Who doesn't love a perfectly baked chocolate chip cookie? Well, I'll admit that I'm pretty picky when it comes to cookies, and I've tried at least 4 other recipes for chocolate chip cookies that have left me disappointed. Short of using shortening, I thought I would never find a recipe for a crispy AND chewy home-baked-with-butter recipe. Turns out, this recipe is just that. The secret is in the addition of baking soda and water. Try it, you won't regret it. These buggers are keepers! :)
Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour and chocolate chips. Shape a teaspoonful (or tablespoon, depending on your preference) into a ball, then place on parchment paper on cookie sheet.
Bake for 7-10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack. Enjoy!