The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

November 5, 2008 at 1:19 pm 21 comments

You know?

I am not usually a cookie person.

I think I am more of a cakey dessert person so I rarely get a craving for cookies much less baking them. But today I wanted… No. I NEEDED some cookies. (I seem to need alot of desserts these days huh?) But not just any cookies. Chocolate chip cookies. Why? Because I am 52.6% melancholy and only chocolate chip would do. That’s why.

Ever since I saw them on my foodie all around bestie’s blog, almost a year ago (dang has it really been that long?), I’ve had them on my must-bake-someday list and TODAY was the day! But since her instructions are… ahem… condensed, I also found the recipe on fellow TWDer, Erin’s blog too. I knew I couldn’t go wrong with a recipe that 2 of my favorite blog reads agree are the BEST chocolate chips cookies…

Side note: A little nifty trick that I got from above fbff. One of the biggest reason I am not a cookie baker is b/c it takes time to make and bake each cookie so she told me to bake up some and freeze the rest of the dough for a future cookie craving. So that’s what I did! I made all the dough balls, froze them on a parchment-lined shelf in my freezer until they were solid, then stored them in a ziplock freezer bag and put back in the freezer for another day. Easy peasy!


(Recipe from Dinner & Dessert | photos from me!)

Makes 18 large cookies (I made about 75 minis)

INGREDIENTS

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 (I used dark brown sugar)
1/2 cup (3-1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 to 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used 1 cup semi-sweet)

INSTRUCTIONS

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.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside.

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.



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.

[NOTES: I wanted to make mini cookies so I used my kitchen scale and weighed out 0.5oz dough balls.]

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.

[NOTES: I baked my minis for about 10 minutes.]

ENJOY!

Husband rating: N/A

Wifey rating: A+
These were bite size, soft, chocolate gooey-ness and perfect for my craving. I am officially renaming these cookies Betcha-Can’t-Eat-Just-One-Of-Them Cookies or BCEJOOTC for short. HAHA

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21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Steph  |  November 5, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I agree, these are the best CCCs! I’ve made this recipe so many times I have the recipe memorized. Don’t you love how liquidy the batter is, it makes incorporating the flour so much easier.

    I really enjoyed the step by step pics.

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  • 2. nikki57  |  November 5, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    I just realized something … you always call me your foodie bestie, but really I’m your all around bestie right? Because if I’m not I’ll cry. It’s bad enough that I was stuck at work while you taunted me with tales of how delightful your mini cookies were, but if i had to also find out that you only love me for my baking skills I would be crushed

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  • 3. CB  |  November 5, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    STEPH, Oh yeah… that batter is amazing. I may have eaten some (translation: alot) of the batter. HAHA

    NIKKI, You are such a high maint bff. I swear! Ok I edited my BU. Don’t be crushed. You know I love you.

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  • 4. zebe912  |  November 5, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    The tedious nature of cookies has always kept me from making very many of them as well. Often I resorted to the pan cookie form of CCC’s when I had a craving.

    However, once I got the mini ice cream scoops to portion out my cookie dough, cookie making got a whole lot faster and more fun. I use my scoops for everything, including the normal sized ones for cupcakes. Now if I could just eat the recipes without having to change all the core ingredients!

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  • 5. CB  |  November 5, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    ZEBE, Maybe I need to add “cookie scoops” to my xmas list huh? Dang. Who knew baking would get so expensive? There are gadgets for everything! HAHA

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  • 6. zebe912  |  November 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    DEFINITELY!! They are a perfect stocking stuffer, and available most anywhere. They really don’t cost that much either, especially if you look for gadget sales :-)

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  • 7. Natalie  |  November 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Oh mmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmmm……..seriously — I don’t want to go to the work — can I just drive up there and munch. Haha — are there even any left young lady?

    Cheer up? Life will be OK. It will be challenged and overturned.

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  • 8. CB  |  November 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    NATALIE, uh… are you looking for an honest answer? b/c I can lie and tell you that I have a whole jar still… HAHA. Yeah T says it will probably be overturned so we’ll see. I guess its hard for me to understand why ppl differ from me on the subject. But I guess you can say the same thing for the other side huh? *shrugs

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  • 9. Julie  |  November 5, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Those look melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Now I want chocolate chip cookies… thanks… :p

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  • 10. Erin  |  November 5, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    I’m so glad you tried these and liked them! It’s my favorite chocolate chip cookie! I love the mini ones you made.

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  • 11. Tammy  |  November 5, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    I am on a continuing mission to find the best ccc recipe, so will have to try these!

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  • 12. Nikki  |  November 5, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Just wanted to tell you your the bestest person in the whole wide world because you put up with my high maintenance self

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  • 13. iambellaluna  |  November 5, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    OMG, that last picture with the bite and the ooey gooey chocolate sort of coming out is AMAZING food porn. My mouth waters as I type. Now I want to bake some cookies!

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  • 14. CB  |  November 5, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    JULIE, HAHA sorry. That was really mean of me.

    ERIN, Oh they were AH-MAZING. Definitely will be my go-to recipe from now on! Thanks for sharing!

    TAMMY, Definitely give this one a try. I am done looking now. It was THAT good.

    NIKKI, See? Thats all you have to do. Stroke my ego. HAHA

    IAMBELLA, I love the way you said that… ooey gooey chocolate. You know how some pictures make food look better than it really is? So not the case with this one. The taste is even better! Seriously go bake some cookies. You won’t regret! Well maybe your pooch will? (Not that Miss ANTM has a pooch like me. HAHA)

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  • 15. Elizabeth - Cake or Death?  |  November 6, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    I am dying to do a bake-off with this recipe vs the hard boiled egg choc chip recipe that’s going around. And if it has to be decided over multiple taste tests, well, I’m willing to do what it takes.

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  • 16. CB  |  November 7, 2008 at 5:07 am

    ELIZABETH, hard boiled egg? Do you have a link to that one? I need to see it to believe it. Can’t wait to see your bake off :)

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  • 17. bakingforthecure  |  November 7, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    I am allways looking for new chocolate chip cookie recipes, so this one is on the list, thanks! :)

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  • 18. CB  |  November 7, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    BAKINGFORCURE, I know you’ll love it. If you bake it, let me know what you think!

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  • 19. amazing chocolate chip cookies « the sparrow  |  November 10, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    [...] amazing chocolate chip cookies Jump to Comments It’s a cloudy day here (I adore cloudy days!) and I couldn’t think of anything better to do that curl up, watch a movie, and stuff myself with chocolate chip cookies.  Here’s the best recipe I have ever made (adapted from this recipe). [...]

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  • 20. snooky doodle  |  January 14, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    these look so delicious I m gonna try them :)

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  • 21. CB  |  January 14, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    SNOOKYDOODLE, Let me know what you think, k? :)

    Reply

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