Saturday, 4 June 2011

Baker's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I decided to bake some chocolate chip cookies tonight... shocking, I know. I think I was starting to crave them and my pants are starting to feel a little looser.  The last recipe I made, the Big Chocolate Chip cookies were delicious, best I have ever tasted and I was very tempted to just make them again but I knew I had to continue on the quest just incase there really is a better recipe out there.

So I did a good old fashioned google search and came up with all kinds of cookies that looked flat and boring.  These, "Baker's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies" looked like they had potential.  I have to admit my heart wasn't totally in it. Lila was feeling a little miserable today, I think she has some teeth coming, of course I have thought that for the past three months and so far, none.  So I was running back and forth between trying to entertain her and make the cookies which resulted in one pan of under-cooked cookies and two pans of over-cooked cookies and two pans of just right cookies. These ones were just right.

I have developed a rating scale for the cookies that I think encompasses all that is wonderful about chocolate chip cookies, according to me.  The scale is from 1 - 5. 1 being not good and 5 being excellent.  So for this recipe (based on the two pans that cooked the way they were supposed to!):

Chewy Inside - 4
Crispy Outside - 4
Amount of chocolate being just right (not too much and not too little) - 4
Sweet to salt ratio - 2 
Just out of the oven taste - 3
Next day taste - to be determined
Ease of recipe - 5
Am I missing anything here?  Is there anything else I should be rating?

I like this recipe but it feels like there is something missing.  Maybe it is because there is no salt in it and as you know I like a little salt in my cookies.  Overall, good but not as good as the Big Chocolate Chip Cookies.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2-1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 pkg. (300 g) Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

HEAT oven to 375°F.
BEAT butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in flour and baking soda until well blended. Add chocolate chips; mix well.
DROP tablespoonfuls of dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets.
BAKE 10 to 12 min. or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheet 3 min. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

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