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One of the most versatile cookies around, chocolate chips can easily be changed up depending on what you have on hand. The key is to start with a good base recipe and to use quality ingredients. One ingredient that I never skimp on is vanilla. My favorite is the Nielsen-Massey brand Madagascar Pure Bourbon Vanilla and I try to always have it in my house. The sweet, creamy vanilla flavor makes even the basic cookie extra special.
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Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars together until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the egg and beat for about 1 minute more. Add vanilla extract and beat to incorporate.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix on low speed until just incorporated. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoonful onto prepared baking sheets. Leave about 2 inches of room between each cookie.
Bake cookies for 18 minutes, or until just golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.