Best news: You don’t have to buy a plane ticket to Joanna Gaines’s new Texas-based restaurant to try her signature chocolate chip cookies. She just published the recipe in her first cookbook, Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering. Our favorite part (other than the crispy edges and gooey, melt-in-your-mouth centers)? The recipe was inspired by baking with her dad. (Aww!)
1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
3. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer), beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggs and beat until blended. Add the vanilla and beat until blended.
4. Turn off the mixer and add the flour mixture to the bowl. Mix on medium speed just until the flour is mixed in, then turn the mixer to high speed for a few seconds to pull the dough together; it will be chunky.
5. Add the chocolate chips and beat on high speed for about 5 seconds to thoroughly and quickly mix in the chips.
6. Drop large spoonfuls of dough onto the lined baking sheet; don’t flatten them. Bake until lightly browned on top, 10 to 11 minutes. Cool on the pan on a rack for 1 minute, then transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough.
7. Store the cookies in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to three days.