Growing up, my favorite treat my mother would make was her chocolate chip cookies. When I moved to New York at age 17, and during my reign as Miss USA, I would visit her on weekends and she would send me back to the city with a jar of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies (The Miss Universe Organization began expecting me to bring some cookies over to the offices whenever I returned from her house!). When I bake my chocolate chip cookies, I always aspire to have them look and taste just as incredible as my mother’s. But she won’t reveal her secret ingredients to me just yet, so after some trial and error I have come up with my own secret ingredient for delicious chocolate chip cookies (My mom and I even had a bake off one time when she visited me in Los Angeles, and T tried each of our chocolate chip cookies. But ever the gentleman, he said he loved both.)!
Ingredients: - 2 sticks unsalted butter - 1 cup brown sugar (it's called yellow sugar here in Canada) - 1/2 granulated sugar - 1 egg - 1 egg yolk - 1 tablespoon vanilla extract - 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour - 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs - 1 teaspoon baking powder - 1 teaspoon kosher salt - 1 teaspoon baking soda - 1 bag mini semi-sweet chocolate chips - 1/2 bag white chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat the oven to 325F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and egg yolk one at a time and mix. Add the vanilla and mix.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, graham cracker crumbs, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
My secret ingredient – graham cracker crumbs!
Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix. Next, add the chocolate chips.
And if you’re like me and LOVE chocolate, add the white chocolate chips!
Fold together with a spatula to make sure every inch is covered in chocolate chips. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop dough onto the baking sheets. Make sure they are not too big.
Bake for 14 minutes. It’s okay if the cookies look slightly undone because they will continue to bake out of the oven on the baking sheet. Let cool.
Serve with a glass of milk and enjoy!