Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugars at
medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand
mixer until creamy. Add eggs and 1 1/2 tsp.
vanilla, beating until blended.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small
bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, beating
just until blended. Beat in morsels just until
combined. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment
paper-lined baking sheets.
Bake at 350° for 10 to 14 minutes or until desired
degree of doneness. Remove to wire racks, and cool
completely (about 15 minutes).
Flavor Cravings- All sorts of goodies can be added
to Rebecca's recipe to create other signature
cookies. Here are a few of our staff favorites.
Chocolate Chip-Pretzel Cookies- Prepare recipe as
directed, beating in 2 cups coarsely crushed
pretzel sticks with morsels.
Cranberry-White Chocolate Cookies- Substitute 1
(12-oz.) package white chocolate morsels, 1 (6-
oz.) package sweetened dried cranberries, and 1
cup pistachios for chocolate morsels. Proceed as
White Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Cookies- Prepare
recipe as directed, beating in 1 (7-oz.) bag white
chocolate-covered mini pretzel twists, coarsely
crushed, with morsels.
Almond-Toffee Cookies- Substitute 6 (1.4-oz.)
chopped chocolate-covered toffee candy bars and 1
1/2 cups toasted slivered almonds for chocolate
morsels. Proceed as directed.
Turtle Cookies- Substitute 1 (7-oz.) package milk
chocolate-caramel-pecan clusters, coarsely
chopped, and 1 (12-oz.) package dark chocolate
morsels for semisweet chocolate morsels. Proceed
as directed. Note- For testing purposes only, we
used Nestlé Turtles.
Nutty Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies-
Decrease salt to 1/2 tsp. Decrease morsels to 1
(12-oz.) package. Add 1 cup creamy peanut butter
with butter and sugars, and add 1 cup lightly
salted peanuts with morsels. Increase flour to 2
1/2 cups plus 2 Tbsp. Proceed as directed. (Dough
will look a little moist.)
Bake 10 minutes for a soft and chewy cookie or up to 14 minutes for a crisp cookie
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