Chocolate Chip Cookies command three things – you cannot stop at just one and you can never get tired of them and they beg to be made again and again; especially if they are Dorie Greenspan’s best Chocolate Chip cookies ever!!
If you are wondering why I have called them ‘ Compensatory’ then you ought to read this post.
Mimi loves chocolate chip cookies and I have made these many times before but they vanish before I can photograph them. So this time I planned my baking such that I had some time to photograph before they got devoured.
I clicked a few pictures while they were baking their way to the chocolate spotted golden discs. It is so wonderful to see each scoop of dough spread out into a beautiful cookie. Each one unique and gorgeous in its own unique way. That is the most beautiful part of having home-baked goods.
This recipe is a Dorie Greenspan recipe and like all her recipes they tend to be butter and sugar heavy. Since I have already made these couple of times, I have tweaked the butter and the sugar according to the way we like it. Mimi doesn’t like it if it’s too sweet. She enjoys the dull sweetness from the bits of chocolate scattered intermittently in the cookie. She is my official tester of my cookie dough. If she licks it off the ladle and doesn’t spit it out, it means it really is very, very good.
Recipe for the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 25-27 large cookies
All Purpose flour – 2 cups
Salt- 1 tsp
Baking soda – 3/4 tsp
Butter – 225 gms but I used 200 gms, which works perfectly well
Caster Sugar – 3/4 cup ( original called for 1 cup)
Light brown sugar – 1/2 cup ( original called for 2/3)
Vanilla essence – 2 tsps
Eggs – 2, large
chocolate chips ( bittersweet) – 2 cups ( I had run out of these and used actual bitter sweet chunks of chocolate)
Toasted walnuts – 1 cup, finely chopped
1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 375 F/190C/ gas mark 5. Line the baking sheet with a parchment paper
2. Whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda
3. Working with a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed for about 1 minute, until smooth.
4. Add sugars and beat for another 2 minutes or so., until well blended
5. Beat in the vanilla
6. Add eggs one at a time, beating well for a minute or so before adding the other egg and doing the same.
7. Reduce the speed of the stand mixer and add the dry mixture in 3 lots and then add the chocolate and nuts
8. Spoon the dough on the parchment paper keep enough distance between two such scoops so that there is enough space for them to spread out and shine.
9. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time and rotating the sheet at the mid way point for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are brown at the edges and golden at the center. They may be soft in the middle but that is alright. When they cool down they harden sufficiently giving it the right kind of bite.
10. Pull the sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to rest for 1 minute, then carefully using a wide spatula transfer them to a separate plate to cool to room temperature.
So it is as easy as that and still happens to be a favourite with my family. Do try these and see yourself reaching for your cookie jar every now and then.