Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie



Happy Sunday! It’s been a few days after finishing my juice cleanse and I am back to eating my regular foods.  I really missed Greek yogurt so I've been having that a lot! I was also in the mood today for a good ol fashioned chocolate chip cookie! I remember hearing about Alton Brown’s famous ‘The Chewy’ cookie recipe and so I decided to give it a try. I bought all of the ingredients at the new Target store that finally opened up here in Canada.  Slowly all of the big stores in the states are making its way to Canada and I am just waiting for a Trader Joe’s now! I really liked Target though, I would've spent a good hour browsing around in there but because it was opening week It was a bit of a mad house.

These famous cookies are made with bread flour and A LOT of butter.  I made them just to try the recipe out and then gave the batch to my sister to take home. If I had them sitting in my kitchen I would probably eat them all and I didn't want that to happen haha.  These cookies take a little longer to prepare compared to your average choco chip cookie and that’s because the dough needs to chill in the fridge for about an hour.  Other than the waiting time, it’s a fairly simple recipe and the end result was pretty good.  The cooking time though seemed to be a bit off as my first batch turned out a little overcooked so I would leave these guys in for about 12 to 13 minutes rather than 15. Also be sure to spread the dough far apart on the cookie sheet as they spread out a lot while cooking.  Overall a really good chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I am on a quest to find better!

‘The Chewy’ Chocolate Chip Cookie
Recipe by Alton Brown

Ingredients:
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:
In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Set aside to cool slightly. Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda onto a paper plate. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together whole egg, egg yolk, milk, and vanilla extract in a measuring cup. Reduce mixer speed and slowly add egg mixture. Beat until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds. Using the paper plate as a slide, gradually pour in flour mixture, stopping 2 times to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Once flour is worked in, decrease speed to “stir” and add chocolate chips. Chill dough for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375° and place racks in the top third and bottom third of the oven. Line 2 half sheet pans with parchment paper. Scoop dough into 1 1/2 oz. portions (about 2 Tbsp.) onto prepared pans, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake two sheets at a time for 15 minutes, rotating pans halfway through. Remove from oven, slide parchment with the cookies onto a cooling rack, and wait at least 5 minutes before devouring.








52 comments:

  1. I love chewy chocolate chip cookies! These look yummy!

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  2. Yummy these look awesome! I don't think I could make them though as I'd be worried like you about eating the whole batch and lets be really honest here the dough before its cooked ;)

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  3. MMmm these look very scrumptious and chewy thanks to the bread flour :D There isn't much better in life than a delicious chocolate cookie!

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  4. Love your red nail on the last photo ;) Chewy cookies are definitely the best - these look great!

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  5. Oooh, butter just makes everything better, doesn't it? Especially after a juice diet!

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  6. Natalie, these cookies have EVERYTHING in them. We love them. Give them a try and let me know what you think?
    https://sites.google.com/site/northofwiartonrecipes/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-cookies

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    1. Awesome! Will try those out next time :)

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  7. Mmmmm I adore these chocolate chip cookies! Choc chip cookies are some of the best things in life :D

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  8. It does not get much better than this!! Comfort food at its finest :).

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  9. It's not a good cookie unless it's chewy....

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  10. I love a good chocolate chip cookie and these look SO tasty. Want!!

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  11. Oh my, these look AMAZING! Want to lick my computer screen :)

    I love Target!

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  12. If those cookies were sitting around, I would surely eat all of them too! :)

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  13. You have got me craving chocolate chip cookies now! I hit Target on day 5 so it wasn't too crowded. I would love to have Trader Joe's too. That would be awesome! Jo

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  14. These cookies look sooo super tasty! You JUST got a target?! I love target. It's one of my fav stores and they always have super cute clothes for pretty cheap :)

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  15. Chewy chocolate chip cookies are THE BEST. I really don't understand how some people prefer crispy over chewy!

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  16. I can't believe you didn't have a Target until now! It is my go-to for all kinds of products. I don't know what I'd do without. These cookies look super yummy! Bread flour in cookies is life changing!

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    1. Im going to turn into a Target addict for sure lol

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  17. Chewy or crunchy...I love chocolate cookies!

