There are a large number of recipes for chocolate cookies, however there is one of them that stands out above all the others.
Although practically all of us have tried them, few know the origin of the word “ cookie ”. However, “ International Cookie Day ”, which is celebrated every December 4th , is a day when we can thank the Dutch for more than just windmills and tulips . Since, the English word “cookie” derives from the Dutch “ koekie ”, which means “ little cake ”.
There are a large number of recipes for chocolate cookies. However, there is one of them that stands out above all the others, the recipe for authentic American chocolate cookies that, despite its classic ingredients, has been triumphing all over the world for years. And what better time to enjoy this delicious recipe than at Christmas .
American cookies recipe
Container of chocolate cookies.
- 1 cup of salted butter.
- 1 cup of white sugar.
- 1 cup of brown sugar.
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
- 2 large eggs.
- 3 cups of flour.
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
- ½ teaspoon baking powder.
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt.
- 2 cups chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate chunks).
The first step in making these easy chocolate chip cookies is to combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. When doing this, we need to make sure that we measure the flour correctly. To do this, we will place it in a measuring cup and level it with a knife .
Then, we will mix the butter and sugars , making sure to soften the butter by taking it out of the fridge at least two hours before . However, if we forget, we can also heat it in the microwave for about 7 seconds , being very careful not to melt it.
Once the butter and sugar mixture is smooth , add the eggs and vanilla and mix the ingredients. After that, add the chocolate chips and stir the mixture until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough. We will need to use lots of chocolate chunks, as we want at least two chips in each cookie.
Once the cookie dough is done, it’s time to make the portions . Using a cooking spoon ensures that all cookies are a uniform size.
At this point, we can choose between baking the dough or freezing it .
How to freeze cookie dough
Chocolate cookie recipe.
Since when making this recipe we will get many cookies, it is advisable to make a complete batch and freeze the rest . That way, we’ll have the dough on hand for those unexpected visits or for an occasional craving .
The first thing we need to do is quickly freeze the cookie dough before putting it in an airtight container. To do this, we will separate the cookie dough into balls and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper . Then we will place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 30 minutes , or until the dough is slightly frozen. Once the dough is ready, we will transfer the balls to an airtight container or a plastic bag, where we can store them for up to 2 months .
How to bake frozen dough
There are two ways to bake frozen dough:
- Defrost first : When we want to bake them, we must remove the dough balls from the freezer, place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper and cover them with a piece of cloth or a napkin so that they defrost. After reaching room temperature (approximately 1-2 hours), bake as directed in the recipe (at 190 degrees).
- Bake frozen : Place the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then preheat the oven to 190 degrees and place the cookies in the oven at the beginning of the preheat time . Set the timer for 15 minutes and remove them. The tops will look a little browner than normal, but they will still taste amazing .
How to bake the cookies
Cookies at Christmas.
If you want to bake the cookies as you finish making the dough , simply separate them into balls and place them on a baking tray, about 4-5 centimeters apart , and bake at 190 degrees for 8-10 minutes .
Keep in mind that at the end of the baking time, the chocolate chip cookies will not appear to be done , but they are. They will look a bit doughy when we take them out of the oven, but it is what we are looking for.
After that, we will have to cool the chocolate cookies on the baking tray for 5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely. Lastly, store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days , or in the freezer for up to 2 months .