Sunday, November 25, 2012

Better Than Average Chocolate Chip Cookies [homemade]


When I first moved to NYC eight years ago, my mom sent me with a few inexpensive pots and pans and a few cookbooks.  I really had NO idea how to cook or even what I would want to cook.  One of the cookbooks that I was gifted was The Clueless Baker (can you tell I had no clue about cooking).  This book has become my bible for baked goods, everything I have made from this book has been easy and delicious.  Hands down the best item is the Better-Than-Average-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies.  

I have made these cookies many times and have always heard from friends that these are the best chocolate chip cookies they have ever had.  Because of the rave reviews and the consistency I get when baking them, I changed nothing about this recipe (gasp)!  There is no need to mess with perfection here!

These cookies make a great gift for friends and family during the holidays.  Just use an airtight canister like this or this and attach the recipe with some twine (tip - you can buy similar jars at Ikea in the kitchen section for around $5 each...they just don't have them online)!  If you know me personally, you can definitely expect a sweet treat as a holiday gift!       


Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups (or one bag) semisweet chocolate chips 
Directions: 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
  2. Line (or butter) one to two cookies sheets with parchment paper 
  3. In a large electric mixer (or mixing bowl) cream together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla (mix until smooth and fluffy).  
  4. In the same mixer add flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda and mix well (until everything is incorporated). 
  5. Once everything is mixed well add in chocolate chips (either add by hand or mixer).  
  6. Spoon teaspoon dough balls onto baking sheet and bake for 9 to 10 minutes (just until the sides start to get golden brown.  Its better to under bake than over bake!  
  7. Enjoy 
Tip: Store your cookies in an airtight container with a piece of bread (or a few pieces).  This will keep your cookies soft as the stale air will be taken up by the bread!  


Note: these are not healthy.  As I said previously, there is no need to mess with perfection and if you are craving chocolate chip cookies, I recommend you have a "cheat" day!  The recipe makes between 25 and 40 cookies, depending on the size of your cookies.  I usually spoon a heaping teaspoon onto parchment paper and make between 35 and 38 cookies.  The nutrition info below is for 38 cookies.  





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