A recipe is merely words on paper; a guideline, a starting point from which to improvise. It cannot pretend to replace the practiced hand and telling glance of a watchful cook. For that reason, this is also an account of what happens when I make this dish, so you’ll understand each step. Of course when you cook it once, it becomes yours, so personalize it a bit. Add more of an ingredient you like or less of something you don’t like. Try substituting one ingredient for another. Remember words have no flavour, you have to add your own!
This is probably the most important recipe in my repertoire because it impresses my son Gabe more than anything else I cook! It’s a favourite of my family’s and I’m sure yours will love it too.
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Whisk the flour, salt and baking powder together. Set aside.
2. Cream the cold butter and sugars together by beating them until they’re smooth in a stand mixer. If you don’t have a stand mixer beat vigorously by hand in a large mixing bowl or combine them in a food processor. Add the corn syrup, egg and vanilla and continue beating until well combined. Scrape down the bowl and gradually add the flour mix, beating just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and any optional nuts with a spoon.
3. Using a spoon, scoop out a ball of the dough and drop onto a lightly greased cookie tray. Flatten slightly. Repeat leaving lots of room in between the balls for the cookies to expand. Bake for ten to twelve minutes. Cool for two minutes on the cookie sheet then remove and cool further.