Friday, April 25, 2008

Mmm Chocolate Chippers!

Is there anything better than freshly baked cookies? I think not. Whenever we have company, or I'm simply bored, I make cookies. But what is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe? Everybody thinks that their cookies are the greatest, but it seems that we are always at an impasse. Some like them soft and gooey, others likes them flat and crispy. And the ever elusive soft and gooey in the middle, and crispy on the edges. My brother had some friends over, so I decided to try out the cooks illustrated version! Well technically these are the "Liz classic" cookies. Anyways, they were a total hit! All of them were gone at the end of the night. Who said cookies aren't the perfect bon-fire food!

The brown sugar gives it that classic homemade taste, wile the walnuts give it that slightly nutty flavor. I gotta tell you, I'm not generally a nut fan, but they give these cookies such an irresistible flavor! I don't like large chunks of nuts, so I used this chopper thing that turns these nuts into almost like a powder, so you get the nut flavor without the nut chunkies! Its the best of both worlds! For me, the hardest part about making cookies, is to not eat all the dough! I think that it is always better than a baked cookie!So if you are in need of a sure fire cookie recipe to try, these are great! They are a really deliciously crisp on the outside, yet remained soft and perfect in the middle.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cooks Illustrated
Liz aka Baking Brunette ; )

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup of brown sugar (darker brown sugar will yield a browner cookie)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp water
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup nuts( I used 1/2 cup because I don't like too many nuts, I also chopped them very finely, almost to a powder)
  1. Adjust oven racks to upper and lower middle positions and heat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk flour, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. By hand of with an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium power. Add eggs, vanilla, and water. Beat until combined about 40 seconds.
  3. Add dry ingredients and beat on low speed until just combined, 15-20 seconds. Add chocolate and nuts. Stir until just combined.
  4. Drop batter by tablespoons on ungreased cookie sheets, spacing dough about an inch apart. Bake reversing position of cookie sheets half way through baking to insure even browning. Bake until light golden brown, and the edges are beginning to crisp, 8-10 minutes. Cool on sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  5. Store in an airtight container if your resistance holds up ; D


giz said...

Probably the most desired and appreciated cookie - it's just not possible to make a lousy chocolate chip cookie

daphne said...

oh nice! I like that sound of that. Your cookie is so nicely shapped too!!

Peter M said...

I like how you saved us from having to go back into the cookie jar by just making one big, honkin' cookie!

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Hehe yeah, i used a large ice cream scooper. Who wants a small cookie anyways? : D

cook eat FRET said...

your blog is getting better and better every time i look! i just read back about 6 posts and every recipe i want to make!

Mrs. L said...

I love nuts in my chocolate chip cookies so I'm going to try the full cup (but I like the idea of using that chopper thing which I have to make the pieces not so big!)

didally said...

How can one turn down a chocolate chip cookie? Definitely not me.

Kate / Kajal said...

all those chocolate chips in there is driving me crazy. i need a cookie now!

Elle said...

Great idea to chops the nuts finely! My kids won't eat cookies with nuts in them, but I think I could sneak them in that way. They look so good!

RecipeGirl said...

I still continue to try out new choc. chip cookie recipes all the time. I'm convinced that I still haven't found the ultimate recipe.

I love the dough too :) (more than the cookies.)

Mochachocolata Rita said...

my friends told me not to bake cookies, they're worried that i might scare myself seeing the amount of butter being used...but i think i can handle it's the dough i am scared of finishing before baking ^_^

Amber said...

Gotta get me some of those!!! :D

pinknest said...

they look like perfection! for me to eat.

Sweet Sins said...

Hi Jessy! I just found your blog. I have two German Sheps myself they are Duke and Duchess... Duchess is all white and Duke is cream and black! I love your blog I think it is great!! These cookies look pretty darn good too!