Sunday, May 22, 2011

What is it About a Chocolate Chip Cookie?

When I collected my boys from Sunday School this morning, a plate of snickerdoodles was waiting in the lobby of our church.  Both boys immediately devoured a cookie, as did every other child in the vicinity and the plate was quickly emptied!  Minutes later when we passed the plate again, it had been restocked, only this time with chocolate chip cookies.  My biggest little guy fought back tears.  He knew the rule...he had had his one cookie.  "But mom!  Now they have chocolate chip cookies!!!"  What is it about chocolate chip cookies?  There are so many delectable cookie choices out there, but in my humble opinion, and clearly my son's too, nothing beats the classic chocolate chip!

I don't mean to brag, but I get a lot of requests for my chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I'll admit it's a good recipe but I'm not sure it's anything special or unusual.  I sometimes add a few teaspoons of instant coffee which gives it a richer flavor...but not always, as I figure the kiddos probably don't need a shot of caffeine in an already sugary treat.  My husband's friends are so fanatical over my cookies, they swear I have a top secret ingredient.  They were sure it was something horribly bad that made the cookies taste so good...something I would never admit to.  A rumor was started that I put lard in my cookies.  Okay, no offense if you cook with lard...but lard in my cookies - Gross!  No way!  I do believe that the right tools and techniques contribute to the chewy texture of the cookie.  I would love to bake up a big batch to share with each of you, dear friends.  But since that would be sort of difficult to do, I thought I'd share a few tips that I've learned in my many years of cookie baking.  And I'll go ahead and post my recipe too.

I use my kitchen aid mixer with the paddle attachment to mix up the dough.  Your cookies will taste better if you use a pink mixer... wink ;)
I have one baking stone...just one!  It is several years old and obviously very well seasoned.  I use it for absolutely everything!  I think a stone is essential for baking amazing cookies.  I don't think I've ever burned a batch of cookies on this stone.  They come out perfect, every time.
Another baking tool I have found invaluable is a cooling rack.  I try not to let the cookies sit on the stone for more than 5 minutes after they're done baking.  I transfer them to the cooling rack as soon as they are set enough to be handled with a spatula without falling apart.  Allowing them to cool on the rack seems to be a big part of what gives them that desirable chewy texture.  

Recipe:  Yields approx. 2 dozen cookies

1 cup of butter, softened
2 cups of brown sugar
6 tablespoons of granulated sugar
2 eggs
4 teaspoons of vanilla
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
3.5 cups of flour
(optional -3 teaspoons of instant coffee)
1.5 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1.  Cream the butter with the sugars
2.  Add in the egg and vanilla
3.  Combine the dry ingredients, then add to the butter mixture. 
4.  Stir in chocolate chips
5.  Arrange spoon fulls of dough onto baking stone and bake at 375 for 8-12 minutes.  Know your oven.  Mine seems to bake a little on the cool side.  My cookies are done at exactly 11 minutes..every time!
6.  Transfer to a cooling rack.  Once cookies have completely cooled, arrange them on a pretty plate...and enjoy!

Thank you for your sweet visit!  I hope your weekend was simply lovely!  Cheers to a great week ahead!  Don't forget to bake up a batch of cookies and eat one warm from the oven!  Yummmm!

Best Wishes and Blessings,

Sharing With:
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Poca Luna said...

I have a pink Kitchen Aid Mixer so I will definitely give your recipe a try. Thanks you for sharing and I think the photo of the cookies on the pink plate is just delightful.

Apron Strings Productions said...

Those cookies do look amazing! I might just have to try out your techniques and recipe just as soon as we get our kitchen unpacked...I know my boys would love to have Chocolate Chip cookies as the first thing we make in our new house!

Cottage Lights said...

Thank you so much for your comment on my craft room. I will try these cookies! TODAY IS MY 63RD BIRTHDAY! And cough, cough,
snuff, I have this LOVELY cold! LOL

Nicole said...

You're making me drool! So tempting to stop doing all my Monday Household Loving and make me some cookies. But I must have some self-control. :(
I love the look and font of your blog-it's just darling! Thanks for stopping by
Following you now. :)

Lori @ Beneath the Rowan Tree said...

So yummy!
I would love to have you share this on our Monday Playdate (all things kid friendly!) at
Come & Play :: Monday Playdate

Holley V said...

I'll definitely have to try this! I go through MANY batches of choc. chip cookies that are just okay. This sounds fabulous!

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Stacey said...

I did make these cookies for a Church BBQ over the weekend and they were a GREAT hit!! My husband always requests TollHouse cookies, but mine are always flat. Yours looked so pretty & plump on your plate, I just had to try them. Terrific even with my white Kitchen Aid, but I used the spatula with the pink polka dots. :) Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Bartending Training said...

Amazingly easy and really looks delicious. I'm definitely craving for a plate of that right now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. This is definitely a must do recipe this weekend since I got my Food Safety Course.

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Hi, Amanda! I love chocolate chip cookies. I just made chocolate chocolate chip cookies last week and they were absolutely addicting! I'm afraid that my cookies will never be as amazing as yours though because I only have a white Kitchen-aid mixer. Darn! Hopefully my stone and cooling rack will do the trick! ;) Have a great week! P.S. I finally have a new post on my blog! P.P.S. I love you banner, it looks newer to me and the pics of your family complete with your little girl are so precious!!