Monday, July 21, 2008

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was checking out the What's Cooking board looking for a recipe for dinner and I came across this recipe for supposedly the best chocolate chip cookies ever. I love sweets, so I decided to heat up leftover barbeque (recipe will be in my next post) and spend some quality time baking. The recipe was really easy and these really were the best chocolate chip cookies I'd ever had. Casey seemed to agree. This was also an excuse to use my new calphalon baking sheets and they were awesome.

(Source: Baking Illustrated, page 434)
Makes about 18 large cookies.

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

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.


Cara said...

Do you have any idea why you have to do that pull apart and reshaping thing?? Did you chill the dough before baking any of it? Great recipes!

Renee said...

You don't have to pull apart the dough. I think the idea is just to give the top of the cookie that rough look like the cookies you see in a bakery.

I usually always chill my dough for a little bit. I like my cookies thicker and they stay together much better in the oven when they are chilled first. Good Luck!