Thursday, January 15, 2015

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies.doc

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: 6 dozen cookies

2 cups butter, cold and cubed

1 cup sugar

3 cups light brown sugar

4 eggs

6 cups flour

2 teaspoons sea salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375F or 190C degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Cream together the butter and the sugars. Add the eggs and beat until fully incorporated. Whisk together the dry ingredients and then slowly add to the wet ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips. Use a medium size scoop to place generous 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoon size scoops of dough onto the lined cookie sheet.

Bake 11-12 minutes until just barely browned around the edges. Remove from the oven while still soft, as soon as they are puffy and cracked on top. Let cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Transfer to wire cooling racks and let cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Enjoy!

The size of the cookie is key to achieving a bakery style cookie with a perfectly chewy center and crispy edges all around. A medium size scoop with approximately 2 tablespoons of cookie dough per cookie works perfectly.

Cold and cubed butter is simply butter that has been sliced into small squares. I've made plenty of recipes with room temperature butter, melted butter, and cold butter. Each of those methods results in a very different cookie. The thickness and the chewiness of this cookie requires cold butter that has been cut into small 1/2" pieces to help it mix easily in with the butter.

I've made these cookies both with and without vanilla. I actually prefer them without the traditional vanilla. Feel free to add a teaspoon or so if that makes you happiest.




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