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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Yep. That title says it all.

best chocolate chip cookies ever

They are the best. The. Best.

My love affair with chocolate chip cookies is well-documented. I have tried out more than my fair share of recipes, and I have a few old standbys… but this one takes the cake. When Nora wanted to bake cookies* last week, I decided to give a Pinterest find a try, just for kicks. And, man oh man, was I lucky.

* A favorite pastime of hers… though “helping” mostly involves licking the beater and taking “samples” of ingredients like sugar.

I was wary of trying a recipe that included shortening, since I am a butter believer, but it was worth it. So worth it. Plus, you can get shortening without all the nasty stuff (no hydrogenated oils and such) from Spectrum Organic (sold at Whole Foods), so it’s not as bad as it sounds. And the results are indisputable. These cookies were thicker and richer than any I’ve ever been able to achieve with butter alone.

The cookies came hot and fresh out of the oven and cooled on a rack until just warm enough to stick in a tupperware to take with us to a dear friend’s house for a play date with her kiddos. The reviews were rave, and not a crumb was left. The 9-year-old was effusive — he kept telling me how rich and melting and delicious they were. I was duly flattered, since this is not a child from whose lips fall idle praise.

Try them. You won’t be disappointed.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: makes 3 dozen cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 14½ oz (2¾ cups) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 and line two baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the whisk attachment, cream the butter and shortening together at high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the brown and white sugars and beat on high for an additional 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until incorporated.
  4. Switch to the paddle attachment and add the chocolate chips. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Add the flour mixture and beat until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
  5. Scoop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough and round them out with your hands, placing about an inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and cool until set, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool until ready to eat. Enjoy warm with a nice, tall glass of milk!

 

Austin Bakes for West: Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Cookies!

When I first posted about fleur de sel chocolate chip cookies, a number of you asked where you could place your order. Well, now I have an actual answer, and it’s for a great cause!

Austin Bakes for West

You may have heard (and if you live in Texas, you’ve certainly heard) about the fertilizer plant explosion that rocked West (comma) Texas last month. People lost their homes, their livelihoods, their pets and some (mostly first responders) sadly lost their lives. West has a special place in my heart. I’ve driven through this little town many, many times on the way to or from home in DFW and college in Austin, or between home in Austin and visiting in-laws and friends in DFW, and I always loved stopping for a kolache (cream cheese, please!) at the Czech Stop. It may not even be the best Czech bakery in town (West has a huge Czech population), but it sure is good, and it’s definitely convenient. One of my law school roommates, Amy, is from West, and I attended her wedding there a decade ago.* It’s a wonderful, friendly, tight-knit community, and it has been unimaginably devastated by the explosion.

*Sidenote: I am getting old.

We were just there, at the Czech Stop, on our way through last weekend. We stopped and got a half-dozen kolaches (please don’t ask how may of those I personally ate) for the road. We stood in a long line (much longer than usual) with various passers-through like us, as well as some firefighters from as far away as Calgary who were in town for the funerals, which had been held the previous day. It felt good to do a little something, to inject even a little money into this town’s struggling economy.

Now I can do a little bit more, and you can too. As we speak, I have a couple dozen fleur de sel chocolate chip cookies baking, and they’ll soon be on their way to a bake sale site.

Fleur de sel chocolate chip cookies

Austin Bakes for West is a city-wide bake sale benefiting recovery efforts in West. Please check the poster above for the site nearest you and come out and buy some cookies to help the folks of West out. And if fleur de sel chocolate chip cookies aren’t your thing (who ARE you?!), I won’t take it personally if you buy some of the plethora of delectable baked goods on offer from other area bloggers and bakers instead.

So, please come. And if you’re not in Austin, you can donate directly to Americare‘s relief efforts in West. Let’s help West get back on its feet!

Chocolate chip cookies with fleur de sel

I recently went a month without eating sugar, trying to break myself of a bad habit. Yes, I know it’s shocking, but they say the best time to break yourself of a bad habit is when you’re on vacation, or when your life is otherwise in upheaval, so I thought I’d give it a go.

It was only hard a couple of times, but, when my month was over, all I could think about was making a batch of chocolate chip cookies from the famous New York Times recipe. So, I did.

Fleur de sel chocolate chip cookies

…and they were good.

These cookies live up to the hype. They really are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made, or tasted for that matter, and they are absolutely worth the wait time (the dough has to chill for 24 hours before baking).

I enjoyed the heck out of them that evening, and froze the rest for future use, which, in this particular case, meant as a snack, every day for a week. So, it’s pretty much back to square one for me, sugar-wise. I know I have a bad sugar habit, and with diabetes in my family, I need to limit my refined sugar intake to special occasions, not everyday treats. So, it is with a heavy heart that I share this recipe with you, my readers. The cookies are spectacular, but I won’t be making them again until I have a good reason to do so. Enjoy them on my behalf!

