Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Rumors Are True

Everywhere I read on the food blogs, was NY Times chocolate chip cookie this, NY Times chocolate chip cookie that…  I am referring to the article written by the NY Times about the perfect cookie.  Now, let’s face some facts.  I’m not about to go out to the store and purchase the multiple flours, expensive chocolate, etc, etc.  What I AM willing to do is buy Ghirardelli chocolate chips & try out the method of refrigerating the dough.  I found a recipe from a very drool worthy website I love, Smitten Kitchen. This website is AWESOME. I luckily found her awesome chocolate chip cookie recipe. Unfortunately my cookies were nowhere near as photogenic as hers, but they tasted awesome. Here’s the recipe and in parentheses are my changes (not a lot of changes though, these were great to begin with).

Seriously, next time you know in advance you will be wanting chocolate chip cookies, I TOTALLY recommend refrigerating the dough. Even 24 hours made a difference. If you have 48 hours notice, EVEN BETTER! I think you can see from the pictures alone the difference in appearance.  From now on, I will always refrigerate the dough.  I can’t wait to buy some more chips so I can make these again!


Chocolate Chip Cookies

adapted from Smitten Kitchen, originally from the Great Book of Chocolate


1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (120 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) (115 grams) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch (1cm) pieces
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt or 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt
1 1/2 cups (200 grams) semisweet chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli).
1 cup (130 grams) walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped (I completely forgot these)


Beat the sugars and butters together until smooth. Mix in the egg, vanilla, and baking soda.

Stir together the flour and salt, then mix them into the batter. Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts. (I forgot to add nuts).

Press dough into a bottom of bowl, cover with plastic wrap, pressing onto the dough, so no air gets in. Refrigerate for 36-48 hours.

Scoop the cookie dough into 2-tablespoon (5cm) balls and place 8 balls, spaced 4 inches (10cm) apart, on each of the baking sheets.

Bake for 18 minutes at 300 degrees, or until pale golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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3 Responses to “The Rumors Are True”

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    Katie — October 3, 2008 @ 7:24 pm

    I’m Erin’s favortie food critique… actually I just really enjoy eating Erin’s food. But once again I’m here to vouch that this is one of the best chocolate chip cookie recipe’s I have ever tried. This is coming from a cookie lover, I know a good chocolate chip cookie when I have one. Erin and I grew up with one another, she knows me well. So when I went to visit her and TB in August for the Tomato Fest she made a batch before I came. They were delish. Since, I have made two different batches using the same recipe and both times they have turned out excellent. I would also recommend refrigerating the dough over night, it makes them that much more soft and chewy!

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    L — May 4, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

    Thanks for the yummy recipe! I came across your blog when I was google searching for a new chocolate chip recipe (I love my old stand-by recipe from the Foster’s Market cookbook, but I found yours and had to try it). I had a couple complications so I wasn’t sure how it would work out (I put in too much choc. chips so there wasn’t enough batter so I ended up having to double the batter, and then when it was time to spoon out the refrigerated batter it was almost impossible to work with initially!), but they ended up tasting great! This was my first time refrigerating, and I am now converted! I also added a but of sea salt to the tops before baking which also worked well. Thanks again for sharing!!

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    Steph Craig — August 27, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    Just made these cookies for a party a few hours ago…once they were put out they were gone within an hour! I usually don’t like home made cookies but these were fantastic! I’m becoming obsessed with your recipes and want to try them all!

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