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Among life's simple and sublime pleasures, hot chocolate chip cookies, fresh from the oven, rank high. But what makes the perfect chocolate chip cookie? For us, it's thin and chewy, with ripples of buttery cookie piled up around the chocolate bits. We don't like anything else adulterating our cookies - no nuts, extra fruit, peanut butter or coconut. All these things are fine elsewhere, but don't mess with the classic, we say.

More chocolate cookies:

Chewy Chocolate Coconut Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Chocolate Chips
Brandied Prune and Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Fudge and Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

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