Howdy Groupthink!

I am not much of a baker at all, but fondness for a friend has compelled me to try and bake her some cookies. She adores a good chocolate chip cookie. I humbly request your tips, tricks, and (reasonably simple!) recipes. I’m a little daunted, but the thought of surprising her with a plateful of ooey-gooey, chocolate-y goodness is too irresistable. I shall try or perish in the attempt!

ps. can i ‘cream’ by hand? I think the household mixer is out of commission.

Thanks guys!