Starting a food blog is a slow process when you’re such a perfectionist. I have cookbooks that spill from my kitchen into my living room, my carefully organized three-ring binder is starting to explode from the volume of dog-eared magazine pages, and I have so many starred recipes in my Google Reader that the Milky Way is jealous. How could I decide which recipe to post first?
So, I’m not going to decide. The first few posts on my new blog will be Andy’s 5 star, don’t you dare share these extras with coworkers, cannot shovel into his mouth fast enough, favorite desserts. Starting with a classic – chocolate chip cookies. Not just any old boring, Phoebe Buffay “Nesele Toulouse” cookies*, but that perfectly crisp outside, velvety soft inside that tingles your tongue down deep to your soul, chocolate chip cookies. The perfect balance of cookie and chocolate that begs to be savored with a frosty glass of milk. Or
small large bowl of
vanilla bean ice cream.
Makes about 18 large cookies or 36 small cookies.
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (10 5/8 oz) unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup (7 oz) dark brown sugar
½ cup (3 ½ oz) granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1) Heat oven to 325 degrees.
2) Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside.
3) In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix butter and sugars until thoroughly blended.
4) Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined.
5) Add the dry ingredients and beat at a low speed until just combined.
6) Stir in the chocolate chips.
7) Roll ¼ cup (2.15 oz) of dough (use half for smaller cookies) into a ball and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
8) Bake until cookies are golden brown, outside edges have started to set, but the centers are still soft, about 15-18 minutes.
9) Cool cookies on the baking sheet and remove from sheet with a metal spatula.
From the lovely Brown Eyed Baker.
*If you haven’t seen this Friends episode, you really should!