The Toll House cookie claims the distinction of first chocolate chip cookie, but since the development of that iconic recipe, still printed on bags of Nestle chocolate chips, bakers across the country have taken the idea and made it their own. It's often the first thing a child helps make in the kitchen, and entire cookbooks filled with variations exist. The overwhelming number of recipes might make you feel like running to the cookie aisle at the grocery store. Resist the urge and try one of these special chocolate chip cookie recipes instead.
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Do you crave chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies? With these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, you get the best of both worlds. Use smooth or chunky peanut butter in these fab cookies.
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If you have a cookie craving and don't want to make enough to feed an army, this small-batch classic chocolate chip cookies is the recipe for you! These chocolate chip cookies will take you back to your childhood.
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Bake these chocolate chip cookies with or without nuts. Choose between chopped pecans or walnuts, or add extra chocolate chips. The choice is yours!
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Nutty-tasting browned butter and lots of vanilla give these brown butter chocolate chip cookies some extra special depth of flavor. You can customize your cookies with milk, dark or even white chocolate chips, and add your favorite nut if you want.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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These ricotta chocolate chip cookies get their signature flavor and pillowy texture from ricotta cheese. Vanilla adds background notes. Add finely chopped nuts along with the mini chocolate chips if you like a little extra crunch.
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Basic definitely doesn't mean boring when there are chocolate chips in the equation. You can build on this foundation basic chocolate chip cookies recipe with variations ranging from the addition of nuts or candy to swapping various flavors of chips for the chocolate.
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With a peanut butter base, oatmeal in the mix and the expected chocolate chips, this is the hybrid best-of-all-worlds cookie. Go ahead and really build out the theme of these cowboy cookies with chocolate chips by serving them with a cup of cowboy coffee in a speckled camp mug.
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The name "classic forgotten cookies" comes from the recipe instructions to turn off the oven and "forget" them overnight. The cookies continue to bake in the oven as it cools down, yielding a thin but crisp crust and an airy interior.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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The inspirational pairing for many decadent desserts, peanut butter, and chocolate also make a perfect duo in simple soft and chewy cookies. Make a double batch of these soft peanut butter chocolate chip cookies because they store well for up to a week.
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Cornflakes, oats, pecans, coconut and chocolate chips give these great little chocolate chip and coconut ranger cookies loads of flavor and texture. Pack them as a comparatively nutritious treat for your little rangers when they head off to summer camp—or for your grown rangers at work.
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Cream cheese gives these chocolate chip cookies a cake-like texture with plenty of flavors. With this easily adaptable cream cheese chocolate chip cookies recipe, you could donate several variations to the bake sale with only minor adjustments to the ingredients.