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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine salt
1 12-ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips or chunks, or half chips and half chopped nuts (about 2 cups)
1. Evenly position 2 racks in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit (190.5 Celcius)
2. Put the butter in a microwave-safe bowl, cover, and microwave on medium power until melted. Or melt butter in a small saucepan. Cool slightly. Whisk the sugars, eggs, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth.
3. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon, taking care not to overmix. Stir in the chocolate chips or chunks and nuts, if using.
4. LIne 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Scoop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Wet hands slightly and roll the dough into balls. Space the balls about 2 inches apart on the pans. Bake until the cookies are golden but still soft in the centre, 12 to 16 minutes, depending on how chewy or crunchy you like your cookies. Immediately transfer cookies with a spatula to a rack to cool.