The best part of these crispy-on-the-outside, soft-in-the-middle- cookies is they're ready in a snap; no oven preheating required. We prefer thicker waffle irons for these cookies, but if your iron is thinner, be sure to adjust your timing so they'll cook faster.
Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat the sugars and butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and egg until incorporated. Adjust the speed to medium-low and add the flour in 2 batches, mixing until incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes if time allows.
Preheat a waffle iron to medium-low. Generously spray the top and bottom of the waffle iron with cooking spray. Scoop tablespoons of the dough, roll into balls and flatten slightly. Working in batches, place 1 dough round onto each section of the waffle iron, close gently and cook until slightly crisp, 3 to 6 minutes.
Serve the cookies warm or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day.
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Feel free to use vanilla paste instead of vanilla extract.