If you have been reading, you would know that we are of the opinion that chocolate is the best thing on Earth. the bestest thing EVER. Since we love chocolate that much, chocolate chips, by extension, can also be considered one of the foods we would choose to have if we were stranded on a dessert island! These little babies are full of richness and kick and they are just oh-so-versatile! They can be used in cookies, pancakes, waffles, cakes, puddings, muffins, cupcakes, pies, various types of pastries, and even in granola bars, ice cream, trail mix, and other retail food products! They can even be melted and used in sauces and other recipes like a good old comforting Hot chocolate. How lovely ❤
Chocolate Chip Cookies can be considered the most understated food ever. They’re so common, yet so good and comforting, like a warm blanket on a cold wet rainy day. If you don’t love Chocolate Chip Cookies, you’re out of your mind. They’re addictive. Period. Take for example Top Chef All-Stars Episode 10: Cooking for Cookie Monster. In this episode, the judges for the Quick-Fire Challenge were Cookie Monster, Elmo and Telly from “Sesame Street”. The chefs had to make the best possible version of a cookie from scratch in 45 minutes. Now Richard Blais said he was not going to make chocolate chip since that would be too ordinary. However, he ended up making a Zucchini and Mint Ice Cream Cookie with Chocolate Chips (which technically was not a cookie, it was an ice cream ball). Antonia Lafaso made Dark Chocolate Cookie with White Chocolate Chips, Caramel Glaze & Sprinkles. Carla Hall made Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cinnamon. Angelo Sosa made Chocolate Chip, Belgian Hazelnut Cookie and a Chocolate Banana Milkshake. Thats 4 out of 7 chefs who included Chocolate Chips in their cookies, 57.1% 🙂
Despite how popular and how basic they might be, a good Chocolate Chip Cookie requires great skill. “How could you go wrong with a Chocolate Chip Cookie?” you might be thinking. A good Chocolate Chip Cookie is all about its texture – crunchy on the outside, yet still chewy and gooey in the centre – and of course, just the right amount of chocolate chips. Not too little, but not too much either that it’ll become overly sweet and jelak. Subway does delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies, so does Famous Amos. Yet, these Chocolate Chips we have here today, are the best.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything
Yields 28 HUGE cookies (720g)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
160g butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (it was 2 cups in the original recipe, but we thought that 2 cups was waaaaaay too much)
Preheat the oven to 325 Fahrenheit (165 Celcius). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon.
Using about a 1 tablespoon ice cream scoop, or with two spoons, drop about 1 tablespoon of dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake, for about 12-13 minutes until cookies are light golden brown and outer edges start to harden yet centers are still soft and puffy. Do not overbake.
Cool cookies on sheets until able to lift without breaking. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Note: You can freeze this dough. Form the dough into balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze and then place the balls of dough in a plastic bag, seal, and freeze. Before baking, simply place the frozen balls of dough on a baking sheet and bake as per normal. You may have to increase the baking time a few minutes though.