Chef John's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Whisk flour, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, cream the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar together until mixture is light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk liquids together in small areas around the bowl, then all together to avoid separation.

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  • Step 2

    Pour dry ingredients into the wet ingredients; stir until flour is thoroughly mixed in. Stir in the chocolate chips.

  • Step 3

    Transfer dough to a resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate until dough is firm, at least 2 hours.

  • Step 4

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Step 5

    Scoop out rounded tablespoons of dough and place on prepared baking sheet, leaving 4 inches of space between cookies (about 8 per sheet). Bake in preheated oven until cookies are golden brown, about 12 minutes. Slide parchment and cookies onto a cooling rack for a few minutes. Remove parchment and finish cooling the cookies on the rack.

  • Cook's Note:

    If you don’t have kosher salt, use 3/4 teaspoon of fine table salt instead of 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher.

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