Recipe courtesy of Carla Hall

Carla's Perfect Mix-and-Match Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I’m not sure who doesn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie, but for those who like to switch things up a little, this is the cookie for you! Here I’ve given you my tried-and-tested perfect chocolate chip cookie, along with four other flavor-packed combinations for those who want something just a little bit different from the traditional. Make the base dough without any chocolate chips at all, divide it into half or thirds, and then scale the amounts of mix-ins you want to use -- that way you’ll end up with a few different varieties to please every palate!
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: Makes about 4 cups cookie dough
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Ingredients

Dough:

Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Chocolate, Cherry and Almond Cookies:

Butterscotch-Pecan Cookies:

Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies:

White Chocolate, Ginger and Orange Cookies:

Directions

  1. For the dough: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. 
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the stick of room temperature butter, granulated sugar, dark brown and light brown sugars on medium speed until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. DO NOT OVER BEAT. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then beat in the vanilla until combined. Slowly stream in the melted butter until combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low, add the flour mixture and beat until completely combined. 
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips or the other mix-in combinations you desire by hand. 
  5. Using a tablespoon or small scoop, scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet and then chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. 
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Place half of the cookie dough scoops 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Chill the remaining dough while you bake the first batch. 
  8. Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges but still soft in the middle, 8 to 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely, if you desire.
  9. Cool the baking sheets completely, then line with parchment paper and repeat the baking process with the remaining dough.

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