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  18. I love chocolate chips cookies, especially the chewy ones...yum!
    Have a great week Natalie :)

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  19. Natalie, I seriously want to take a bite out of the cookie on my computer screen that you're holding, it looks so incredible! Nothing like a chewy chocolate chip cookie - the best!!!

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  20. Cookies!!! Yum- I like them chewy, too. Have a great week!

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  21. Bread flour. Who would have thought? Thank you for sharing this delicious cookie recipe and your lovely photographs/words. I hope you are having a good Monday!

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  22. Ya know, I've never thought to add milk to my batter but that is so smart!

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  23. Chewy chocolate chip cookies are definitely my most requested recipe, from friends and family alike! I always send over a fresh batch to my family in Germany whenever anyone visits. The trick is to add a good pinch of salt to the batter, and yes, I do rest it for 24 - 48 hours before baking, too!

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  24. I'd choose chewy cookies over crunchy ones any day! I've been hearing a lot about chilling the cookie dough before baking with it. I should try it and see what kind of difference it makes to my cookies!

    Thanks Natalie :)

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  25. YUM. Your photos are seriously making me want to bake some chocolate chip cookies right now, even though I have a chocolate cake in the fridge! They look soooooo good! :)

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  26. Just once, I want to visit here, and find a recipe I do not like. Just Kidding!!! I love that you post such yummy looking recipes. I'm a big fan of Alton Brown and want to try this technique.

    Sue

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  27. I'm so glad your juice cleanse went well! And now you are back to "real" food. Well girl, you know how to do it. This is my go to cookie when it comes to chocolate chip. Alton is my kind of guy!

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  28. Chewy is the perfect texture and my fave for a chocolate chip cookie. I could devour your photos on the spot. LOL

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  29. Chewy, chocolatey cookies would be one of the first things off a cleanse, too. (Congratulations!)

    Thank you for the very helpful tips about the timing and spacing =)

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  30. They look ever so tempting! I love chewy cookies.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  31. A new recipe for cookies is always useful especially if they are as gorgeous as these!

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  32. I bet after your 3 days cleanse your stomach shrunk. I would still keep room for these chewy delicious cookies.

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  33. Wow,these cookies are definitely worth the waiting time for the dough to chill!
    They look so crisp and delicious.
    And now, after your cleanse, you can enjoy them even more :)

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  34. Glad to see you survived the cleanse! These cookies look yummy. I love baking with brown sugar.

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  35. I should have looked at this after dinner. Before breakfast was not a good idea. Thanks for the yummy pictures.

    Love, Richelle from Lynn + Lou

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  36. Hellllloooooo chewy cookie! I've never used bread flour for cookies and am anxious to try it out. I love ooey gooey melty chocolate chip cookies!!

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  37. love chewy cookies.. looks so soft and delicious. alton brown has some great recipes. bread flour.. that's interesting, never used it.

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  38. I've heard a lot about these cookies and good to see your take. I think bakery style thick, fudgy yet chewy choc chip cookies are kind of elusive to replicate at home (for me anyway) and I usually have more luck with cookies that have oats or nuts in them. But that said, I like David Lebovitz's recipe and the thin chewy ones are also terrific!

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  39. They look perfect! Thanks for posting this :)

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  40. Ha ha out with the fast and in with the cookies. I bet it feels good in moderation. I like my cookies chewy so this looks awesome. yep I have not visited one of the new Targets yet.

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  41. Oh, yeah...we LOVE a chewy chocolate chip cookie. I can't believe I've never made Alton Brown's recipe!!! I hope I get a chance to bake these over the weekend!!! YUM!

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  42. Hi Natalie! I know I already commented here but I had to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! You can check my post for more details! :)

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  43. Chewy cookies are my favourite! These look great.

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  44. holy cow these looks good. Nothing beats a good chocolate chip cookie! I don't know what looks better the actual cookies or that cookie dumb YUM!

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  45. I'll take any kind of chocolate chip cookies I can get, but definitely prefer chewy! These look terrific! Thanks.

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  46. Your cookies look great! I had to laugh when you said to wait 5 minutes!

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  47. These are a real treat after the cleanse! Way to go, girl! It must be a great feeling to get the cleanse all over and done with. :) I love chocolate chip cookies and you're making me craving for some.

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  48. What perfect looking cookies my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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