A recipe for success: Perfect chocolate chip cookies

See how to make holiday cookie containers in today's edition of FlipSide Weekend. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL)

Today’s FlipSide Weekend channels my craftier side in honor of Make a Gift Day and National Cookie Day this weekend.

You can learn how to make five unique, low-cost containers to house all the Christmas cookies you’re going to give as gifts.

If you’re stumped as to what kind of cookies to fill these handmade vessels with, here is one of my favorites that is perfect for giving (and eating) any time of year.

My mom and I keep trying to find the perfect recipe for chocolate chip cookies, but there’s just no matching our favorite: The Original Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies.

These are sure to be a holiday crowd pleaser, and no one has to know the recipe came from the back of a chocolate chip bag. We still keep the same bag from 1989 in between the pages of my mom’s cookbook and break it out every time we make them.

Chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients:

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 12-ounce package of Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl until creamy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

— Source: Nestlé Toll House

If you run into baking problems, a friend recently shared a helpful link. The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie by Ashley & Sierra offers side-by-side cookie comparisons with explanations of what may have gone wrong in the baking process (i.e. too little flour, over-mixed dough).

April Trotter

Editor of Smart. NEPA transplant. Penn State and Shippensburg grad. Kickball and craft beer enthusiast. Collector of cardigans. "Bennie and the Jets" fanatic. Contact me at atrotter@ydr.com, at "Smart magazine" on Facebook, @SmartMagPA on Twitter or by phone at 717-771-2030.

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