Saturday, January 15, 2011
The BEST Chocolate chip cookies - EVER!
I heart cookies, but have never been a chocolate chip cookie fan (I was always the oatmeal cookie girl). So growing up whenever my sisters and I would bake chocolate chip cookies, I would either pass on them altogether or make myself a few out of the naked dough (before chocolate chips were added)...I never "got" what was so great about chocolate chip cookies, but when I started baking seriously I knew it was a cookie I would have to master because who doesn't love them? (Ok besides me).
So I "took one for the team" and tried every chocolate chip cookie recipe I could get my hands on, but none were what I was looking for. If I had to make CCC's, I atleast wanted a pretty one that looked all gourmet. Even the original recipe left my cookies looking like flat puddles with bumpy rocks in them. Then in a moment of weakness (and hunger) I ate a CCC at Target ya'll (back when they used to sell Otis Spunkemeyer cookies in their deli/snack area) - and I was hooked. Instantly I knew what everyone was raving about, and I would not stop until I could make one that tasted as good. So it began, and I have been on the chocolate chip cookie recipe quest for (seriously) 8 years now.
I thought I had tried them all - ones that start with a cake mix, some that have jello pudding in them, recipes that called for softened butter, melted butter or shortening (!). I used semi-sweet chips, milk chocolate chips, baking powder, baking soda...soooo many recipes, but it always ended badly.
I had almost given up hope on finding the utopian chocolate chip cookie recipe, but thankfully I stumbled across a blog post that changed my cookie life :) So I started at Bakeat350 who linked to Orangette, who found the recipe in an article in The New York Times. It. Is. Divine. They are so good that you really should not make them unless you are surrounded by people to share them with (um because you will eat them all)! They are THE most beautiful CCC I have ever seen! And THE yummiest!
So, with no further ado, here it is, the WORST *best* chocolate chip cookie recipe ever (yeah you'll be gaining 10 lbs)... Follow the links above for actual recipe and tips - I followed the adaptation by Orangette, and the tips from Bakeat350, and I used Semi-sweet chocolate chips from Ghiradelli which were awesome :)
1. I like the Martha version of sifting:
2. Here's the yummy dough ready for a long rest in the refridgerator:
3. Used muh ginormous Farberware cookie scoop from wal-mart for these babies (LOVE IT)!
4. See, they really ARE beautiful!