Friday, December 13, 2013

FOOD: the best chocolate chip cookies ever

This recipe is NOT for any of you who want low fat.  If you think you're saving yourself by eating such rubbish then good on you.  I think you're nuts because you wind up eating the whole package then feeling much more guilty (and eating more sugar and thus more calories) then if you had eaten on one or two of these magnificent morsels.

What makes this recipe stand out?  Try them for yourself and see.


1.5C AP flour (organic, unbleached)
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch sea-salt (as finely ground as possible)
2 tbsp coco powder
1/2C Cultured salted butter (regular butter makes less interesting cookies)
1C Demerara  sugar (dark brown works too, but don't waste your time with golden or white)
1-2 tbsp corn syrup
1 large egg (or extra large)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1C chocolate chips.  (Don't cheap out!  The tastiest ones you can find)


1. Heat oven to 375F
2. sift flower, baking powder and coco into a large bowl and set aside
3. cream the demerara sugar and butter until fluffy (pastry knife/fork/stand-mixer)
4. add corn syrup, vanilla, and egg to the butter/sugar mixture and beat until well combined
5. gently add the dry ingredients into the wet trying not to over-mix
6. ever so gently fold in the chocolate chips.
7. form into balls using your hands no bigger than a golf-ball and chill in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.  They work very well as mini-cookies if you roll them into the size of a large marble.
8. using greased cookie sheets or silicone mats (lots of space to spread) for 13-15 minutes.  There will be just a faint caramelized crunchy brown edge to the cookie when done.  (11-14 minutes for small cookies)
9. remove from oven, let sit on the sheet for 3-4 minutes then remove and place on a cooling rack.
10. wait 5-10 minutes to cool and then try to not cram them all in your mouth.


NB:  The dough freezes very well and you don't need to let it defrost complete as the dough handles MUCH more easily when it's thoroughly chilled.

My $0.02: the cultured butter, demerara sugar, corn syrup, and chocolate chips make these cookies pure awesomeness.

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