1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugars, vanilla, and salt until light and creamy.

  3. Beat in the vinegar, egg, baking soda, and baking powder until smooth and well blended.

  4. Add the flour, stirring until just incorporated.

  5. Fold in your choice of add-ins until evenly distributed.

  6. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls (a tablespoon cookie scoop works well here) onto the prepared baking sheets.

  7. Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes, until their bottoms are barely starting to brown; they may still appear quite light in color on top.

  8. Remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool for 10 minutes on the pan before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

Tips from our Bakers

  • For smaller cookies, use a teaspoon cookie scoop and bake cookies for 9 to 10 minutes. You will end up with about 4 dozen 2" cookies.
  • Why the range in volume for the chips? Use more for an assertive hit of chocolate in every bite; use fewer if you want other flavors, rather than chocolate, to take center stage.