Monday, March 22, 2010

the cookie debate

i know, it's monday morning and the first thing you see on this blog is a pile of cookies.  i apologize.  i did make a strata that i will post soon that is a little more savory than sweet.  

chocolate chip cookies have always been a family favorite.  i mean, there are so many cookie recipes out there, right? i don't know that i have mine yet, but i'm willing to figure it out.  my little brother sent out a recipe that he said were the "best/amazing chocolate chip cookies." nobody who bakes turns down trying a recipe with this in the subject line. 

the only thing in the recipe i noticed that was different was that it asked me to beat the 2 eggs before adding them to the batter.  i have never done this before and need to look up why this is supposedly better.  most recipes also ask you to combine all dry and add to wet, and this did not, saving me a bowl to wash.  i do use ghiradelli chips whenever possible.  no nestle for this girl, not just because i grew up outside of san francisco. i genuinely believe they taste better.

the cookies were devoured at 2 events, so i guess the consensus was that they were pretty good.  i would love to find a recipe that had less butter, but the same crispy edges and chewy insides, and it just doesn't seem possible to have the good texture with less fat.  i split the batter and made half with semi sweet chips & flaked coconut, and the other half with semi sweet & white chocolate chips. i liked them both, although next time i might use dark chocolate w/the white chips for more of a contrast.

1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white granulated sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
16 oz chocolate chips (add as desired -- the more the better)
1 cup chopped nuts (optional and recommended)
1 cup flake coconut (optional but i wouldn't do it if adding nuts)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream butter and sugar together (in kitchen aid or hand mixer)
Beat eggs, then add to the sugar and butter mixture
Mix in vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, salt, flower, and mix well
Add chocolate chips (and nuts or coconut flakes)

Spoon golf ball-sized portions onto a parchment lined baking sheet (i made mine a T spoon size just for purposes of sharing with many people)
Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes

Highly recommend munching on cookie dough in addition to baking cookies

1 comment:

Jayci said...

i'm a BIG fan of chocolate chip cookies. :) those look DELISH.