Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dorie’s Best Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Who can resist chocolate chip cookies? For these I used some leftover plain M&Ms and other chopped up chocolate and I left the nuts out.. I really enjoyed the flavor of these cookies but was sad that they came out so flat. Although I love a puffier cookie, the flavor wins overall, so I’m sharing these with you.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt (1 1/4 if you really like salt)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks (8oz) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
2 large eggs
12 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped into chips, or 2 cups store-bought chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats.
Whisk flour, salt, and baking soda.
Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed for 1 minute or until smooth. Add sugars and beat for another 2 minutes or so until well blended. Beat in the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for one minute or so between each egg.
Reduce speed to low, and add dry ingredients in three portions, mixing only until each addition is incorporated. On low speed or by hand, mix in chocolate and nuts.
(The dough can be covered and refrigerated for up to three days, or frozen. Dough can also be frozen in mounds.)
Spoon the dough by slightly rounded tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between spoonfuls.
Bake cookies one sheet at a time, rotating at the midway point, for 10-12 minutes or until brown at edges and golden in the center. They may be soft in the middle, and that’s just fine. Pull the sheet from the oven, and allow cookies to rest for one minute. Then carefully transfer with a wide metal spatula to racks to cool to room temperature. Repeat with remainder of dough, cooling the sheets between batches.

~Recipe from Dorie Greenspan found online. See this at Just Baking also!

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