Dang good chocolate chip cookies

These are Mr Leaven's favorite chocolate chip cookies. With good reason - the recipe comes from David Lebovitz by way of Deb Perelman from Smitten Kitchen.

Our home currently smells of chocolate chip deliciousness. My husband is about to get very lucky (I would guess he's just now identifying that scent). He's been a very good boy this week and he deserves a treat.

Mr Leaven's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes ~24 cookies
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 c flour
1/2 tsp flaky sea salt
1 1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips
1 c walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped finely
Adjust the oven rack to the top third of the oven and preheat to 300F. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper.
Beat the sugars and butter together until smooth. Mix in the egg, vanilla, and baking soda.
Stir together the flour and salt, then mix them into the batter. Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts.
Scoop the cookie dough into 2 Tbsp balls and place 8 balls, spaced 4 inches apart, on each of the baking sheets.
Bake for 18 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


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