Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have some good news. I finally got an electric kitchen scale *yay!*. These chocolate chip cookies are kinda sorta a back to school gift for me. I love chocolate chip cookies, but I usually convince myself that they're not worth making. I've baked chocolate chip cookies like a million times, and even though they're always delicious they never come out quite how I like - not salty enough, too crispy, not enough chocolate chips, etc. I always find them lacking in complexity of flavor too, but like anyone I can't help from eating ten three or four at a time.

These chocolate chip cookies are just what I have been looking for. I've been totally stalking Brave Tart's blog lately. I couldn't help but try her recipe since an amazing pastry chef like her is bound to know a thing or two about chocolate chip cookies. Something as simple as chocolate chip should be amazing. I urge you to bake up a batch of these for Valentine's Day. Nothing says "I like you" like homemade chocolate chip cookies, right?

Note: I found the nutmeg and almond flavors a little bit too intense on these and have adjusted the recipe accordingly.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

8 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 ounces dark brown sugar
5 ounces white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 tbl pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
12.75 ounces all purpose flour
16 ounces chocolate chips
extra salt for sprinkling

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until just combined (don't overbeat!). Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, almond extract, and vanilla and beat to just combine. Add the egg and egg yolk and beat briefly to combine. Dump in half the flour and mix until moistened. Add the rest of the flour and beat until no visible spots of flour remain. Add all the chocolate chips and give the mixer a few turns to incorporate them into the batter. Divide the dough between two sheets of parchment/wax-paper/plastic-wrap and form into logs. Wrap tightly and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the cookies into rounds and sprinkle with salt. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for about 12 minutes or until just barely golden around the edges. Remove onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Source: Recipe adapted from Brave Tart.

11 Response to Chocolate Chip Cookies

January 24, 2012 at 6:01 AM

Mmmmm, these look fantastic! :) Gotta love the Brave Tart!

January 24, 2012 at 7:36 AM

Wow.. oh Wow!! Chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favorite kind of cookie out there!! These look beyond amazing!! Really decadent and delicious. I wish I could grab about 10 (not just 3) out of the screen. :)

January 24, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Yum! they look much better than mine. Thanks!

January 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM

She's definitly awesome!

January 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

They certainly are! :)

January 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

I think the rolling and cutting gives a better effect than spooning. :)

January 24, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Home made chocolate chip cookies say - I love you - now go and do the washing up for me because I have made these gorgeous things and should be exempt from all chores.

January 25, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I've never seen a homemade cookie recipe that calls you to roll the batter into logs and refrigerate overnight. These actually look EXACTLY like those delicious, but sinfully awful, chocolate chip cookies that come from a box!

January 27, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Chocolate chip cookies are Nirvana! :-) So happy for you that you found your perfect recipe.

January 27, 2012 at 8:06 PM

These look utterly divine! Congrats on a perfect recipe!

March 5, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Those cookies look awesome!

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