My baking buddy, Sam, came by today with her dad (my son), and after lunch, we both knew we were craving cookies. Without hesitation, she asked if we could bake her favorite cookies, the chocolate chip cookies, which she had quite mastered to make.

This time, we followed the recipe written on the Nestle Semi-Sweet morsels bag. In a bowl, she measured 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt. In another bowl, she beat 1 cup softened butter (by hand) until creamy, and then she added 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. She then added the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then she gradually added the flour mixture a little at a time until incorporated. Lastly, she added the semi-sweet chocolate morsels. We did not put any nuts, for Sam does not like nuts in her cookies. You can if you want, add 1 cup chopped nuts. We also added just 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels, for some of us preferred less chocolate morsels in the cookie. She then scooped the batter using a small ice cream scoop and dropped them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. I prefer lining the cookie sheet with parchment paper in making chocolate chip cookies because they are easier to remove later on. The cookies were baked in a preheated 375 degrees oven for 10 to 11 minutes. Let cool for about 20 minutes before eating

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup softened butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped nuts


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