Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Heavenly Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I have the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe!
These just may be the perfect chocolate chip cookie!

Avesta's Chocolate Chip Cookies

preheat oven to 375 degrees
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cake flour (this is important in this recipe)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups softened butter (3 sticks, unsalted)
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 bag milk chocolate chips
1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Start by mixing both flours, baking powder & baking soda in a large bowl. I like mixing with a large fork, it just seems to combine the ingredients well for me.

Then beat the sugars and butter until really creamy. Once the mixture is nice and creamy, add the eggs and vanilla and beat again. Don't beat too much though, just until eggs and vanilla are blended in. If you don't have a stand mixer, just beat in a bowl with a hand mixer.

Once the sugars and butter are nice and creamy, slowly add the flour mixture and mix until well blended.

I use Ghirardelli Chocolate chips. I love this brand of chocolate but you can use whatever is your favorite brand. You can even chop up your favorite chocolate bars instead of using chocolate chips. I take the bowl off the mixer stand and mix in the chips with a wooden spoon. You can add nuts or white chocolate chips too if you'd like. Once your cookie dough is ready, chill either in the fridge for a few hours or in the freezer for about 30-45 minutes.

I use an ice cream scoop to make my dough balls. These are not small cookies, though if you'd like to make smaller cookies you may, but the cooking time will have to change. Bake the large cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet at 375 degrees for about 10-13 minutes or until nice and golden brown. If you want your cookies to be a bit flatter, after baking for about 5 minutes, pull your cookie sheet out and smash the balls a bit with a spoon and then continue to bake for another 5-8 minutes. I always make half puffy and half flatter so my guests can pick which kind they like better.

Cool cookies before piling them on top of each other so they don't stick.

Is this heavenly or what?

They look and taste just perfect!

Make sure to have a few while they're warm and gooey with a tall glass of milk!


Helene said...

I crave chocolate right now, that would be good.

Ingrid said...

I'd love to have one of those bad boys right, NOW.....I haven't had lunch and I'm starving! I'm so happy to see a recipe that doesn't require a day and half wait!

avesta said...

Helene & Ingrid...do try this recipe! The cookies are just so good!!!