Although our apartment doesn’t have the greatest view (McDonald’s parking lot anyone?), we have a pretty great place in a nice building.

One the best parts? Our cadre of doormen – kindly folks who open doors when our arms are full of groceries, sign for our packages, give movie recommendations, discuss local sports, and know both my maiden and married names. I don’t know who is in charge of hiring these people,  but seriously, they are awesome and deserving of the best cookies I know how to make – Ghirardelli chocolate chip.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy New Year! 

Because of the pre-holiday craziness and a lack of all-purpose flour, I didn’t get a chance to make these in time for Christmas – so now they get to be surprise New Year’s cookies.

This recipe comes from the back of the Ghirardelli chocolate chip bag and is good.

I grew up in the Bay Area so I have a special place in my taste buds for Ghirardelli chocolate, it’s not the fanciest chocolate out there, but among the brands commonly found in grocery stores, I think it’s the best – so take that Toll House!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients

Our Cast O’ Characters 

Adapted from Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookies 
Yield: 4 dozen 
  • 1/2 bag Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 bag of 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup(s) sugar
  • 3/4 cup(s) package brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cup(s) all purpose flour (I use wheat flour for the 1/4 cup – it makes me feel a teensy bit healthier about the whole 2 sticks of butter thing)
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt

Heat oven to 375ºF.

Cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar. Although the Kitchen Aid Mixer is the traditional wedding gift in our family, Mr. Cleaver and I opted out on that one. If I don’t make butter cream by hand how would I work my biceps?

Butter/Sugar Crea

Baker’s Workout – Butter Cream

Add vanilla and eggs to the butter cream. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt, mix well. Add the flour mixture to the butter cream. This cookie dough is VERY dry, so this also takes a little oomph – more calories burned for me! (See new year’s working out is easy!).

After the dough is mixed well add in the chocolate chips. Jewel had a buy one-get-one-free offer of chocolate chips, so I used two different kind here: semi- and bittersweet, but it works fine with just one.

Put in the Chips

Maybe one the most wonderful sights in baking. 

Mixed Dough 

The finished dough on the way to my mouth.  My mother always said that the sugar counteracts the egg, so you can’t get salmonella, I chose to believe her.

Cookies on Sheet

Pretty Maids all in a row. 

I’ve found the cooking time on these varies wildly from oven to oven – until I moved into my current apartment it always took around 12, but now it takes eight.  So watch the first batch carefully.

Cookies in a Row

I like my cookies on the larger side – who doesn’t – but I usually end up with fewer than the four dozen the recipe indicates, in tonight’s case – it was 39. 

Quality Control

Err, 38. Quality control. 

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