Baking 101

The_Doodle
Do you like super soft chocolate chip cookies? ETA Made them in chocolate, too.
December 9, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I know I do. I just finished making a batch of cookies from a new recipe I found that claimed to make soft cookies and dammit. They're right. Now I've eaten two and want a third. The secret ingredient is cornstarch, apparently. And I made my cookies way bigger than the recipe called for and still baked for exactly 10 minutes. They are perfect.


http://kelseysappleaday.blogspot.com/2011/08/best-ever-chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies.html


Readers, whatever you're doing, stop.  Right now.  Make these cookies NOW.  I promise you won't be sorry.  Well, you might be because it'll be near impossible to not eat the entire batch of these incredible cookies.

I know (well, I've heard) there are people out there who like crispy cookies.  I'm not one of them.  I like fluffy, soft, chewy cookies--the kind that puff up when they're baking and barely spread at all.  These cookies are just that.  Perfectly that, in fact.

I already had a really great chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I wanted to give these a shot.  I was a bit skeptical of the recipe when I saw cornstarch in the ingredient list,  but I decided to give them a try.  I know cornstarch is very light and figured that might add some lift to the cookies.  Whether it was the cornstarch or not, thse cookies definitely lifted.  I used a standard-sized cookie scoop to drop them on the cookie sheet and they came out perfectly round and uniform--just ready for a photo shoot.  And so, so good.  The best ever, in fact.  My new favorites :-)


Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
barely adapted from Anna Olson, Food Network Canada

Ingredients: 
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened 
3/4 c. brown sugar 
1/4 c. granulated sugar 
1 egg 
2 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 c. all purpose flour 
2 tsp. cornstarch 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.

3.  Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chunks.

4.  Using a standard-sized cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges.  (The tops will not brown, but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes.)

5.  Let cool, on the sheet, on a wire rack for five minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely.  Makes approximately 3 dozen.  Try not to eat them all.

ETA: I wanted to try some different flavors...so I bought some Reeses peanut butter chips. I made these cookies and added an extra tablespoon of butter with about 1/3 cup cocoa powder to the batter and the PB chips. They turned out sooo good, better than the original, I think.

Replies

  • taniamorse85
    December 15, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    I have to make these!  I do not like crispy chocolate chip cookies.  They have to be soft and chewy.  I'm not picky about a lot of foods, but this is definitely one food I'm very picky about.

  • Jers.
    by Jers.
    December 15, 2012 at 3:39 AM

    I like the crispy/chewy ones best, but let's be serious, I'd never turn down a chocolate chip cookie.

  • hunting_chick85
    December 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I make mine with cake batter and they are so soft and delicious

    I use yellow cake for regualr choco chip cookies, strawberry cake with white chips, and french vanilla cake with butterscotch chips

  • rmp
    by rmp
    December 15, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    I read somewhere that any type of cookie is way better if you use bread flour instead of any other kind of flour. I am going to try that with these cookies

  • hopealways4019
    December 17, 2012 at 9:17 PM
    I love chocolate chip cookies
  • rmp
    by rmp
    February 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    These were the Softest in the middle Best cookies ever my family and I loved them!

  • bizkit_fanky
    February 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Love them...Ty for sharing

  • Mommy2TwinGirls
    February 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM
    Ill definitely be testing these out! Thanks for the recipe!
  • sweetheart4171
    February 7, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    ooooh, gotta try this....TODAY!!!

  • rmp
    by rmp
    February 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Made these again last night for kids to take to their bible study group. We made 1/2 of the recipe --because these are to dangerous to have around !!! LOL 

    You know what I mean - we will eat them all.

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