I finally have about 15 minutes free between adding material to my thesis and going to bed and I figured I would spend them by posting my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. In the title I stated that they were my perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe because everyone has different criteria for what makes a good chocolate chip cookie. My favorite ones are chewy, maybe even a little cakey. They also tend to be flavored by lots of dark brown sugar rather than the white stuff (though its still in the recipe). And, I dont use milk chocolate chips which I think makes the cookies too sweet. I was out of bittersweet chocolate chips during this episode of me playing Betty Crocker so I cut two bars of high quality dark chocolate into cubes and tossed those in the mix instead.
The particular recipe I have been using forever is labeled the "Mrs. Field's" recipe, but I have no recollection of why that might be. Mom, any idea? Anyways, the recipe make like a bazillion cookies and I always end up halving it and still having to give some away. This time, like I did with the peanut butter cookies, I divided the dough and froze half of it. As you look over the recipe you will see that for logistical reasons, you really need a good standing mixer to combine the ingredients. I should note that when I didnt have a mixer, I made the half recipe by hand, so it is possible. The event also gave me a blister though so be careful!
My Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
(aka: Mrs. Field's Cookie Recipe)
1 lb butter
2 c. dark brown sugar
1 1/2 c. white sugar
2 T. vanilla extract
3 large eggs
6 c. flour
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. salt
2 12oz packages of chocolate chips
2 c. nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350*
Cream together the butter and both sugars.
Add the vanilla extract and add one egg at a time, beating well in between. Once all eggs have been added, beat the mixture for 4 minutes on medium-high.
Add the baking soda and salt to the well-beaten mixture and start adding the flour slowly (reduce the speed of the mixer).
Add your chocolate chips and nuts at this point and stir until just combined.
Place tablespoon sized portion of dough onto your silpat and bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how crispy you want your cookies.
*if you like crispy cookies you can reduce the heat to 250 and bake them for 18-25 minutes.