I am one of those people that read cooking manuals as my fun, light reading. I came across the most amazing recipe for The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies know to mankind. This recipe came from Baking Illustrated, page 434 During our test run we made a batch for our co-workers. These cookies did not last 5 minutes and we had people very upset that they didn’t get their cookie.
BEWARE….This recipe makes some BIG cookies. Perfect for sharing or bribing the kids to get those extra chores done around the house.
2 cups plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm
1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1-1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Adjust the oven racks to the middle positions and preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper, or spray them with nonstick cooking spray.
Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.
Mix the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Roll a 1/4 cup of the dough into a ball. Hold the dough ball with the fingertips of both hands and pull into 2 equal halves. Rotate the halves 90 degrees and, with jagged surfaces facing up, join the halves together at their base, again forming a single ball, being careful not to smooth the dough’s uneven surface. Place the formed dough balls on the prepared baking sheets, jagged surface up, spacing them 2 1/2 inches apart. Hard to put in words – watch the video…
Bake until the cookies are light golden grown and the outer edges start to harden yet the centers are still soft and puffy, 15 to 18 minutes, rotating the baking sheets front to back and top to bottom halfway through the baking time. Cool the cookies on the sheets. This is the point where hired guards would be a good idea otherwise they are sure to disappear in no time flat.
Nikko & Amy