A while back, I was catching up on my blog reading and came across Vanilla Rich Chocolate Chip Cookies on My Tasty Treasures. It caught my eye because Daniel is a lover of vanilla, so I bookmarked to make in the near future. That night, I was flipping through one of my mother in laws magazines as saw the same recipe in an ad for McCormick's vanilla extract. I took it as a sign and made them that night. SO glad I did because it is hands down, my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe I've ever made to date... soft and chewy and full of vanilla with just the right amount of salt in it so that you could taste it but it wasn't overpowering. They stayed fairly thick and didn't spread out too much. The recipe made quite a large batch but um... they didn't stick around that long.
Vanilla Rich Chocolate Chip Cookies from My Tasty Treasures
3¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1⅓ cups butter, softened
1¼ cups granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
4 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1 package (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars in large bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in the flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips.
2. Drop by rounded tablespoons (I used a 1 1/2 Tablespoon cookie scoop) about 2 inches apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until barely beginning to brown at the edges. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.