Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you're of the school that believes chocolate chip cookies should be soft and chewy, you'll love this recipe. These superb cookies are made with lots of butter and a combination of white and brown sugars to produce a rich and chewy cookie with caramelized edges. The recipe also has more brown sugar than white sugar which gives the cookies a more caramel flavor. The cookie dough is easy to work with -- however, you may need to chill the dough before baking as the dough has a tendency to sometimes be soft because of all the butter."I made these cookies this weekend as a gift for a birthday. They turned out really good. I liked the tip of freezing the chocolate chips, it made a difference. One thing I want to note, I have an older oven so after 8 minutes, they were still pretty raw. I found that they needed 14 minutes and turned out perfect. At first I was nervous I was going to over bake them, but I kept my eye on them and they turned out well. I just wanted to share that I had to cook them longer in case someone else worries like I did!" - Joanna86
Yield: 36 Servings Ready in 25 minutes
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|2 1/4 cupsUnbleached all-purpose flour|
|1/2 teaspoonBaking soda|
|1 teaspoontable salt|
|1 cupunsalted butter; (2-sticks) - softened but still firm|
|1/2 cupGranulated sugar|
|1 cuplight brown sugar; - firmly packed|
|2 teaspoonsPure vanilla extract|
|2 largeEggs; - cold, straight from the refrigerator|
|1 12-oz packagesemi-sweet chocolate chips; - frozen, straight from the freezer (I use Ghirardelli)|
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with oven rack in center position. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking pads, e.g., Silpad, if desired (*see note); set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment (or an electric mixer, or by hand), beat butter at medium-high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add granulated and brown sugars and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes (or 5 to 6 minutes by hand), stopping to scrape down bowl as necessary. Reduce speed to medium-low and add in eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until well incorporated. Add vanilla and beat until incorporated. Reduce speed to lowest setting (or gently stir by hand); gradually add in dry ingredients, scraping down bowl as necessary, and beating until just incorporated; don't overmix. Fold in chocolate chips. (If you find that the dough is very soft, cover and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.)
Using one heaping tablespoon of batter per cookie, drop cookies 2-inches apart, in staggered rows of 3-2-3-2-3 (**see note), on ungreased or prepared baking sheets. Place one baking sheet at a time onto center rack of preheated 350 degree F oven. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, still have pale tops, and are soft in the center, about 8 to 10 minutes. (Do not overbake! They will firm up more during cooling.) Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet for at least two minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely. If you used parchment paper, remove baking sheet from oven and immediately slide cookies on parchment directly onto cooling racks. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. Cookies freeze well.
Makes about 3 dozen.
*Note: Parchment paper or silicon baking pads are not a necessity but does make for easy cookie removal and cleanup.
**Note: By staggering the rows of cookie batter, it's easy to fit 13 cookies (2-inches apart) on a single large cookie sheet.
Make Ahead Note:
You can freeze this dough. If you want to have ready-to-bake cookies, form the dough into balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in the freezer until the dough is frozen firm. Then, place frozen cookie dough in a plastic bag, seal, and keep frozen until ready to bake. When baking, simply place the frozen balls of dough on a baking sheet and bake as directed -- expect the frozen cookies to take a few minutes longer to bake than normal.
Keep the chocolate chips in the freezer so that they are extremely cold when it is time to bake the cookies. This helps to keep the cookies from spreading too much while baking.
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