But even if you are not in need of a marriage proposal or a tow truck, this is a good recipe to have in your recipe box. The recipe calls for "chocolate chips and nuts". Just for the record, every time I have had the "ooh la la" response I have used white chocolate chips and pecans. But that is not to say that they aren't pretty darn good with milk chocolate morsels.
The key to making these cookies is in the beating of the butter and sugar. Use a good stand mixer and be patient. When it says to beat the butter and sugar for five minutes, it means five minutes. It makes all the difference. The other key is letting the dough sit overnight before baking them. I don't know why, but if you bake them without chilling the dough the cookies are flat and unimpressive. Wait 24 hours and bake the dough after it's chilled and they are soft and chewy and thick and...will you marry me?
(recipe from Todd P.)
1 lb. butter (4 sticks)
2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 Tbs. vanilla
6 cups flour
2 tsp. soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
4 cups chocolate chips (white is my preferred with this recipe)
2 cups nuts, optional (pecan chips are perfect)
*This recipe makes a lot - which is how I like to make cookies. If you don't really need 10 dozen cookies, feel free to cut the recipe in half.
In a large mixer stand bowl, cream together the butter and the brown and white sugar until light and airy. Add the eggs and vanilla and cream an additional FIVE minutes; scrapping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Sift together the dry ingredients and add gradually to the butter mixture until all is incorporated. Add chocolate chips and nuts last.
Chill the dough overnight. When ready to bake, place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Do not over bake!