Saturday, October 18, 2014

3 Tips For WORLD's BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies - 52 Cookie Recipes

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It's a bold statement since there are hundreds of versions of a Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe out there.

Well, these are the best (in my opinion).

Here's what makes the difference...

1- Watch your cooking time for best Texture... Take a look at the edges.  See the slightly dark edges.  That part of the cookie is crispy and just a bit crunchy.  While the center of the cookie is still a delicious light golden color.  That part of the cookie is still soft and chewy.  Many folks may think to under cook the cookie makes for a chewy delight, and there are some who insist on that crunch.  the goal for the WORLD's BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie is to have a bot of crunch and a bit of soft and chewy in every bite.  All ovens cook just a bit differently, so be sure to keep an eye on the tray while they are cooking.  When the edges start to darken, they are done.

2- A Little Something Something adds a lot of flavor... This recipe actually has THREE Something Somethings in the ingredient list.  The first is Orange Zest.  You can of course just add the zest to the mixing bowl.  I actually prefer to make some Orange Sugar in advance (follow the link for the recipe).  It adds such a BIG burst of flavor to the cookie.  Something that makes people ask what that little extra something there is in your cookies that make them something special.

I also like to add a quarter cup of Almond Meal!  Just enough to add a bit of nutty flavor.

And my final something something is a bit unorthodox... Cayenne Pepper.  Really!  Not much, just a tiny pinch (less than 1/8th tsp).  It has to do with biology and the position of your taste buds... Taste buds that like sweet are in the front of your mouth.  Buds that like Spicy are in the back.  Add a tiny bit (so small it doesn't really add any HEAT spice, just a little something something extra).  That extra bit makes those back buds happy.  Your whole mouth happy!

3- DO NOT OVER MIX the dough... Almost any baking recipe that calls for flour should only be mixed to fully incorporate, but not mixed for a long time... Just a minute or so of folding will work.  If you over mix the dough you end up with a denser cookie.  It works best if you only mix until the ingredients are incorporated.  Don't worry about a few lumps.

And of course serve them a little warm with an ice cold glass of MILK!!!

OK... Here's what I did...

3 Tips For 
Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Meal
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tiny pinch (less than 1/8th TSP) Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Cup (2 Sticks) Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • Zest of 1 Medium Orange
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup Walnut Pieces (optional)
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix Butter, Sugar, Orange Zest, Vanilla and Brown Sugar with the paddle attachment until Creamy.
  3. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl whisk together the Flour, Almond Meal, Salt and Cayenne Pepper until well combined.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time to the butter mix and mix for one additional minute.
  5. Remove bowl from the stand mixer. Fold wet ingredients and dry ingredients together until well mixed. BUT do not over mix. Once the ingredients have been incorporated, add the Chocolate Chips and optional nuts. Fold until evenly mixed.
  6. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto the cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 9 minutes until edges just start to brown. The goal is to have a bit of crunch on the outside while the center is soft and chewy.
  8. Remove the tray from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring the cookies onto a cooling rack.
  9. Makes 4 to 5 dozen, Serve still a bit warm from the oven with an ice cold glass of milk and ENJOY!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Ways to Cook COOKIE, BARS and TRUFFLES"!!!

Old school like classic criss cross peanut butter to new takes on interesting recipes like a beautiful Red Velvet with the cream cheese mixed inside the cookie, accented with white chocolate chips!  Even a Pineapple Cream Cheese EASY Bar with only 5 ingredients! 
Stop on by, there's always a new cookie in the cookie jar!


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