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Fleur de Sel
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Recipe type: Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups minus 2 Tbs (8½ oz)* cake flour
  • 1⅔ cups (8½ oz) bread flour
  • 1¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp coarse salt
  • 2½ sticks (1¼ cups) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1¼ cups (10 oz) light brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbs (8 oz) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups (12 oz) good-quality bittersweet chocolate chips**
  • 1 1 /2 cups (12 oz) good-quality semisweet chocolate chips
  • Fleur de sel
Instructions
  1. Sift the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together until very light yellow, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Press plastic wrap against the dough and refrigerate it for 24 to 36 hours. The dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
  4. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop, place golf ball-sized mounds of dough onto the baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with fleur de sel and bake until golden brown but still soft, 15 to 18 minutes.
  6. Transfer the cookie sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip the cookies onto the rack to cool a bit more.
  7. Repeat with the remaining dough, reserve the dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day, or freeze the dough in already formed balls for baking in the next 2 months.
Notes
* I like to use a kitchen scale to measure the weight for precision, but if you don't have one, I've included cup measurements, too. ** My favorite is Ghirardelli.

 

 

Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I happened to notice a recipe for oatmeal cookies on the back of my box of McCann’s Irish Oatmeal one morning while cooking breakfast, so naturally I had to give it a whirl. Also naturally, I had to switch things up a bit. I’m not a fan of raisins in my oatmeal cookies, but I love chocolate chips… and I just happened to have semi-sweet and white chocolate chips on hand. I would’ve thrown some walnuts in, too, but we were out. They’d be lovely with or without.

Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I am trying to involve Nora more in cooking, and baking is one of the ways we can really have fun in the kitchen. Of course, everything takes twice as long (or more), but she loves to dump ingredients into the bowl, stir, turn on the mixer — and sample, of course. One of these days I’ll be able to sit back and have her whip me up a batch of cookies. Now that’s what parenting is all about — isn’t it?

The hubby, who self-described as “not a fan” of oatmeal cookies, loved these. So did all the neighborhood kids! Oh, and I certainly ate more than my share — to that I must confess.°

Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
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Recipe type: cookies
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Serves: 3 dozen
 
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light yellow and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and beat into the butter mixture on low speed, until just combined. Add the oats and beat until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop the batter by rounded teaspoons onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Cool slightly, then remove to a wire rack to cool. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

 

Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

I like oatmeal cookies… but I don’t like raisins. Well, actually, I don’t object to raisins themselves: they make a nice snack. I don’t like them baked into things, though. Just my personal issue.

Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are the best of both worlds for me, because, really, what’s a dessert without chocolate? I had the perfect excuse to try out a new recipe not long ago, since I was going to a committee meeting at the house of a friend who recently had a baby. With a newborn in the house, I knew it would be hard for her to put together a snack for the group, plus oatmeal is great for boosting milk supply in nursing mothers. Win-win!

Yes. Delicious win.

The cookies were yummy, but the first batch ended up a little too brown on the bottom, probably because I’m still adjusting to baking with my new silicone liners. I cooked the second batch at a slightly lower temperature, and they came out perfectly.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Adapted from a recipe from Baking Illustrated

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks (16 Tbs) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Using a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Add the sugars and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until just combined, and stir in the oats and chocolate chips.

Using an ice cream scoop, roll about 2 Tbs of dough into a ball and place on the prepared baking sheets, placing at least 2 inches apart. Bake until the edges of the cookies are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating halfway through the baking time to ensure even browning. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool a bit more before serving.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Yes, I said chocolate chip cookie brownies. That would be brownies with a layer of chocolate chip cookies baked right on top, so it forms one gooey, unified, perfect dessert.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies ~ Gourmet Veggie Mama

Happy Mother’s Day indeed. I made these for my mom today, and we all flipped for them.

chocolate chip cookie brownie

Just… seriously. Chocolate chip cookie brownies! How could you go wrong?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies ~ Gourmet Veggie Mama

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies
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Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 box brownie mix (I prefer Ghirardelli), plus eggs, oil and water as called for on the box
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Cream the butter and sugars in a stand mixer. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  2. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Prepare the brownie batter according to package directions. Spread in a greased 8 x 8 pan. Top with the cookie dough, dropping clumps of the dough over the batter to cover. You may not use quite all the dough, but that's what "sampling" is for!
  4. Bake for 20 minutes uncovered, then cover with foil and bake for 20 more minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until the cookie layer is browned and the brownies are almost set in the middle.
  5. Remove from the oven and let stand until cooled, at least 30 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.

 

Food of the Gods Chocolate Cookies

Okay, I’ll admit, I thought the name was overkill when I first saw this recipe over on Maggie Louise Bakes. I mean, “food of the gods?” No, really. It is. Don’t take my word for it — make these cookies!

