Wednesday, December 5, 2012

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know it is hard to believe that in 19 months of blogging you don't know all of my secrets yet. 
However, I have a cookie secret that I have never shared.  First I have to say chocolate chip is my all time favorite cookie.  So much my favorite that I don't make them often due to lack of self control.

So, whats the big secret??? My absolute favorite chocolate chip cookie is my adapted version of the Nestle Toll House cookie recipe.  I have tried quite a few of the best ever cookie recipes...  They are too cakey, too crisp, not chewy enough, not enough chocolate, too much chocolate or TOO MUCH WORK...  I love this recipe!  I use it all the time.  You still love me, right? 

So what are my 'genius' adaptations, you ask?  Well I like more vanilla flavor and a little more chocolate.  I also prefer to use kosher salt, I like getting a salty sweet bite here and there through the cookie.  Top favorite reason?  Easy peasy cookies! 

This dough freezes perfectly.  Just scoop onto a cookie sheet and flash freeze the dough for a few hours.  Then place frozen scoops into a freezer bag and remove and bake and desired. Recommended to freeze up to 8 weeks. 

Try them, you are going to love these.  I will be sharing more delicious cookies on Friday, in the meantime check out Dash to the Holidays!  Cookie Party 2012

A HUGE virtual cookie party where you can view and share fabulous cookie recipes all in one place!  Hosted by (our blog) The Simple Kitchen and Dash we are delighted bring you our very first Dash to the Holidays Cookie Party! Everyone is invited! Tell your mom, your best friends, your grandma and your neighbors. Share your recipes with Dash, PARADE and millions of readers online. The more cookies the merrier!!! 

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Recipe slightly adapted from Nestle Toll House

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes 84 1 tablespoon cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment.

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Whisk until well mixed.  Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer beat butter and both sugars on medium speed until creamed.  About 3 minutes.  Add vanilla extract and eggs.  Beating well to combine.

With mixer on low, slowly add flour mixture. Add chocolate chips.  Mix to combine.

Using a 1 tablespoon scooper or a heaping teaspoonful drop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Bakers tip:  This dough freezes perfectly.  Just scoop onto a cookie sheet and flash freeze the dough for a few hours.  Then place frozen scoops into a freezer bag and remove and bake and desired. Recommended to freeze up to 8 weeks.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com

8 comments:

  1. I made my first batch of Toll House cookies when I was only 8 years old. That may not seem like a long time ago to you, but since I'm 53 it was. I can make them without a recipe, as I'm sure you can too. They also have a double chocolate recipe that is just as great. We love to freeze the dough balls but unfortunately raw egg or not, they hardly ever make it to the oven. Love your posts, your recipes and still love you!

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    1. You made me all warm and fuzzy inside. Kind of like a chocolate chip cookie. {{{huggggz}}}

      By the way, I am not far behind - I am 41 years young.

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  2. I have a question: Do you use measuring cups or do you weight your dry ingredients? I have always used measuring cups and I'm wondering if that will cause inconsistency in my baking. Thanks for doing your blog, I enjoy it.
    Jody

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    1. Hi Jody, thanks for stopping by. I use measuring cups in all but one of my baking recipes. I have a method of fluffing my flour before scooping it. I use a very large container that is only half full. I fill a cup and pour it out, fill a cup and pour it out, that way the flour is not compacted. That is the most common inconsistency in baking. I hope that helps. If there is anything else I can help with feel free to post again or email me.

      XO, Happy baking!
      Donna

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    2. Thanks Donna for the reply. I'm planning on making these cookies this evening. I will try your method for measuring flour. My husband will appreciate the recipe you posted today, they are his favorite.

      Happy holiday cooking,
      Jody

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  3. I have a question for you: do you measure your dry ingredients or weight them? I have always measured mine and I'm guessing my baked goods would probably be better if I weight them! Thanks, Jody

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  4. Your cookies sound great! I put extra vanilla and chocolate in the toll house recipe also. YUM!

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  5. Hi, I tried making these cookies, they turned out really greasy on the bottoms , do you know what I could have done wrong?

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