

mix in three steps

Add both brown and white sugar to the melted butter, and mix until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Finally, add in the dry ingredients and chocolate chips, and stir until the flour is completely incorporated and there are no white streaks.

portion & bake

Drop by tablespoons (I use this Norpro 1 Tbsp scooponto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake cookies, one sheet at a time, 15-18 minutes, until the edges are delicately browned. Transfer parchment with the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container.



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