This recipe is so good I almost don't want to share it, but since I originally found it on the internet I figure it's fair game. The base is a chocolate chip cookie, the others were developed over extensive experimentation in my kitchen by Ethan and myself. It is truly the only cookie recipe you ever need. Ever. There is no point even keeping any other cookie recipe around because this is perfection. People will think you are a genius. Because you are ;) You're welcome!
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
*see below for alterations depending on your cookie needs
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray the cookie sheet lightly with cooking spray only before the first batch.
Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
In a separate bowl, cream together melted butter and sugars until well blended. Beat in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla until light and creamy. Mix in dry ingredients until just blended.
Drop cookie dough onto prepared cookie sheets. This recipe works well for very big cookies or small.
Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly toasted. Cool on the baking sheet before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
*For Chocolate Chip Cookies: add 2 cups chocolate chips , blend by hand after adding dry ingredients
*For Snickerdoodles: add 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg to dry ingredients, roll cookie dough balls in cinnamon sugar before baking
*For Peanut Butter Cookies: decrease butter to 1/3 cup and add 1/2 cup peanut butter (if the dough is too crumbly add more butter 1 tsp at a time until dough holds together)
*For Chocolate Cookies: reduce flour to 1 1/2 cups and add 1/2 cup cocoa powder
* For Oatmeal Cookies: reduce flour to 1 1/2 cups and add 1 cup rolled oats, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground cloves to the dry ingredients. If dough is crumbly, add more butter one tsp at a time until the dough holds together. If desired, add raisins and nuts totaling 2 cups per your preference after the dough is finished.