Monday, January 30, 2012
These will get a second chance
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nigella Kitchen Copyright 2010
1¼ sticks (10 tablespoons) soft unsalted butter
2/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
½ cup superfine sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg, refrigerator cold
1 egg yolk, refrigerator cold
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 x 11.5-ounce bag milk chocolate morsels or chips I used semi-sweet
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Melt the butter and let it cool a bit. Put the brown and white sugars into a bowl, pour the slightly cooled, melted butter over them and beat together.
Beat in the vanilla, the cold egg, the cold egg yolk, until your mixture is light and creamy.
Slowing mix in the flour and the baking soda until just blended, then fold in the chocolate chips.
Scoop the cookie dough into a quarter-cup measure or a ¼ cup round ice-cream scoop and drop onto the prepared cookie sheet, plopping then cookies down about 3 inches apart. You will need to make these in 2-3 batches, keeping the bowl of cookie dough in the refrigerator between batches.
Bake for 15-17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks and cool completely.
This recipe might be the one I've been looking for but I overbaked them. They were crunchy in a pleasant way but I'm not really into crunchy chocolate chip cookies. It actually worked out well because they didn't tempt me after I brought them to work. Something tells me if I had heeded the baking times given, I would have had a winner. I second-guessed Nigella and paid the price. I'm going to have to try this recipe again.
Just when I was getting back into blogging, I stopped feeling it. That is actually a good thing - my blog is a bit of an escape I think. It's time to face the real world a bit more. Also, swim suit season in on the way and I sort of made a promise to my son at the end of last summer about joining the community pool, breaking my long-standing rule of not being seen in a bathing suit unless I'm at least 20 miles from home. I do best when I take as much focus off food as possible. Expect it to be slow around here. Sorry.