Thursday, January 6, 2011

Crispy & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


I had a great time baking last night- my sister Allie came over and requested her favorite chocolate chip cookies!  Coincidentally, I was craving chocolate chip cookies myself and couldn't wait to dig into a big heaping pile of gooey, chewy, chocolate chip cookies.  I've always been partial to a chewy consistency.  Everyone's tastes are different and luckily recipes can be altered to get just the right consistency you enjoy.

This recipe in particular is both chewy and crispy... so you get the best of both worlds!  Allie raved about it's perfect consistency. At first I was skeptical, not really understanding how this was even possible... I've always had one or the other, but never both in the same bite!  I couldn't wait to see for myself what it was all about.

These cookies were just as she described them.  They have a slightly crispy initial bite around the perimeter with a soft and chewy center.  Perfection!!  Luckily I froze half the batter because we couldn't stop eating them.  Something about warm chocolate chip cookies are irresistible... with a cold glass of milk of course!

Hope you enjoy these as much as we did! 


Recipe Tips
  • We found it difficult to judge when these cookies were done baking.  They don't get golden brown like most cookies.  We were waiting for them to golden, but they never did and ended up baking them for a few minutes longer than we would have liked.  I think the best way to tell these cookies are done is when they appear just cooked through. 
  • If you don't want to make 3 dozen cookies all at once, make whatever you want and freeze the dough when you're ready to use it.  You can either freeze the large ball of dough and defrost when you're ready to make the cookies, or you can roll individual balls of dough, freeze them, and place them on your cookie sheet when you're ready to bake with no preparation necessary!

Start with sifting your flour, baking soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl:



Then melt your butter in the microwave:


And combine your melted butter, brown sugar, and regular granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer:


Mix on medium/high speed for about 15 seconds:


Until your ingredients are combined:


Then add your egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract:




Mix on medium/high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute:


Then add your sifted dry ingredients:


And mix on medium speed until just combined, about 20 seconds:


Then add your chocolate chips:


And mix by hand until well blended:


Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease your cookie sheet:


Then scoop about 1 tablespoon worth of cookie dough.  I recommend using a mini ice cream scoop if you have it!


Then roll your dough into a ball for the perfect cookie shape:


Place on your cookie sheet about 1.5 inches in between each ball of dough:


And bake for 10-12 minutes for small cookies or between 15-17 minutes for larger cookies:


Allow your cookies to sit for a few minutes on your baking sheet to cool then transfer to a cooling rack or plate to serve when they're nice and warm!


Eat them while they're warm and gooey!






Crispy and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Makes: 3 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 10-12 minutes (for smaller cookies) 15-17 minutes (for larger cookies)
(Printable Recipe)


Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 - 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (depending on your desired taste)

Directions
Start with sifting your flour, baking soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl.  Then melt your butter in the microwave and combine your butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Mix on medium/high speed for about 15 seconds until your ingredients are combined.  Then add your egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and mix on medium/high speed until smooth and creamy for about 1 minute.  Add your sifted dry ingredients and mix on medium speed until just combined for about 20 seconds.  Add your chocolate chips and mix by hand until well blended.  

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease your cookie sheet.  Scoop about 1 tablespoon worth of cookie dough.  I recommend using a mini ice cream scoop if you have it!  Then roll your dough into a ball for the perfect cookie shape.  Place on your cookie sheet about 1.5 inches in between each ball of dough.  Bake for 10-12 minutes for small cookies or between 15-17 minutes for larger cookies.  Your cookies are done when the edges are very lightly toasted and the center appears just cooked through, but not golden.  If you wait for your cookies to brown slightly they will have less of a chewy consistency and more of a crispy bite to it.  Allow your cookies to rest for a few minutes on your baking sheet to cool and then transfer to a cooling rack or plate to serve when they're nice and warm!

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38 comments:

  1. Chocolate chip cookies are such great comfort food. I'm really partial to the chewy ones, but these sound like the best of both worlds.

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  2. I cannot WAIT to try this! I am so very excited, I love the way your described these cookies. Sounds amazing!

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  3. Beautiful! I love how silky the cookie dough is, so rich and gorgeous! These just HAVE to be good!

