Sprinkle the baking soda, baking powder and salt evenly over the top of the butter mixture and stir to combine. Add the flour and stir with a sturdy spatula until all of the flour is incorporated, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl frequently. Stir in the chocolate chips. Lick the spatula and bowl clean, but be sure to wash your face before your mother shows up.
Bake until golden brown but still soft, 14-18 minutes or until golden brown. Add additional chocolate chips to the tops of the cookies, if desired and sprinkle lightly with flaky sea salt (optional). Allow the cookies to cool for several minutes on the pan then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough balls.
See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips.
Adapted from The New York Times
Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days and can also be frozen for 1-2 months.