Simple chocolate chip cookie recipes are featured at Verybestbaking.com and the Food Network. One recipe uses regular butter and brown sugar, and the other uses unsalted butter and light brown sugar.
Make a classic easy chocolate chip cookie recipe by combining 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon each baking soda and salt in a small bowl. In a separate large bowl, beat together 1 cup softened butter, 3/4 cup each granulated sugar and packed brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat in 2 large eggs, adding one egg at a time. Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, beating until well combined. Stir in 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped nuts, if desired.
Drop tablespoons of the cookie dough onto ungreased baking sheets and bake 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
To make an alternative version of chocolate chip cookies, whisk together 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon each of baking soda and salt. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 sticks softened unsalted butter, 3/4 cup light brown sugar and 2/3 cup granulated sugar, beating well. Add 2 large eggs, beating after each addition, and add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir in 1 12-ounce bag chocolate chips.
Spoon 12 generous tablespoons of cookie dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.