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Chocolate Chip Cookies

August 8, 2011

David was going on a road trip recently so I decided to make him and the guys in his car chocolate chip cookies from scratch.  I didn’t do a lot of research, I just opened the nearest book and started baking. This recipe says it makes 60 cookies, which is not true.  I think it made 40, but I doubled it.

Chocolate chip cookie recipe from “Art and Soul of Baking” by Sur la Table.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons vanilla extract (I used vanilla bean paste, yummy)
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
6 ounces good-quality semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped into 1/4-inch chunks, or 1 cup dark chocolate chips
same as above of milk chocolate
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Procedure:
1. Preheat ove to 350 and position oven rack in center.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Place the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in the bowl of the stand mixer and beat on medium-low speed until smooth and blended, about 2 minutes.  You can also use a hand mixer and a medium bowl, although you may need to beat the mixture a little longer to achieve the same results.  Scrape down the bowl with a spatula.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat just until blended after each addition.  Add the vanilla and blend well.  Scrape down the bowl.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Turn the mixer to the lowest speed and add the flour mixture all at once.  Blend just until there are no more patches of flour.  Scrape down the bowl.
4. Add the chocolate and nuts (if using), and blend on low just until combined.  Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir gently a few times with the spatula to make sure there are no more patches of unincorporated flour or butter lurking near the bottom of the bowl.
5. Using the small ice cream scoop or spoon, portion tablespoon-sized mounds onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.  Bake the cookies one sheet at a time, spinning the sheet halfway through, for about 10 to 14 minutes, until the cookie are golden brown at the edges and still a bit pale in the center.  If you want crisp cookies instead of chewy ones, bake them a couple extra minutes.

Store cookies in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Obviously, they did not last that long, but they were yummy.

The process wasn’t too extensive and they were really yummy.  Some of the best dough I’ve ever eaten.  Seriously.

Try them for yourself!

Happy baking!
-Amanda

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