Food of the Gods Chocolate Cookies

You may need a superhuman tolerance for chocolate, as there is a whole lotta cocoa in these babies, as well as three different kinds of chocolate chips… but that is not a problem for me. Far from it.

I took a batch of these to a barbecue a couple of weekends ago, and they disappeared quickly, receiving rave reviews. I may or may not have eaten a couple of them myself. And Nora’s telltale chocolate mustache let the world know she sampled some too.

Food of the Gods Chocolate Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ cups high-quality dutch processed cocoa (can substitute natural cocoa)
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cups (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coffee liqueur (optional)
  • ⅔ cups white chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup milk chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar together in a stand mixer until no chunks of butter remain, and the texture is that of a thick paste.
  4. Beat in the eggs one by one, and add the vanilla and coffee liqueur (if using).
  5. Turn the speed to low and gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Stir until just incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.*
  7. Using an ice cream scoop or a large spoon, scoop the dough onto the cookie sheets and bake for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Cool briefly on the cookie sheets, and then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm with a glass of milk.

 

Double chocolate cookies with walnuts

I don’t usually improvise when I’m baking. I’m just not that kind of girl. I’m all about flying by the seat of my pants when I’m cooking, but my baking knowledge is not quite at the point where I feel comfortable making it up as I go.

That said… I set out to make Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies from Nigella Express yesterday (a recipe which I had tried before and loved), and ended up making something a bit different. Sometimes a girl needs some chocolate, and she just has to make do with the ingredients she has on hand!

First, I only had frozen butter, and I didn’t want to wait for it to soften,* so I melted it with the chocolate instead of creaming it with the sugars. I detest getting two bowls dirty, so I basically just threw everything in the stand mixer, rather than mixing the wet and dry ingredients separately (the horror!), and then I ran out of chocolate chips.

*Yes, that happens to me a lot. I’m impatient.

Yep, the original recipe is quite chocolate-heavy, and even in a pantry as well-stocked with chocolate as mine, there are limits. So, rather than adding the 2 cups of chocolate chips the recipe called for, I added a cup of chocolate chips and a cup of walnut pieces. Better for variety, right?

As I was scooping the dough onto the cookie sheet, I had a sample (c’mon, who doesn’t?) and thought, well, even if these are a total fail, at least the dough tastes amazing!

Chocolate overload! Mission accomplished.

It all worked out beautifully, though. Perhaps this will give me a little more confidence to improvise in my baking from time to time. Regardless, now I have some chocolatey, chocolatey goodness to savor, and that’s what really matters.

Double Chocolate Cookies with Walnuts
Loosely based on a recipe from Nigella Express: 130 Recipes for Good Food Fast by Nigella Lawson

4 oz semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnut pieces

Preheat the oven to 325°. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and 4 oz chocolate, stirring. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and both sugars in a stand mixer. Stir in the chocolate mixture, along with the vanilla extract and the egg. Add the chocolate chips and walnuts and mix to incorporate.

Using an ice cream scoop, drop the dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.

Multiple personality cookies

I have been making peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for years. It’s like all the best kind of cookies rolled up in one — schizophrenic, but delicious!

Are they cool enough to eat yet?

I think the recipe first came from Real Simple magazine, but I couldn’t find anything like it in their archives, and it’s been so long I’ve lost track! At first, I called them “power cookies,” since I tended to make them as a snack for the hubby and me before we went on a long bike ride. Not that they’re particularly healthy, mind you, but they have peanuts and peanut butter, which is good protein, and dark chocolate, which is antioxidant-rich, and whole grains… Am I perhaps grasping at straws here?

Regardless of any nutritional benefits they may or may not possess, you can’t argue that they’re not tasty. I made a batch last night and froze about half of them for future noms — gotta love planning ahead!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups peanuts
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°. Stir together the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

Put both sugars, the butter, and the peanut butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in the egg and vanilla, scraping down the sides of bowl as needed.

Reduce the speed to low. Add the oat mixture and mix until just combined. Mix in the peanuts, peanut butter chips, and chocolate chips.

Using an ice cream scoop, make balls of dough and place them about 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until the cookies are golden and still a little soft in the center, 9 to 11 minutes. Cool slightly and serve. Makes 3 dozen.

White chocolate cranberry cookies

Merry Christmas Eve! In honor of the occasion, I’m sharing my favorite Christmas cookie recipe: white chocolate cranberry cookies. I’m not the biggest fan of white chocolate, and cranberries in baked goods aren’t really my thing, but these are delicious. Go figure.

Maybe it's the brandy.

Enjoy!

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 Tbsp brandy
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 375° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.* In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and brandy. Combine the flour and baking soda and stir into the sugar mixture. Mix in the white chocolate chips and cranberries. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. For best results, take them out while they are still doughy. Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

* Alternatively, make half of these, and freeze half of the dough in pre-formed balls so you have ready-to-bake cookies for another day!

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