I have tried so many different chocolate chip recipes and this one wins the blue ribbon! It hasn't failed me yet. The cookies have always come out perfect. And they stay fresh for days, even those I haven't put into an air proof container.
1 lb butter, melted (not margarine)
1 box dark brown sugar (or 2 1/3 cups brown sugar)
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla
6 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 - 2 packages of chocolate chips (I perfer Guittard)
Cream together melted butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Add salt, baking soda, and flour. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Bake 10 minutes at 350 F. Do not over bake. (I take them out even if they do not look quite done, as long as the bottoms are golden brown.
This recipe makes a large batch of cookie dough. Try dividing the dough in half and making two separate batches of cookies. If you're feeling a bit daring, make three or four smaller batches.
Here are some ideas to get you going:
Cherry Chocolate: add a cup of dried cherries to the dough, dip in milk chocolate after baking.
Cranberry Delight: add 1/2 cup craisins, and 1/2 cup white chocolate chips to the dough, drizzle with white chocolate after baking.
Tropical Paradise: add 1/4 cup chopped dried mango, 1/4 macadamia nuts, and 1/8 cup shredded coconut to the dough, dip in white chocolate after baking.