The key to the chewy, gooey appeal of this recipe is a combination of the bitter chocolate chips and the high-fat butter (look for butters labeled European-style, or indicating 80 percent or more butterfat). See the recipe for Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip cookies ». MacKenzie Smith

The simple pleasure of biting into a chocolate chip cookie dipped in cool, creamy milk is one childhood tradition that doesn’t fade with age. Whether you’re packing up back-to-school lunches or just craving a sweet snack of your own, these 12 classic cookie recipes are guaranteed to hit the spot.

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