Chocolate Chip Cookies

The past few weeks have been fraught with the birthdays of my favorite people (it seems as if all of my friends and family are Aquarians). On the day of Alex's birthday, before bringing him to lunch, I stopped by his office at UPenn with a plate of these big yummy cookies. I made a practice batch the day before (to make sure that they were perfect) and within the first bite, this became my new favorite cookie recipe. With Valentine's Day around the corner I'm sure your honey or your secret admirer would appreciate these perfectly sweet cookies!

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: 12 Big, Perfect Cookies

1 stick of butter (softened)
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups white flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Using either a hand mixer or a stand mixer, begin by mixing the softened butter and the two sugars together for five minutes. The mixture should be light and fluffy. Next, add the egg and the vanilla and mix it for an additional few minutes.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, the salt, the baking soda, and the baking powder. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Once they're incorporated, use a rubber spatula to fold the chocolate chips into the dough. Roll the dough into 12 large balls, and place them six at a time onto a buttered cookie sheet. Place them into the oven for 10-12 minutes or until they're perfectly golden. Just before they've finished baking, sprinkle a bit of brown sugar over the top for a little extra crunch.

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