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Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
Posted By Dawn On April 16, 2012 @ 8:38 am In chocolate,cookies,dessert | 7 Comments
I was craving chocolate chip cookies the other day, but I’ve outgrown my previous recipe. Chocolate chip cookies are so commonplace. I wanted something truly remarkable. I decided to experiment by taking about 3 or 4 different cookie recipes I really enjoy and combining my favorite elements from each. The result is a crispy-chewy cookie that was not overly sweet (thanks to bittersweet chocolate chips, but use semisweet if you prefer) and just a touch of saltiness to balance it out.
One challenge I often face with cookies is how much they spread while baking. I don't like my cookies to get too thin, but it seems they'd spread now matter how long I leave the dough in the refrigerator before baking. Freezing the dough did the trick. They still spread a bit, as well they should, but they hold their shape long enough to yield a pleasantly thick cookie. Another benefit to freezing the dough is that you can bag any balls of dough you don't want to bake right away and store them for a couple of months. Then freshly baked cookies will never be more than a few minutes away!
The vanilla butternut flavoring is not absolutely crucial, but I do feel it helps add to that "wow!" element. If you have trouble finding it locally, it can be purchased online at Amazon or King Arthur Flour.
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