how to: make the best cookies

about two years ago, i found my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe in this book. well i have yet to try many of the other recipes in in, i have made this recipe one of my standbys. i've shown it before here, but i decided to share how to make it. besides modest tweaks and a general disregard for directions, this is not my recipe. so if you like it, think about buying the book... there's a lot of fantastic (and easy) recipes to try.

1 lb butter (2 sticks)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar*
2 cups pecan halves**
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
 2 1/2 cups flour***
12 oz bag of chocolate chunks

(1) preheat oven to 350. if you add the pecans now, they'll be good to go when the oven is done preheating (2) using microwave/stovetop, heat butter until melted (3) combine melted butter with sugars and stir (4) add vanilla, salt and eggs. stir (5) add baking soda, baking powder and flour. stir until a soft dough is formed (6) add pecans and chocolate chunks (7) evenly space the balls of dough on a cookie sheet. the book says to chill for an hour in the fridge, but i find popping them in the freezer for about 10 minutes does the trick (8) cook for 6-9 minutes. or longer if you have a gross awful rental oven. or if it's humid and there's no air conditioning (9) enjoy!

*make sure it's the dark brown. i've tried it with light, and it's just not as good.
**or walnuts work just as well.
***i usually use more than 2 1/2. it's never quite 3 cups, but varies in that range.

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