Saturday, June 4, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies are my undoing.

I have memories from my childhood where I would be riding the bus home from school thinking about the homemade chocolate chip cookies that were in the kitchen.

Waiting for me.

And only me.

You would think that I might have had an eating disorder as a child if I was so wrapped up in cookies at such a young age.  Cookies have always been my weakness.

They still are. 

See "Cookie Journey."

I'm always looking for THE chocolate chip cookie recipe that will stop me in my tracks.  I like a bakery style cookie.  Great big, soft, chewy, lots of chips...(sigh) can these cookies be baked at home?  Or must I relinquish the perfection to bakery owners?

My latest stab at THE perfect chocolate chip cookie comes courtesy of the good folks at Land O' Lakes Butter.  The name alone grabbed my attention.  Two adjectives I most like to hear in describing a cookie...


These cookies would make a great celebration to the end of the school year or the beginning of summer; whichever way you want to look at it.  Either way, bake some up for or with your kiddos soon!

Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here's What You Need:
4 1/4 cups flour
teaspoon baking powder
teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips

Here's What You Do:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl and set it aside.

Combine butter, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Reduce speed to low. Beat, gradually adding flour mixture, until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until light golden brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!  In fact, you really want to under bake these a bit.  it lends to a chewier cookie.  Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire cooling rack.
And there you have it.  I've made these once so far and it's safe to say, I'll make them again.  Has my quest to find the ULTIMATE chocolate chip cookie recipe come to an end?  That's still up in the air.  I'm a bit OCD about my recipe collecting.

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