Monday, March 07, 2011
You can't miss with the classics
The Essential Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie
The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion Copyright 2004
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar or 1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375°F; lightly grease two baking sheets.
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugars, corn syrup, and vinegar together; then beat in the eggs. Beat in the vanilla, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
Stir in the flour and chocolate chips.
Drop the dough by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 10 minutes, until they are just set; the centers may still look a bit underdone.
Remove them from the oven; transfer to a rack to cool.
I was a little surprised that I've never made this recipe before. At least I don't think I've made them before (wouldn't be the first time I repeated myself). I really liked the Essential Soft Oatmeal Cookie, and most King Arthur recipes, so I had faith that this recipe would be good. As I almost always do with chocolate chip cookie recipes, I think this is one of the best I've tried. It's the sort of chocolate chip cookie that I like best, soft and chewy and with a bit of height. Great flavor too.
I do wish I could once again sample the chocolate chip cookie I still think about over 25 years since the last time I had one. We used to have school fundraisers that sold big chocolate chip cookies, from (I think) the Spring Water Cookie Company (or something like that). I'm not sure what it was that made me think they were so great. Maybe they weren't as great as I remember. The company is out of business for many years I believe. In my mind, they were big, not too thick, not too thin, a bit chewy but sort of melt-in-your mouth. I really love 'big' cookies but big is not always practically. These cookies were normal-sized but still had plenty of that soft chewy center you get from the big cookies.
I hope this made sense. I am tired. It's sad when you are glad that the weekend is over.