Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kitchen staple - Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies



After all the intense baking I've been doing pursuing my love of macarons, I decided to go back and bake some plain chocolate chip cookies (mainly because all I wanted one night was a nice warm chocolate chip cookie with a glass of milk). By far, these are probably the easiest baked goods I've done in a while! Taking no longer than 15 minutes to prep, another 10-12 minutes to bake and 1 minute to eat a piping hot chocolate chip cookie!

Here's what you'll need (recipe adapted from Chef Michael Smith's - The Best of Chef at Home):
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup (or 1 stick) of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup chocolate chips 

Baking notes:
  • recipe calls for 1 cup of brown sugar. I used less as I prefer cookies that are less sweet. Plus, there is already the addition of chocolate chips that adds to the sweetness
  • vanilla extract: Crucial to use the real stuff as it makes a huge difference in taste
  • Chocolate chips: instead of using the chips, I used 70% dark Valrhona Araguani chocolates that hand cut into chunks (tastes amazing!)
Directions:
1. Whisk flour, baking powder & salt together and then set aside. 
    Preheat oven to 375F (190C)


2. Cream the butter & sugar together using a stand mixture, food processor
or simply beat by hand. 
3.Add the egg & vanilla and continue beating until it is all combined. Scrape down the bowl. Then, gradually add the flour mixture (baking powder, flour & salt) until all
ingredients are combined.

4. Hand cut 70% dark Valrhona chocolate. First, cut a cup of chocolate chips,
then stir into the batter.
5. Roll a small ball of dough between your hands, then flatten
to make a cookie. Leave lots of space between
each cookie in order for them to expand.

notes:

  • Soft chewy cookies ~ bake for approximately 10-12 minutes
  • Crispy cookies ~ bake for a minute or two longer (depends on your oven temperature). 
  • makes about 18 cookies
Enjoy your fresh cookies! Or the next day, gently
re-toast the cookies in your toaster oven for a few minutes to recreate the 'just-baked' cookie effect.

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