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Desserts: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies.  The most beloved of cookies.  The first year I was living in Chicago, I found this recipe for “healthier” chocolate chip cookies and it’s proven useful on numerous occasions: camping trips, holiday gifts, family parties, random treat for co-workers … you get the idea.



  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 10 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened ***must be softened, the cookies will not turn out if you melt it (I know from experience)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Cooking spray


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.
  4. Combine sugars and butter in a large bowl.
  5. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.
  6. Add vanilla and egg whites; beat 1 minute.
  7. Add flour mixture and chips; beat until blended.
  8. Drop dough by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray.
  9. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  10. Cool on pans for 2 minutes.
  11. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
  12. Enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • Milk Chocolate M&Ms
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/3 cup butterscotch chips
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Chocolate chunks
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis
  • Dark Chocolate M&Ms

Every variation has been equally delicious.  I’m thinking my next variation will be using Hershey’s Cookies’n’Creme drops.  I’m anticipating greatness.  Let me know any variations/ideas you have.  Do you have a go-to recipe for various occasions?


About thetwentysixthyear

September 6, 2011: I turn twenty-six years old. I live and work in downtown Chicago and really can't complain about too much -- great family, great friends, great life. So this is my personal blog. Experiencing and living my twenty-sixth year. I have no idea what to expect or where I'll be one year from now ... but one thing is certain: I will enjoy the ride.

3 responses »

  1. These look so delicious and cute – fantastic recipe.

  2. Pingback: Recipes: Cooking Out! « thetwentysixthyear

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