Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Yields: About 18 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus dough chilling
Bake Time: 10-12 minutes per batch

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups (280g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks/225g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1 1/2 cups (255g) semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (or a mix)

Equipment

  • Baking sheets
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mats
  • Medium bowls
  • Whisk
  • Electric mixer (stand or hand-held)
  • Large rubber spatula
  • Cookie scoop (optional but recommended)

Instructions:

1. Get Organized:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mats.

2. Dry Ingredients:

  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

3. Creaming:

  • In a large bowl, beat butter with both sugars on medium speed with your electric mixer until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Stir in vanilla extract and the scraped vanilla bean seeds.

4. Combine the Dough:

  • Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing on low speed just until combined (be careful not to overmix).
  • Stir in chocolate chips with the rubber spatula.

5. Chill:

  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight for the best flavor and texture.

6. Bake:

  • Scoop dough (about 2 tablespoons each) and place the cookie dough balls onto baking sheets, spacing them a couple of inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown and the centers are still slightly soft.
  • Let cookies cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips:

  • Quality Ingredients: Using high-quality vanilla and chocolate will significantly enhance the cookies’ flavor.
  • Room Temperature: Allow chilled ingredients like eggs and butter to reach room temperature for better mixing.
  • Don’t Overmix: Overmixing the dough after the flour is added creates tough cookies.
  • Dough Chilling: This crucial step helps prevent cookies from spreading too much and develops a richer flavor.
  • Customize: Add chopped nuts, a hint of cinnamon, or mix in different chocolate varieties.

Enjoy your delicious, bakery-style vanilla bean chocolate chip cookies!

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