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  4. How fun to make with your sister. I would freeze them and eat them and eat them.

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  5. You just can't go wrong with chocolate chip cookies. They hit the spot every time!

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  6. mmm these look SO good. Now I want chocolate chip cookies! Great that you got to make these with your sister!

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  7. Ohh these look amazing - I love the crispy edges and chewy center right out of the oven. Yum yum yum! :)

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  8. I love CCC's with that double texture surprise!

    I've sent your recipe down to my orphaned 1/2 son by a distant marriage. He's always looking for a better recipe!

    Thanks!

    Toby

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  9. Crispy and chewy!! The best combo in a CCC!! Reminds me of that commercial years back about CCCS...Crispy, chewy, crispy, chewy......these look amazing!

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  10. These chocolate chip cookies look amazing! The crispy/chewy combo sounds delicious too. I can definitely see why you guys enjoyed these!

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  11. loved the way you described these cookies. wish I had some right now. love that you can freeze and bake when needed. a time saver
    thanks for sharing
    hope you're having a wonderful day

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  12. Hm. Looks great and super idea to get my girls making them together! They just love these.

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  13. YUM! I've found that the the consistency of the butter as it is incorporated with the other ingredients changes the structure and texture of cookies. Cooled melted butter makes the best cookies :) I can't wait to try these!

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  14. You are such a show off...everything you make is wonderful...LOL

    I do love me a good chocolate chip and I thiink yours looks fav.

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  15. Can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes! Can's wait to try these. Great photos, too

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  16. These look like the perfect chocolate chip cookie! As we speak my son is pleading with me to go make some of these! They look amazing.

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  17. I'm always trying out new chocolate chip cookie recipes to find one I like - love you recommendation to freeze extra batter in small balls! So smart!!

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  18. Crispy AND chewy - now that's chocolate chip cookie nirvana! I like that you just melt the butter here, so much easier.

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  19. I am so in awe of people who can bake! I think I'll just sit back and enjoy the food porn rather than attempt them myself. :)

    BTW, your World of Cake book just arrived! Thanks again!

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  20. I dislike when I can't tell when something is done baking. I wish I had a camera at the bottom of my oven some times.

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  21. After all the fancy and unusual holiday treats over the past month, classic chocolate chip cookies sound just wonderful. I can't wait to try this recipe.

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  22. These look so good.....I think I have a craving now. ;) Fabulous picture.

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  23. Looks like an amazing recipe will try. We are partial to chewy as well

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  24. I'm lying here on the couch, PINNED under my baby boy who's fast asleep and I'm HUNGRY!! All I can think about is making these cookies up!

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  25. Oh wow! I could definitely use one of those right now!

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  26. Chelsea, it's about a thousand degrees below here in Dallas, and those cookies look perfect. I'm imagining them hot, which is impressive, because it's so cold here I'd forgotten what heat even is.

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  27. These cookies both sound and look amazing! I just bought chocolate chips yesterday to bake cookies this week. Can only hope my cookies turn out half as good as yours!

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  28. can any one tell me how many carbs are in these?

    they look really yummy :)

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  29. @Viktoria- I wish I could help you, but I'm not sure how many carbs are in them... Sorry!!

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  30. Looks sooo yummy!

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  31. oh yum. I cannot resist chocolate chip cookies, especially the chewy ones... These look so good.

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  32. I adore chocolate chip cookies!!!

    Congrats on Foodbuzz Top 9!!

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  33. Who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies! Your recipe sounds perfect! Now I just wish I had a plateful to go with my coffee!
    Congrats on your top 9 today!
    Dennis

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  34. Just made these cookies with my 20 yr old son, he wanted chocolate chip cookies before going back to college, and they were a hit!

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  35. I love the crispy/chewy!! Congrats on the top 9. This pic is awesome!

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  36. Made these today! They're awesome. Best of both worlds in my house...I like chewy, while my husband likes crispy cookies! My kids don't care, either way!!! Thank you!

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  37. I've ben looking for the perfect cookie for a year! This is the bomb!!! they even lasted 2days+ without going stale. They also taste good if you let them get brown and crispy,,either way, these are the only cookies i need. thanks!
    - Remi

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