These cookies are SERIOUSLY good. The perfect chocolate chip cookie. I found this recipe from the New York Times and knew I had to try it, but I am a serial offender when it comes to NOT reading through the entire recipe before starting it. I made some substitutions (nothing major, but I'll list them below and link to the original recipe) but didn't notice that the dough was supposed to refrigerate 24-36 hours before baking until we had already started making it. What?!?! Who makes a recipe like that? Don't they know that when a mom and her children are baking cookies that it means that they want them.....NOW? So we didn't wait. We baked them and they were FANTASTIC. Maybe sometime we'll wait the 24 hours and see what that does for the dough, but we've made these several times and they are always amazing.
So here is our version of these wonderful cookies.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups all purpose flour
1 2/3 cups bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt (kosher)
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1 1/4 pounds chocolate chips
1 1/2 c. chopped pecans
1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate chips and nuts in and incorporate them.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
4. Using a medium cookie scoop, drop dough balls on baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
5. Cool 2-3 minutes on sheet and transfer to cooking rack.
Makes 5 dozen cookies.
I have a fun family activity that we did using this cookie dough. I'll share it on here sometime. Until then, enjoy our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.