Monday, March 23, 2009

Cookie Monday

I'm officially on a quest to make my husband the
perfect chocolate chip cookie.
Kevin is extremely particular about desserts. Choco chip cookies must be soft & chewy, which I have yet to find/adapt a great recipe for. This evening I went with
Soft-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies
from the April issue of Everyday Food. Sounds perfect, right? They came out yummy, but too crispy on the outside and cake-like inside. Too much flour? Leavener? We'll see what next week brings.
It's a rough job, but someone's gotta do it.
Suggestions welcome.


Abby said...

I don't have any tips, but will be eagerly awaiting your results. My husband likes his cookies the same way and I haven't got it right yet!

Sherryl said...

I'm getting a cookie crave at 1 am EST (my time)! Those cookies look yum! I have a soft and chewy cookie recipe but they're not just chocolate chip. They're my Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip cookies and I've made them for years! They are tried and true!!! If you want it Heather, just let me know and I'll email it to you!

Michell Page Morgan said...

Suggestion, Use the Betty Crocker Choc Chippers receipe .. try that or the one on the original Nestle choc chips bag. Do you mix the dry ingrediants first... dont over mix. I bet you use your kitchenaide? Tryit without it for once and see...if that is the trick. Use real butter...i bet you do tho.. yah and dont overmix. Sometimes the baking soda/pwder is too much...I will have to ask my mom she always knew what went wrong in

kkmom said...

no matter what I use real butter, but I half the recipe with half of the butter it calls for then the remaining half I use vegetable shortening ( regular or the butter flavor is good too)... yes sounds fattening, but that is what gives you the moistness, and keeps it. Do watch the over mixed with the flour though ( Which I am sure you already know!)
Hope that helps.

Heather said...

*No, I don't use mixes/shortening.
*Unsalted butter only.
*Yes, I usually use my kitchenaid.
*Last night used my handmixer.
*I always sift my dry ing. together first.
*I never ever overmix after flour mixture is added (develops the gluten).
...I think this time it's about balance of ingredients, not technique.

Sherryl- I'd love to try the oatmeal recipe. (I have one too- I wonder if they're the same!)

Thanks everyone :)

Still thinkin!

Merrick said...

Delurking to give you the worlds best chocolate chip recipe -- I make it with half semi-sweet and half white chocolate chips. They're to die for.

Chocolate Chip Cookies: (makes about 96 cookies)

4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
2 cups (4 sticks) butter, softened
4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
5 eggs, slightly beaten (remove one for more chewy, less crispy)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and sugars and mix well.
3. Using your fingers, mix in the butter until it is crumbly.
4. Add chocolate chips. (You can stop here if you like and
store dough for up to six months in the freezer.)
5. Beat eggs and vanilla together, then add to the cookie mixture with
your fingers and blend.
6. Using a tablespoon, drop small mounds (you should be able to have
16 cookies on a sheet at a time) onto an ungreased or parchment
covered cookie sheet.
7. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until brown. Remove from hot sheet immediately.

I always half the recipe and when I do I use 2 eggs and they turn out the perfect amount of melt-in-your-mouth and crispy around the edges. Also, the cookie dough is delicious :)

Merrick said...

I'm so glad you're going to try the cookies! One tip -- if the butter is any bit beyond softened (aka melted at all) it will totally change the cookies. Make sure it's only SOFTENED.

Good luck!!

Tegan and Tage said...

If Tage were to read that post I'm sure he'd be packing his bags to leave me for you! Just kidding... he wouldn't bother with the bags... :) He has a serious chocolate chip cookie addiction.

Mique (as in Mickey) said...

Here are my favorites by far:
Yum. Yum. Yum.
Hope you like 'em.