By Vida Gustafson

Contributing Writer

I believe that this is only chocolate chip cookie recipe you’ll ever need.

I know that’s a sweeping statement, but trust me. These cookies come out crispy on the edges and chewy in the center. Their taste is a perfect balance between butter, chocolate and vanilla.

The best thing is that the recipe is very straightforward and quick to throw together, the absolute perfect kitchen project to tackle with your kids (or grandkids!) this summer.

This recipe also converts to being gluten-free really successfully. Just substitute your favorite gluten-free flour mix for the wheat flour listed.


3/4 cup melted butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg plus 1 yolk

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate baking chips


Mix together thoroughly the eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla, and then sift in the flour, salt, baking soda and chocolate chips. Drop tablespoons of dough 2 inches apart on a baking sheet and bake at 325° for 15-17 minutes.

Then enjoy. Don’t forget the milk!