Monday, January 21, 2013

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

I have to admit that I am a cookie lover.  In fact, I have not ever met a cookie that I didn't like.  I'm not picky when it comes to my cookies, I like store bought and homemade.  I like healthy breakfast cookies and rich, decadent cookies.  I like both soft and chewy and  crispy, crunchy. But nothing beats a classic chocolate chip cookie, and this is my favorite recipe.  It's soft, chewy and has just the right buttery, chocolatey goodness that you want in a classic:)

Begin by creaming your melted butter and sugars.

Add in the vanilla and milk.  Make sure to stop the mixer and scrape the bowl before you continue to the next step.

Add in the combined dry ingredients, mix til just combined being careful not to over mix

Lastly add in the chocolate chips.

This recipe chills before you bake the cookies, so its perfect to make the dough the day before you bake them.  Cover and refrigerate for a couple hours, up to over night. When ready to bake- preheat oven and scoop spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet.  Bake for 9-11 minutes.  Let set for a couple minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

It's tough to resist eating these while they're fresh out of the oven, but if you can't eat them all freeze the leftovers...they're ridiculously good right out of the freezer too;)  Hope you enjoy!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from Alton Brown

2 sticks salted butter, melted
1/4 c sugar
1 1/4 c brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 T milk
1 1/2 t vanilla
2 1/4 c ap flour
1 t baking soda
1 t kosher salt
2 c chocolate chips

Melt butter in microwave.  Measure both sugars into a large mixing bowl, add melted butter and cream together.  Add in eggs, milk and vanilla and mix well.  Add in combined dry ingredients and mix just til combined.  Mix in chocolate chips.  Cover and chill for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 375F.  Spoon about 2 T dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes.  I like to bake mine a little under and let them sit on the cookie sheet for a couple minutes, once set move to a wire rack to cool completely.

*this dough freezes well.  I like to freeze it in single cookie portions.  When ready to bake- preheat oven to 325F and bake for 16-18 min.  Remove immediately to a wire rack to cool.

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