Friday, September 16, 2011

NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rainy and coldish weather around here recently put in the baking mood. Now usually I am a cooker. A non measurer. A no-need-to-be-precise kind of girl. (And this recipe is ridiculously precise.) But when the weather is chilly I am more patient. I want to feel the kitchen warmed by the oven. I want to make thing that will lift your mood and spirit. Food=Happiness. 

I browsed some of my favorite blogs for cookie recipes and found one that was worth the try ( and the 2 different kind of flours that I hand to buy and sift)

I found it here @ My Baking Addiction. But apparently this recipe is all over the blog world. 
Now let me be clear. I am not a lover of Choco Chip Cookies. I think most are dry and tasteless.
 I am a cookie snob. I own it. I am okay with it. 
But these looked like they were worth a shot! So I followed the directions and got a really good result. Probably close to the best choco chip cookie ever. Although my cousin, Hannah's are still #1. 
I did make one tiny oopsie... You will notice at the end of the recipe, it calls for you to sprinkle the dough cookies with sea salt. I did this, but by the end my cookies were getting saltier. I realized that I was not brusing off the excess salt off the baking sheet and the underside of my cookies were rather salty. Don't be like me. Brush off the extra salt. :) 

NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 pounds bittersweet disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content  ( I used gourmet mini  chocolate chips)
*Sea salt (be careful with this part)
1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
4. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day.

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