Thursday, March 26, 2009

Choco Chunk Cookies

We have tried about 6 different chocolate chip cookie recipes. One time we thought we had found the perfect one and we were so excited, we made another batch and they turned out completely different. We were so shocked. We have learned that the temperature of the butter and over stirring can change things. Also we realized that we like less chips than more recipes call for. I know hard to believe, but when there is too much chocolate it takes away from the cookie taste. Also we found that some chocolate chips, were slippery and wouldn't stick to the dough. Who knew there would be so many different challenges when it comes to chocolate chip cookies. We were trying to find the perfect balance of soft, chewy and a little crisp around the edges. We found a new recipe on and thought we would give it a whirl, and it turned out fabulous and yes we did make 2 batches and they turned out almost exactly the same.

2 cups all-purpose flour- we have found that King Arthur Flour seems to work the best.
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 cups chocolate chunk pieces- we use a semi-sweet from blommers, you can use normal chocolate chips.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Then you want to sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and then set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended.

Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy.

Now you can add the dry mix into the wet. Then it's time to add the choco chunks or chips. Sometimes we don't use an exact measurement, just mix them around and see if it looks like enough.

Now it's time to drop them on the cookie sheet. We have found it's easy to use a 1/4 inch measuring cup. Scoop up the dough and with it and then divide that into 2 cookies. Then they all turn out the same size.
You can also use a ice cream scoop. Bake them for about 15 minutes. Every oven is different, so keep an eye on them. When they are done. I always place them on paper bags to cool or a wire rack.

mmm, makes me hungry just thinking about these cookies. Hope you enjoy!

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