Friday, November 21, 2014

Chewy chocolate chip cookies

Boy oh boy..this week's weather was brutal! I don't like skipping a post but unfortunately, I had to, as my body lost the battle vs. brutally cold weather. I just took a break and still hoping I get better soon. Meanwhile, as I was talking to my friend, she said she wanted to see a good chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe one of these days. As soon as she mentioned chocolate chip cookies, even though she said one of these days, I just had to have it. The next day. If I wasn't sick in bed, I probably would have gotten straight to the kitchen and baked a batch. Not this recipe though. Because this one needs some chill time. 

I have a few chocolate chip cookie recipes I like. Crispy to chewy. Alton Brown's chewy recipe is amazing too. I find that it has a little bit of almost cake like texture. When I feel like that kind of texture, I go for that recipe. Talking about Alton Brown, Steve and I just went to Alton Brown Live last weekend. He is an absolutely talented individual. I've always had respect for his professionalism and knowledge in food but he was so very entertaining and funny live too! I started watching him since high school, which is just about when he started his show Good Eats. I've always been a huge fan and I turned Steve into a fan too. Both of us enjoyed the show so much just as so many others attended the show.  If you're his fan too, you should definitely see his live show. He will be doing another tour next year too.

So back to the cookies, these cookies in the pictures are slightly over baked. Just when the cookies were done, I had the doorbell ringing and couldn't take the cookies out right away. I mean..what was wrong with me? Doorbell comes before cookies? Come on, Christine! Well, one or two minutes can do the damage quickly, so if you want the perfect chewy texture, be sure to be right next to the oven just when they're about done. I mean they were still very good. Nobody seemed to mind. =) Original recipe called for instant pudding mix but I don't like anything like that. Same reason why I am dying to bake a really pretty pink strawberry cake but I can't as most recipes call for red jello or some sort. So I completely omitted that mix and they're very good. 

Chewy chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients :

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter(1 1/2 stick), softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups chocolate chips(for better looks, chop up block chocolate)

Directions :

1. In a bowl of a stand mixer add butter, both sugars, vanilla and egg and cream until well blended on medium high.

2. Add flour, baking soda and salt and beat on low until just combined. 

3. Scrape the bowl down and add chocolate chips and beat on low until just combined.

4. Scoop on a lined baking sheet, press the top slightly and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours - up to 5 days. Or freeze. 

5. When ready to bake, bake at 350F for 11 minutes. They might look a little pale and a little underdone but they get firmer as they cool, so do not over bake. 

6. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes or so before serving. Do not cool on the cooling rack as they might break while cooling.

*Adapted from Avery cooks

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