Cardinal Cookbook: Make Chef Hammer’s famous chocolate chip cookies


Isabella Hartman

Chef shared her class’s favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Follow along with the instructions and try it at home!

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Lincoln culinary teacher Melanie Hammericksen (Chef) polled her students on Instagram to see which recipe to submit to the Cardinal Cookbook. The most requested recipe was for her chocolate chip cookies.

Senior Davis Dunahugh and Chef came up with this recipe last year.

“Everyone loves it, so we use it a lot,” Chef said.

She also talked about why the cookies are so delicious. 

“This recipe is the perfect mix of butter, sugar and chocolate, not to mention love,” Chef said.



  • 8 ounces softened butter 
  • 12 ounces brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla 
  • 14 ounces flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325℉.
  2. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar on high speed for three to five minutes. Occasionally scrape down the sides of the bowl. 
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until well incorporated.
  4. Sift the flour, salt and baking soda. Add into the butter mixture (mixer off). 
  5. Mix on slow speed, then add in chocolate chips and mix until incorporated. 
  6. Scrape the bowl well and make sure everything is well mixed. Scoop onto baking sheet and bake at 325℉ for 13-14 minutes, or until the center of the cookie is set. 
  7. Serve and enjoy!