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Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Great Chocolate Chip Cookie Debate


What? You didn't think there was a Great Chocolate Chip Cookie Debate? I beg to differ. Funny enough, the very first thing I posted on this blog was chocolate chip cookies - a really easy recipe that was mixed in one bowl with no fuss. They are still a really easy and fast cookie, but there are others that taste better and have better texture.


The subject of this month's Cookie Carnival, that event dedicated to trying out new cookie recipes as a group, created by Kate at The Clean Plate Club, was for a chocolate chip cookie too. I am always up for more chocolate chip cookies and this one is claimed to be (it is right there in the name) The Ultimate Chewy and Soft Chocolate Chunk Cookie.

Well. So, is it? The Ultimate that is? The answer for me on this one is going to have to be a no. They were really good, don't get me wrong (can there be a bad chocolate chip cookie?). They just weren't an ultimate for me.


I blame it on the cookie you see below. Yes. It is THAT one. The one from the New York Times (and if you haven't seen them, you have to follow that link - they are gorgeous!!).


I made them a while ago and wasn't going to bother to post about them since you have probably all been bombarded by all the posts about them from bloggers better than I. This month's cookie recipe changed my mind because I think the Times cookie has ruined me for all other recipes. All I can say is that the New York Times Recipe is all it is cracked up to be. It may sound a little fussy to make, but really, it is just a couple extra steps that aren't a big deal. To see what these cookies should really look like check them out at The Smitten Kitchen (Deb even had the chocolate feves - of course there is no finding those here in Utah). This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe now.


As for the The Ultimate Chewy and Soft Chocolate Chunk Cookies...well - I did say that they are really good. As you can see they are cakey and a little chewy and have lots of chocolate. Regan Daley, creator of these cookies, in her book, In The Sweet Kitchen describes them as "Crisp and Crunchy have their place in the world of biscuits, but not, I believe, in the best and simplest chocolate chip cookie. If you like chewy, cakey and full to the brim with chocolate, these are for you."

So, they are there only lovely treat, but if you are like me and want the crisp outer edge, the chewy part and the melty chocolate and center that is a little gooey...? Just give in and make the NYTimes Chocolate Chip Cookies, well, unless you really want a cakey version, then go for the Ultimate below.


The Ultimate Chewy and Soft Chocolate Chunk Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsps. pure vanilla extract
3 cups plus
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
16 oz. flavorful bitter or semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, or lightly butter them, and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, or stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or a large bowl if mixing by hand, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.

2. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together in a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture, and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks.

3. Using your hands, shape knobs of dough about the size of a large walnut and place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Stagger the rows of cookies to ensure even baking. Bake 12-15 for smaller cookies, 14-17 for larger ones or until the tops are a light golden brown. If the cookies are neither firm nor dark when they are removed from the oven, they will cool chewy and soft. Cool the cookies on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. If somehow they don't get inhaled immediately, they may be stored airtight at room temperature for up to one week.


Manggy said...

"Better bloggers than I..."
Oh, hush now :) I love your blog. Anyway, I'd probably be the worst person to ask. I'm perfectly happy eating chocolate chip cookies out of a bag as long as they're soft and chewy :) Maybe I'll be blown completely out of my mind when I get a taste of the NY times one!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

I've been meaning to make the NYT cookie ever since I started my blog. I've made others, but so far haven't unseated my old stand-by. As for cakey, well, no thanks. Your ideal cookie sounds like mine! You've recommitted me to trying the NYT.

Cristine said...

I've had the NY Times cookies on my to-bake list FOREVER! I need to get around to making them!

I totally agree with you on the cookie carnival cookies. They were good, just not the ultimate in my book!

Melanie said...

Chocolate Chip Cookies always inspire great debate! Everyone has their favorite recipe. I think both of these look great - I have been anxious to try the NY Times recipe since it has gotten such rave reviews. My favorite right now is the Thick and Chewy from CI.

Mary Ann said...

Well it looks like I am going to end up making two chocolate chip cookies this month. I have been searching for the chocolate chip cookie that would satisfy my husbands love for them and have not been successful. I will definitely be doing both of these!

Deborah said...

they sure do look good! I always end up going back to the Toll House recipe. It's my favorite!

Jaime said...

it's fun searching for the best CCC isn't it? :)

Jin Hooi said...

well done, ur cookies look great !!

Katrina said...

Just browsing around and saw choc chip cookies (my favorite thing). The NY Times cookie is probably my favorite right now, too. LOVE that cookie and recipe! I shouldn't have looked, now I want to make some! ;) A GREAT cookie! Yours look awesome.

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