Tuesday, January 19, 2010

yet another chocolate chip cookie recipe

I really thought I was going to take a break from trying different chocolate chip cookie recipes after I found this one, but then I'm just gonna have to stop reading Tastespotting. Everything just looks so good! I realize a pretty picture does not guarantee a good recipe, but it's a good start. This is the picture I saw, and here's where the recipe originally came from. So let's see 'em:

They were good! Not good enough to supplant the other recipe, but certainly quite edible. The texture of the top was interesting, and I should probably have guessed it after looking at the pictures. The cookies were chewy, with crisp edges, and almost a meringue-like crackly top. It must be all the sugar. See these deep grooves?

I have a few notes on the recipe. First, she calls for salted butter, which I don't have on hand. I intended to add a little more salt to compensate, but I forgot. Speaking of salt, I was supposed to use sea salt, and I forgot, but coarse kosher salt probably did just fine to provide larger grains. I saw a discrepancy between her weight and volume measurements: I use King Arthur Flour's measurements of 4.25 ounces = 1 cup flour and 6 ounces = 1 cup chocolate. Alice uses 4 ounces = 1 cup flour and 8 ounces = 1 cup chocolate. I used the weight measurements she provided. I used a mix of about 65% chocolate chips and 35% dark chocolate mini chunks, just for fun. My oven is really inexact, so I aimed for 350F and didn't worry about getting up to 360F. I also baked the cookies a little less long than the recipe called for; in general, baking times are just an estimate, and they're done when they're done.

Here's the recipe:

Alice's Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Makes about 4 dozen 2" cookies)

1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) sugar
1 1/2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
12 ounces (just under 3 cups) flour
1 teaspoon small/medium grind sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
16 ounces chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter and sugars until they are light and fluffy, about 5 minutes on medium speed. (It was really light after 5 minutes, which made the dough really creamy.) Add eggs and vanilla and beat for 2 more minutes. Add flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix until fully incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.

Scoop cookie dough onto baking sheets lined with silpats or parchment paper. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown. I don't like to let them get too dark. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for two or three minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


Sandra Dee said...

I'm sticking with your other recipe....it worked for me last time so I don't think I'll need to find another one....

Maria said...

Glad you tried them. You can never have to many cookie recipes:) I will have to try your other recipe!

ButterYum said...

Fantastic photo!!!

Thanks for your lovely words about the piping on my cake. I posted a pic that shows more detail - I basically did a simple swirl in concentric circles all over the top of the cake. Very easy - didn't even use a pastry bag. I simple snipped a hole in the corner of a quart size zip-top storage bag, put my piping tip in, and added the whipped cream. I think I'll add a photo of that too.

I hope that helps!

Danielle said...

Tastespotting is such a bad infkuence. So bad, it's good. :-)

I'm off . . . to try yet another chocolate cookie recipe. Thanks a lot.

HanaĆ¢ said...

These look yummy! I might have missed it but what is your "other" recipe? I've heard a lot of good things about Alton Brown's Chewy CC Cookies, but haven't tried them yet.

If you have time, check out my blog at HanaasKitchen.blogspot.com. The decorations on my cake might give you some ideas too.

Steph said...

I love those crackly tops! I'm going to have to look at your other recipe. My current favourite is the NYT one. It has excellent flavour and texture! The best part is it provides weights because the only thing that matters is what the author considers one cup to weigh.

Lauren said...

Thanks for this recipie! I made them for my friend when she was sick and her family LOVED them! I had one myself and it was amazing!

Liquor License New York said...

Amazingly easy and really looks delicious. I'm definitely craving for a plate of that right now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. This is definitely a must do recipe this weekend since I got my Food Safety Course. Happy Valentines Day!!!