August 20, 2012

the new chocolate chip cookie

we're all familiar with the old "tried and true" recipe that's on the back of the nestle's package, but after 30 some years of using this recipe, i have a new "go to" chocolate chip cookie recipe.  i find the cookies are not only delicious-er, but stay soft long-er.  this recipe is from the back of a safeway brand package of chocolate chips.  the measurements and ingredients are exact, i've just "enhanced" with my commentary and suggestions.

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed golden brown sugar (i use light, personal preference)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (don't cheat, get the real stuff)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-12oz package chocolate chips (i use more)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts, optional (i always optional)
in large mixing bowl and using electric mixer, mix butter until creamy.  mix in brown and granulated sugars, salt and vanilla, until fluffy.  mix in egg and baking soda.  add flour.  mix on low until incorporated.  fold in chocolate chips and nuts.  drop onto greased or sprayed baking sheets (i just use parchment paper).  bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until tops are set when lightly pressed with fingertips and color is golden.  let stand 2 minutes, then remove to racks.  store in airtight container.  makes about 5 dozen cookies.

okay, first off, i have to warn you...when you test the cookies with your fingertips, cookies WILL BE HOT.  just a little caveat.  don't want the mcdonald's hot-coffee-in-the-lap lawyer knocking on my door.  that poor lady.  but i don't hold mcdonald's responsible.  i dated her grandson.  i'm off point.....

5 dozen cookies.  that's 1 dozen (12) multiplied by 5.  that's 60 cookies.  somethins' wrong with my oven because i only get about 24 cookies.  either i make them too big or i eat too many before they actually make it into the cookie jar.

i'm not posting a photo of the cookies.  you know what a chocolate chip cookie looks like, and it's possible i may be trying to cover for not having any left to photograph.  just sayin'.

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