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1. She uses the classic Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe with the following notes and/or adjustments.
2. She always uses butter and only butter. Melt it completely in the microwave before adding to the sugars and vanilla. Use good quality vanilla extract if possible. Chips -- we generally use Nestle or Trader Joe's. No experience with anything else, sorry.
3. She uses an electric mixer to combine the wet ingredients. Add the dry mixture (flour, soda, salt) by tablespoons, beating completely after each addition. Fold the chocolate chips in by hand. Do not add nuts.
4. A baking stone works best, so use it if you have one. She adjusts the baking times since the stone is cool to start out with. The first batch takes almost 15 minutes but subsequent batches only about 8 minutes. Put only one stone (or baking sheet) in the oven at a time.
5. This is important: she takes the stone (or baking sheet) out of the oven just before the cookies are completely done. Look for a tiny bit of browning around the edges and then remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool and continue baking on the stone for 2-3 more minutes. Once the cookies are slightly cool, remove them from the stone with a spatula -- onto either a cooling rack or paper towels placed directly on the counter.
Well, there are middle child/oldest daughter's Top Tips for Chocolate Chip Cookie Excellence (my title, not hers). Let me know how they work for you!