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There aren't many desserts that can top a well-executed cookie. Cookies are a versatile treat, encompassing everything from the crowd-pleasing chocolate chip cookie to elegant macarons. Chewy or crunchy, simple or artfully decorated, cookies are appropriate for almost any occasion. Plus, cookies are a great choice for entertaining since they are easy to transport and can be held easily in one hand. All of these are reasons an aspiring baker needs to have a great cookie recipe on hand. Try these ten classic cookies for a great start to becoming a cookie master.

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1. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips
  • Directions:

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture, then stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.

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