Monday, January 17, 2011

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Public Service Announcement: I have found the perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe! You’re welcome.  No joke- these are THE best chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted. Leave it to the amazing people of Cook’s Illustrated and their book, Baking Illustrated!

These babies are excellent fresh out of the oven with a glass of cold milk.  I’m a dunker – I HAVE to have milk with my cookies. How about ya’ll? Are you a dunker when it comes to cookies?

One thing to note, it is CRITICAL that you weigh out your dry ingredients.  Baking Illustrated has so many fabulous recipes because of the fact that they figure out the perfect scientific measurements for their ingredients to make the perfect recipe. Trust me, you want to follow their exact instructions – you won’t be disappointed!

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Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Baking Illustrated (pg 434) via The Brown Eyed BakerMakes about 18 Cookies

These oversized cookies are chewy and thick, like many of the chocolate chip cookies sold in gourmet shops and cookie stores. They rely on melted butter and an extra egg yolk to keep their texture soft. These cookies are best served warm from the oven but will retain their texture even when cooled. To ensure the proper texture, cool the cookies on the baking sheet. Oversized baking sheets allow you to get all the dough into the oven at one time. If you’re using smaller baking sheets, put fewer cookies on each sheet and bake them in batches.

Ingredients:

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (10 5/8 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm
1 cup packed (7 ounces) light or dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Adjust the oven racks to the upper- and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside.

3. Either by hand or with an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed just until combined. Stir in the chips to taste.

4. Roll a scant 1/4 cup of the dough into a ball. Hold the dough ball with the fingertips of both hands and pull into 2 equal halves. Rotate the halves 90 degrees and, with jagged surfaces facing up, join the halves together at their base, again forming a single ball, being careful not to smooth the dough’s uneven surface. Place the formed dough balls on the prepared baking sheets, jagged surface up, spacing them 2 1/2 inches apart.

5. Bake until the cookies are light golden grown and the outer edges start to harden yet the centers are still soft and puffy, 15 to 18 minutes, rotating the baking sheets front to back and top to bottom halfway through the baking time. Cool the cookies on the sheets. Remove the cooled cookies from the baking sheets with a side metal spatula.

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11 Responses to “Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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    Alyssa — January 17, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

    I made these last week, too! They are so YUMMY, but I haven’t met a chocolate chip cookie I don’t like! ;)

    • Kristina replied: — January 17th, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

      haha nor have I!

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    Debbie — January 17, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    I’m also a dunker. I hope you saved some for next weekend!

    • Kristina replied: — January 17th, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

      I made a double batch and put them in the freezer ;)

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    katie — January 18, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

    okay. so annoyed. i don’t know what happened, but your blog hasn’t been showing up in my reader in, like, a LONG time. re-subscribing now.

    • Kristina replied: — January 19th, 2011 @ 9:57 am

      aw bummer! That must have been when I switched to my .com web address! Hopefully now you’ll be able to see it again!

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    Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen — January 19, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    This looks like the perfect chocolate chip cookie! :)

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    michelle @ The Domestic Mama — January 19, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

    Ooooo~ girl! :) (Insert southern lady accent) these are on my list to make. They look awesome! Thank you for posting, and great work doing it so often; I know how hard that can be! :)

    • Kristina replied: — January 21st, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

      Thanks Michelle!! :)

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    Peggy — January 19, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    These are definitely getting bookmarked! They look fantastic!

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    Rachel — February 9, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    I made these last night and they are excellent! I made them the night before and they were not…but then I realized the expiration date on my vanilla was 12/09… makes a big difference :-)

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