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I'm not a huge cookie person, and while I like chocolate chip cookies, I've never been able to find a recipe that fits my vague criteria. They have to be chewy, but not uncooked tasting. Crispy, but not like eating a goddamn crouton. And not too sweet. If they are huge and attractive that is a plus.

Usually I just give up and eat a snickerdoodle or something. But I was really craving them the other day, and the very first recipe I found on epicurious turned out be the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in the universe. No shit. I have made them four times in the last month and I would like another one right now. But they are all gone.

Cookies of Doom

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar (I use less and less each time to no ill effect. 3/4 cup?)
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (16 oz)


Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.

Beat together butter and sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Lightly beat 1 egg with a fork in a small bowl and add 1 3/4 tablespoons of it plus 2 remaining whole eggs to butter mixture, beating with mixer until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and mix in flour mixture until just blended, then stir in chips.

Scoop 1/4 cup batter for each cookie, arranging mounds 3 inches apart, on 2 baking sheets. Flatten mounds into 3-inch rounds using moistened palm of your hand. Form remaining cookies on additional sheets of parchment.

Bake until golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool. Makes about 25 big cookies.

Date: 2008-01-29 06:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quirkybird.livejournal.com
Ahhh yes, the secret would seem to lie in "lots of eggs, lots of butter." At least that's the primary difference I'm noticing here from the recipes I've tried...

Date: 2008-01-29 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verabee.livejournal.com
Melting the butter and then smelling it a lot also seems to be key.

Date: 2008-01-29 06:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/timshel_/
I will have to try them! Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite thing of mine. Thanks for the recipe!

Date: 2008-01-29 07:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] music-slut.livejournal.com
I too share your vague criteria for cookies, and this recipe gets my highest recommendation (yay, Alton Brown!) -- note the reduced egg whites and added milk. Might be worth giving a try to compare.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_13617,00.html

Num num num.

Date: 2008-01-29 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verabee.livejournal.com
I've seen his cookie episode twice already! I love the chemical explanations for different kinds of deliciousness. I think these are somewhere between the Thin and the Chewy.

Date: 2008-01-29 08:42 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lx.livejournal.com
Thank you for this secret knowledge.

Date: 2008-01-29 10:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] merofi.livejournal.com
yessssss

Date: 2008-01-29 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lennan.livejournal.com
Your icon is so...colorful. XD

Date: 2008-01-29 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lennan.livejournal.com
I prefer the crunchier ones... XD Although this does look good, I can add to my pretend repertoire.

Date: 2008-01-29 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evil-holls.livejournal.com
recipe sharing is win. . .and those pictures have my stomach grumbling. thank you muchly :)

Date: 2008-01-29 09:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wintersheir
Om nom nom. Baking is a mystical art; I sometimes wonder if air pressure/the phases of the moon/current planetary alignment have an effect on the finished product because I have made rhapsodically delicious cookies on one occasion while the next batch are merely tasty. Le sigh.

I'm going to try these, though, as my quest is never-ending. Huzzah!

Date: 2008-01-29 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verabee.livejournal.com
It totally is affected. I made this batch at a much higher elevation than usual so baking took an extra five minutes. It's a weird science, but you can usually make something edible if you put enough chocolate chips in.

Re: I MAED U A COOKEI

Date: 2008-02-02 11:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] junosama.livejournal.com
HAY THOSE AREN'T CHOCOLATE CHIPS (you don't know me, but I had to respond)

Re: I MAED U A COOKEI

Date: 2008-02-02 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verabee.livejournal.com
I do! I remember your art from a million years ago. Hi Juno! :)

Date: 2008-02-03 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lafinjack.livejournal.com
I know you now, thanks to my NSA friends!

If they are huge and attractive that is a plus

Date: 2008-01-31 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beaden.livejournal.com
you know what makes you quality? that you had a craving for cookies, so you went to the grocery store, passed the aisle that sells cookies and bought INGREDIENTS.

if i had a craving for toast i would probably spend half an hour trying to find somewhere to buy already-made toast.
From: [identity profile] verabee.livejournal.com
Aw, I'm quality. Thanks, Jon.

What's kind of depressing is that it works out a lot more expensive my way.

Date: 2008-02-07 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spookable.livejournal.com
I tried it, and it was good. But, I bought the wrong butter (salted!), so they came out both a little saline and very big and flat.

But still delicious!
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