Christmas is upon us so a few nights ago I decided to do a test run for “Santa’s Cookies”.
I made my Chocolate Chip Cookies and though the recipe as listed is still wonderful, we accidentally stumbled on a few improvements.
We were out of our usual so instead of using the Tollhouse Semi-Sweet Chocolate we used… Ghiradelli’s 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate. John had them for another cookie recipe (that I will share with you as soon as I find it) and was nice enough to share. I got the bag at Target (eek, bring cash), so they are probably available in most baking sections. It was around $1 more than Tollhouse per bag I think you should indulge with it at least once, it is the holidays after all. You can also use less than 2/3 of the bag in my opinion, but that’s up to you.
I also discovered hand stirring the batter made for much better cookies too. I have been lazy and using my Kitchen Aid for years to make these.
So Here It is…
The Way-Too-Good-For-it’s-Own-Good Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Original Recipe from Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual.
WARNING: Serving these to Santa might result in more than just an annual visit.
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/8 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt (table salt is better for this)
1/2 tsp baking soda
2/3 of a 12 oz bag of chocolate chips (I use
Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Morsels Ghiradelli’s) also note I put more chocolate chips in there than the recipe says to, they said only half (what fools) =)
MIXING BOWLl (I use a
Kitchen Aid Bowl)
a SMALL MIXING BOWL
1. In a small pan, melt the butter. When it’s hot add both sugars, stir and then let it cool down a bit.
2.While the butter mixture is cooling, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt into the MIXING BOWL.
3.In the SMALL MIXING BOWL, beat the egg lightly with a fork (I beat it just short of scrambled egg color-if that makes sense), then add the egg and vanilla to butter mixture. Stir.
4. Now add the butter, egg, and vanilla mixture to the MIXING BOWL. Stir again, and then add chocolate chip
s. If you are using a electric mixer only stir in the chocolate chips for a few seconds, enough so it is mixed but not enough to beat the chocolate chips to death. Use some elbow grease.
5. Now the hard part: put the bowl in the fridge to cool for about an hour.
6. Ten minutes before you take the mixing bowl out pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Don’t grease the cookie sheet. Roll the dough into walnut size balls, put them on the cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven.