Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know, I know .... they're only chocolate chip cookies, right? Wrong!!! Years ago, Sunset Magazine set out to perfect the already favorite cookie. They created three different kinds and I tried them all. By far, the best of the three recipes was this one. In fact, this recipe is so uniquely yummy that every time I bake these for friends or get-togethers, I become elevated in status to Baker Supreme. Sadly, I cannot take credit for these crispy-yet-chewy morsels. I do, however, freely share the recipe with my dearest friends (including any of you darlings that actually read the stuff I post). Here it is. I promise you will not be disappointed. What is especially great about this recipe is that there is no mixing wet/dry ingredients in separate bowls! Hope you love them as much as I do, and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give me your feedback!

Chocolate chip cookies

(the best you ever had-promise)

1 cup softened butter

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

1 cup walnuts or pecans (optional-I like pecans best)

Preheat oven to 375. Using an electric mixer, beat butter for 30 seconds. Add both sugars, baking soda and salt; beat until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour, 1 cup at a time. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Bake 10-12 minutes, depending on how large you make your cookies. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet.

Note: Nuts are optional-when baking these for kids, I usually omit nuts, just in case someone's allergic.

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