Chocolate Chip Cookies

My parents recently visited Mexico and were nice enough to bring me back a bottle of tequila (in the coolest bottle ever!) and mexican vanilla.

After giving the vanilla a whiff I couldn’t wait to use it. It smelled different that any vanilla I’ve had.

The aroma was intoxicating and really warm, and comforting. And almost creamy in comparison to the madagascar vanilla I made for Christmas.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with vanilla first. So I brought it down to South Carolina with me. I figured I would want to bake something over spring break anyways.

A day or two into break the boyfriend asked if there was anything sweet in the house, I said no but that I would make something. He suggested chocolate chip cookies.

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Chocolate chip cookies it was. 

I was excited to try the vanilla in a classic cookie like this. I figured it would be easier to tell the difference from the vanilla I usually use.

The recipe I used is from Alice at Savory Sweet Life.

It’s so good you don’t even need a mixer. It had been awhile since I made a batch of cookies by hand, but it was a good workout.

When was the last time you whipped up a batch of cookies?

Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2 stick (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

To Make the Cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 360 degrees F. Line 3 – 4 cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silpat. (Don’t have enough cookie sheets? No problem. Just rotate them as you go, allowing each pan enough time to cool. You can always stick it in the fridge if need be.)
  2. In a large bowl cream together the butter, sugars and salt. Once the mixture is light and fluffy and the vanilla and eggs, mixing until just combined.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder then mix into the butter mixture until there are a few streaks of flour left. Don’t over mix the cookie dough!!
  4. Toss in the chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed and the remaining flour is mixed in.
  5. Scoop the dough 2 tbsp at a time on to the cookie sheets. Give each cookie plenty of space as they will spread during baking. (I scooped all of my dough and then baked the cookie sheets one at a time. While one batch of cookies was baking I popped the other cookie sheets in the fridge and rotated them out.)
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and allow to cool not the cookie sheets for an additional 5 minute before moving to a cooling rack. Store the cookies in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

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  1. YUM. I adore my Mexican vanilla. And these cookies look fabulous!

    Now the real question is: what are you going to do with the tequila? ;)

  2. They look great! Did you taste much of a difference from the Mexican vanilla?

    (love that they got you vanilla as a present. That’s probably the mark of a true foodie. Lol.)

    • bigfatbaker says:

      Lol!! I know, right? Vanilla and tequila, what more do I need? :) I did taste some of a difference. But mostly the vanilla just smelled much more amazing than anything I’ve ever had!

  3. Love these cookies!Will be showing on out table very soon :)

  4. These look fantastic! Mexican vanilla AND South Carolina? I’m jealous! Anyway, I’d love to try a new cccc recipe. I’ll make a batch to take on spring break! Mmm.

  5. I always think that NOT using my kitchen aid would do my arm muscles some good. You have to enjoy the classic chocolate chip cookie. I need some new vanilla. What a great gift to have some good stuff straight from the source.

    • bigfatbaker says:

      Lol I was mixing the butter and sugar for like 20 minutes to get it nice and fluffy. It took FOREVER and my arm was actually kinda sore, haha!

  6. Seeing that bottle of vanilla made me want to cry. I had a bottle like that. I brought it back from a trip I took down there. Then, I moved and forgot it in a cupboard with a bunch of other baking things (how did I not double check all the cupboards?). I don’t remember anything else that I didn’t get from there, but I do remember that bottle of vanilla because it was so, so good.

    The cookies look perfect; crunchy on the edges and chewy in the middle.

  7. Gorgeous! :) Nothing beats a classic, and the vanilla aroma must be perfect.

  8. You are right the smell of real vanilla is amazing, almost as good as hot chocolate chip cookies coming out of the oven.

  9. I love, love, love Mexican vanilla. Can’t get any around here but when I was there last I brought home several bottles. People in customs looked at me funny. I think they thought I was going to drink it. (I could!)

    Your cookies look really good.

  10. I am so jealous of you! I love vanilla and the smell is my favorite. When I was a child, I remember when my Grandma told me that back in her day women would put vanilla extract on there necks in place of perfume. Your cookies look and sound amazing. My HUsband asked me to make chocolate chip cookies on Monday. I had to tell him no, there to addicting and the dough is my favorite. Chocolate Chipp Cookies is one dangerous cookie to have around me!! I love them!!!

    • bigfatbaker says:

      Ha! I am the same way about cookie! Put them in my path and expect them to be gone. Oh my gosh I would love to do that with vanilla! But I am a little afraid I’d smell like vodka or bourbon with my homemade stuff lol.

  11. Oooh! Mexican vanilla! This sounds heavenly! The perfect way to tweak a classic!

  12. These look like crispy type of chocolate chip cookies.

  13. Yum! I love chocolate chip cookies. They are my favorite :)

    “Happy Cooking”

  14. Wow. Sounds like you have really awesome parents ;)

    • bigfatbaker says:

      Yes I do! Lol!! (You dork!) And they should be happy to find 3 bags of cookies and vanilla ice cream in the freezer waiting for them :)

  15. Mexican vanilla is the best! I’m so in love with food souvenirs when traveling.

  16. I don’t think I have tried Mexican vanilla, will have to look for it :) These cookies do look wonderful!

  17. These cookies must have been so fragrant and delicious with that Mexican vanilla! They look wonderful!

  18. A cookie recipe without a mixer? Sign me up! And I have to get my hands on that Mexican vanilla!

  19. cookies look wonderful deliciously done

  20. Chocolate chip cookies any time..these look so yum!


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