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These are the best ever chocolate chip cookies, my mom finally shared her secret recipe with me! Chewy on the inside, crispy on the edges, and the best light crumb that only comes from using her secret ingredient!
Everyone ❤️❤️❤️ these chocolate chip cookies so much, they really are the best ever! They barely last a full day at our house, everyone attacks the tray right when they come out of the oven. They’re so good, you don’t even care that the cookies are still hot and you’re probably going to burn your mouth on the molten chocolate chips.
What’s the Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Secret Ingredient?
Everybody always asks for her cookie recipe, but she never gave it out– until now! I’m not saying it’s because I’m her favorite child or anything, but I’m just saying. ?
How can a cookie be light and airy, but dense and chewy in the middle, and lightly crisp around the edges?! I don’t know!! But these cookies really are!
My mom’s secret ingredient, that makes these cookies the best ever chocolate chip cookies is…
—-> Cream of tarter! <—-
If you’ve ever made meringue before, it’s the ingredient that helps to keep it light and airy. It’s exactly what it does for these chocolate chip cookies too. I’ve never had a cookie like my mom’s chocolate chip cookie, anywhere else! She also sifts her flour multiple times, to make sure the flour has a perfect consistency, but it’s completely up to you how many times you want to sift.
Once you try my mom’s recipe, you’ll never need or want another chocolate chip cookie recipe!
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Whenever my mom makes these chocolate chip cookies for holidays, she always adds holiday themed M&M’s® in addition to the chocolate chips, to make them look extra festive. For Christmas, she uses red and green M&M’s® and for Halloween, she uses orange, white, and yellow M&M’s®, so it resembles candy corn. Of course for Easter, she uses M&M’s® Pastel to make her chocolate chip cookies look extra spring-like!
My mom and I both love Easter– all the flowers, baby animals, springtime, the beautiful weather, and especially the azaleas that bloom at my parent’s house in the side yard. When Easter is early, like it is this year, the azaleas stay in bloom through the holiday. The bright pink and purple flowers are such a pretty background for Easter pictures!
When we were little, my dad always dressed up as the Easter bunny on Easter morning. My mom would wake us up early, and my brother and I would excitedly run to the picture windows in the living room, to look out and see the bunny (aka my poor dad who was roasting in his hot, furry costume) dropping eggs for our egg hunt.
Lately, we’ve been doing Easter Sunday brunch at home, so we can just spend the whole day together, without having to rush off to a restaurant for dinner. Plus, I might be biased because I used to work in a restaurant, but I don’t think it’s fair that any restaurants are open on holidays. Everyone should get to be with their family or friends, not stuck working at a restaurant wishing they were celebrating with their family.
Another reason I’m partial is because my mom is the best cook ever! Why go out to a restaurant for so-so food, when my mom always puts on the most amazing spread! I’ll be bringing my granola bird nests with Easter eggs, as my contribution to the buffet. What will you be doing on Easter this year? Any plans?
The Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 4 1/2 cups AP flour
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cream of tarter
- 1 cup butter room temperature
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup grapeseed oil or any oil you prefer
- 1 tsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 1 cup chocolate callets or chocolate chips, save 1/4 cup for topping
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup M&M's® Pastel + 1/4 cup for topping
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Sift the flour, sea salt, baking soda, and cream of tarter together into a large bowl. Set aside.
- Using a mixer, add the softened butter, and both sugars to the bowl. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes until completely creamed together.
- Add oil, milk, vanilla and the egg. Beat on medium until combined.
- Stir in the chocolate callets, walnuts and M&M's®. Using a tablespoon, scoop 2 balls into your hand and roll with our palms to smooth it out. Place the balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Top each cookie with a few more M&M's® and chocolate callets.
- Bake for 15 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly golden brown.
- Let the cookies cool on tray for 1 minute, then move to wire racks to continue cooling.
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter holiday, that’s filled with love, fun, and cookies!
What’s your favorite Easter basket treat? Let me know in the comments!
NEVER MISS A STACEY HOMEMAKER CREATION!