Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was not too impressed with my regular chocolate cookie recipe anymore. I was using a mix of butter and shortening in my recipe for years, but they were suddenly turning out either cakey or hard. I like my chocolate chip cookies with some chewiness. This fit the bill!

The recipe comes from Anna at Cookie Madness, who got it from a Top Chef Challenge (made by Eric). This is a recipe where you don't need to pull out the mixer. I just use a wooden spoon.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 sticks of butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 cup brown sugar (I used dark brown)
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
3 teaspoons vanilla
4 2/3 cup of flour
1 tablespoon of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
18 to 24 ounces of chopped chocolate or chocolate chips (I use 1 1/2 to 2 bags of chocolate chips)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Melt the butter and cool about 10 minutes. Add the sugars, eggs, yolks and vanilla to the melted butter. Mix the salt, flour and baking soda separately and add to the wet ingredients. I like to make these big with 1/4 cup of dough. I bake them on parchment lined cookie sheets for 15-17 minutes. You want to pull them out when they look like they are almost but not quite done. Let them sit for a few minutes on the pan before removing to cool. I love this recipe!. I have played around with adding 2 teaspoons of cornstarch to the dough. I am not sure if it makes a difference yet or not. The next time I make them I will do half with the cornstarch and half without.

 It is easy to half this recipe and put into a greased 9x13 pan and bake into bars for about 22-26 minutes. I did this for Valentine's Day this year.

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