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Sometimes baking is a precise science, but that doesn't mean it needs to be difficult. A single-bowl cookie recipe keeps clean-up to a minimum while giving you dozens of delicious cookies to eat or share, though even a recipe that calls for more than one mixing bowl can be simple to follow. Whip together a batch of oatmeal cookies, or bake a few dozen chocolate chip cookies. The beauty of the following recipe, which is based on one from The Baking ChocolaTess, is that it can be customized according to your tastes, giving you a dessert recipe you can go to again and again.

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Easy Cookie Recipes
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease two baking trays, or line them with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl.
  3. Beat the butter and the brown and granulated sugars together in a separate bowl until smooth. If you're using an electric mixer, this will take about 2 minutes. If you're doing this by hand, make sure to keep going until the mixture looks to have doubled in size and is a pale yellow in color.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until both are mixed in.
  5. Add the flour mixture in batches, and mix just until the dry ingredients are incorporated with the wet. Do not overmix, as this may lead to a dense cookie instead of one that is soft and chewy.
  6. Add the chocolate chips and the nuts. If you like a nuttier cookie, you can scale the portions so that you have 1 cup of each. You can also switch out the walnuts for pecans or toss in some raisins or cranberries for a fruitier treat. You always have the option of leaving out the nuts altogether and baking a batch of true chocolate chip cookies.
  7. Drop the dough in heaping tablespoons onto your prepared baking trays, leaving about 2 inches between each ball of dough so that your cookies have room to spread.
  8. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are brown and the tops are firm. Remove the trays from the oven, and let the cookies cool for 5 minutes. Then move the cookies onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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