Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you've been to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram today, you will quickly realize that it happens to be National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.  The Internet is abuzz with photos and recipes of chocolate chip cookies of every shape, size and variation you can imagine...  With milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chunks, bacon pieces, salt on top - you name it, there's a photo and most likely a recipe to go along with it... "Food Porn" at it's finest.

Yep, they all "look" delicious (well, most of them, anyway) - but I'm kind of a purist when it comes to this cookie - I grew up helping my mom make the recipe on the back of the yellow bag (although she only used HALF a bag of chips for a recipe - what was she thinking?).  Yes, I have toyed with the idea of putting some pieces of crisp bacon into my delicious cookies (and I still may... one day) - but I always chicken out and go for the tried and true cookie and chip only version.  After all, that yellow bag recipe has been around forever, it can't be wrong... can it?

My girls, like most, are cookie connoisseurs and love chewy cookies, but quite often (depending on the weather) the yellow bag recipe can be a bit crispy unless you add extra flour to keep them "puffed up" but then you get cookies that are sometimes on the dry side.  I came across two recipes on Pinterest for soft, chewy cookies - one called for the addition of cornstarch in place of some of the flour, it helps keep the cookie from spreading so much, thus creating a thicker and, in some sense, chewier cookie - it also helps keep the moisture in the cookie making it moister - chewier.  The other recipe called for the addition of a box of instant vanilla pudding to the dough and, while the pudding mix probably contained cornstarch, accomplishing the same thing - it had a weird fake vanilla taste to it - the kids didn't mind it, but it was just plan awful - trust me.

Then...... I found THE recipe....  Alton Brown's Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I knew they'd be good, after all, has Alton ever steered me wrong before??.. nope - so I gave them a try.  I can't tell you how many compliments I got on these cookies - every single person who ate them couldn't stop talking about how great they were so I'm sold - THIS is my new "go-to" chocolate chip cookie recipe.... goodbye yellow bag!  Mr. Brown has tweaked the yellow bag recipe so that your cookies are moist and chewy without adding weird ingredients - I'll let him explain the hows and the whys this recipe works in his uber-cool Mr. Science kind of way - but believe me, it works!

You, too, can bake chocolate chip cookies that your family and friends will gush about... really, you can! 

Here's the recipe....

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

A quick tip when making these gems:  Please, please, please WEIGH you ingredients instead of measuring them in measuring cups - it is a must when baking to be more precise and this recipe does call for the dry the ingredients by weight, not measurements - sure, you will still get cookies if you measure, but I cannot guarantee they will turn out the same.

Give them a try and let me know how you liked them!

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