I would bake these two-three times a week when my kids were little. They never lasted until the next day. My son asked for them instead of a birthday cake one year. If friends were around, theirs or mine, there were many walks into the kitchen. If the kids were sad for some reason they ask me to bake cookies. I had many variation to what I added or exchanged in the recipe but this is my most basic to start,so dress them up or down with your favorites.
My kids are older and my daughter is baking, but whenever I start a mixer up they both come running to see if I'm baking cookies.
1Allow butter to come to room temperature in a large mixing bowl. Add the granulated and brown sugar to the butter and blend until all incredients are creamed together.
2Sprinkle in the baking soda and allow to continue creaming until smooth.
3While mixing add the two eggs and vanilla (or almond) extract. Mix until well blended.
4Slowly add flour 1/4 cup at a time allowing each 1/4 cup to mix in before adding the next. Continue adding until both cups are incorporated.
5Measure and stir in chocolate chips.
If using almond extract only 1 cup of chocolate chips are needed to enhance the overall flavor. With vanilla extra 2 cups (or a full package) may be prefered. If the chips are cold you can mix them in with an electric mixer but if soft mix in by hand.
6Preheat oven to 350.
7Lightly spray a cookie sheet or use parchment paper. Drop the cookie dough by heaping teaspoon full onto the cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between dough drops.
8Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until a light brown and not melty in the center. Allow to sit on the cookie sheet for about 3 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. I tend to slighly undercook my cookies and allow to cool so they're soft and chewy.
9Adjustments can be made in the baking or cooling time depending upon the butter/margarine used, adding of extra flour, the humidity or personal preference.
10Store cooled cookies in a large ziplock bag or your favorite cookie jar, if they last long enough to be stored.