Friday, October 7, 2011

The Search for the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

For this round of the Crazy Cooking Challenge we are looking for the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I've got a couple of personal favorites so far......the cookie from Baked and the Jacque Torres (NY Times) cookie. But ever since I read through the Chocolate Chip Cookie Quest over at Sweet as Sugar Cookies, I've been meaning to try the cookie from Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery.

There is nothing complicated with this recipe (although it does use both all-purpose and bread flour).....the hardest part of it all will be waiting overnight to 24 hours before baking these bad boys up. From everything I've read, this resting period in the fridge is mandatory if you want the best results for your cookie. Both the Baked recipe and the NY Times recipes also require you to let the dough rest overnight for the best texture and flavor.

And the most important part......how were they? Oh my.....these really are fantastic! They are crisp at the edges but super chewy on the inside....all with a great caramel flavor that everyone agreed was just delicious! Of course, I need to do a side-by-side taste test before I officially declare this as my favorite......nut I really do think we have a winner!

Check out all of the other great recipes over at Sweet as Sugar Cookies!

Joanne Chang's Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Joanne Change of Flour Bakery via Sweet as Sugar Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 white sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup chopped semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup finely chopped milk chocolate

Beat the butter and sugars until mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until thoroughly combined.

Mix together the flours, baking soda, and salt. Add both chocolates to he flour mix and toss to combine. Slowly blend the flour-chocolate mixture into the butter-sugar mixture. Mix until the flour and chocolate are totally incorporated and the dough is completely mixed.

For best results, scrape dough into a container and let rest in the refrigerator for a day before baking. The next day, heat the oven to 350 degrees F and position a rack in the center of the oven. Drop the dough in 1/4-cup balls onto a baking sheet about two inches apart. Press dough balls down on the edges and slightly soft in the center, 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Enjoy!

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Make sure you check out some of the other entries in the Crazy Cooking Challenge and vote for your favorite....me, of course ;)

This post is linked to:
Bake with Bizzy - Full Plate Thursday - Turning the Table Thursday - Sweet Treats Thursday - Sweet Tooth Friday - Friday Favorites - Show Off Your Stuff - Fusion Fridays - Anything Goes Linky - Friday FoodSweets for a Saturday - I'm Lovin' It - Fat Camp Friday - Sweet Indulgences Sunday - Monday, Mmmm......Dessert - Tuesday Talent Show - Tasty Tuesday - Crazy Sweet Tuesday - These Chicks Cooked - Cast Party Wednesday

9 comments:

  1. Hi Kirsten having a hard time to post any comments on all the posts I have looked at tonight, Assuming it may have to do with the prolbems that Tina had posting them today. I have made this cookie before, never put on my blog for whatever reason, but I know they are good. The wait is the worst. andi

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  2. That's great to know, Kirsten. I see she is using bread flour. Most recipes don't call for it. Refrigeration does make a difference too. Thanks for posting your results and for participating at Joy of Desserts too. :-) Have a great day.

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  3. Hi Kristen,
    Your cookies are really pretty. I has been fun cooing in the challenge with you, I am #15. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you will have a fabulous week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  4. I have never heard of these but it is definitely on my to do list now! I would love you to come check mine out, they are #5. Thanks!

    The Farm Girl

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  5. Just when I thought I had found the perfect recipe!! I guess I'll have to give this one a try too. Your cookies look fabulous! :)

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  6. I haven't made chocolate chip cookies in forever. But, I did one today that someone else made. I don't think that counts. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  7. thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Tuesday! can't wait to see what you'll bring this week. http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

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  8. This really looks delicious. I'm definitely craving for a plate of that right now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. This is definitely a must do recipe this weekend since I got my Alcohol Training.

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