8.22.2011

Amazing Deliciousness to Make You Hungry Tonight

I admit, it took me twenty three years to figure out how to make chocolate chip cookies. But in less than eight months, I’ve perfected the recipe.

Okay, that’s a lie.The New York Times perfected the recipe.

But seriously. It’s amazing. Freaking amazing.

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Time: 45 minutes (for 1 6-cookie batch), plus at least 24 hours’ chilling

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons

(8 1/2 ounces) cake flour

1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt

2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract

1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content (see note)

Sea salt.

1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.

3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.

4. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen 5-inch cookies.

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I’m pretty sure what makes these so amazing is the combination of the bread flour and the cake flour. They are so soft and chewy and delicious.

Oh, and I added M&Ms.

Make them. Now.

xoxo,

4 comments:

Jane @ In the Pink and Green said...

Ahhh I have so been wanting to try this recipe, so thanks for the extra motivation, it looks so delish! I just found your blog and I love it! xoxo

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Erin said...

I bookmarked this page so I can save the recipe! Thanks for posting it :) I'm totally craving cookies now!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

mmmm i could go for one of those right now. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

The Michelle Show said...

Girl I have been so content with my premades, but you are making me want to make a big mess of my kitchen!

There is an awesome local farm that sells premade cookie dough in the best flavors, and you can freeze it for a year, or refridgerate for 2 weeks. I seperate big tubs into little containers and take them out as I need them. Just scoop, bake and done. Love!