Monday, December 1, 2014

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

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As I have said on here many times, baking is my favorite type of cooking. I don't know what I don't enjoy regular/everyday cooking as much, but I love baking- breads, cookies, pies, cakes, you name it! Christmastime is my favorite because it involves so much baking- desserts for dinners, cookies for swap parties, maybe some pies, but definitely lots and lots of cookies!

I have tried quite a few chocolate chip cookies, and while I am by no means a specialist, I have perfected a recipe for us. It comes from the "The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion" cookbook. I love this cookbook- for obvious reasons. This recipe yields chewy cookies, a house favorite around here. Sadly, I don't have a photo that I took of these wonderful cookies, but here a photo from the cookbook- I will say they typically come out looking just like the photo!

Photo taken from "The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion" Cookbook, copyright 2003, photo page #6

12 tbsp butter- at room temperature
1 1/4 c light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 c light corn syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 large egg
2 1/4 c unbleached all-purpose flour
1 c chopped nuts (optional) (I leave these out)
2 c semisweet chocolate chips

*Note- make sure the butter is at room temperature. If it's melted, the cookies will be runny

1. Preheat oven to 375°

2. Beat butter, light brown sugar, and corn syrup together until fluffy

3. Beat in vanilla, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Then mix in egg and beat well

4. Beat in flour, then stir in chocolate chips (and nuts if using).

5. Drop cookie dough by the rounded tablespoon (or a cookie scoop) only a parchment lined cookie sheet

6. Bake for 12-14 minutes, just until the cookies are lightly browned on the edges. I like to rotate my cookie sheets 180° half-way through baking. The cookies will look slightly undercooked in the middle, but will set up as they cool.

7. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire cooling racks.

*Note- to maintain the chewiest cookies, store in airtight container with a slice of bread, apple or a sugar-softener (like this one here)

cookie swap 1 Our virtual cookie swap, hosted by Raising A Family On A Budget, is in full swing!  Take a taste of these delicious recipes to get you through the holiday season. Do you have a favorite cookie recipe that you would like to share? Add it to the list below and join the party!

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  1. Replies
    1. They really are! As I was copying the recipe to the post, I was thinking I would love to bake some this week :-)

  2. All the recipes in this cookie swap are making me want to start baking! These look amazing.

    1. They all look delicious! I'm happy to try any new cookie recipes!

  3. I love chocolate chip cookies! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  4. Replies
    1. Me too- I am not a fan of dry or crunchy cookies

  5. Replies
    1. They really are! I usually end up with less than the recipe calls for- even the batter is delicious!

  6. Once you have the perfect chocolate chip recipe, stick with it! Looks delicious!

  7. Chocolate chips cookies are definitely my favorite


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