Chocolate Chip cookies are a perennial favourite for several good reasons: The ingredients are readily available (we always have chocolate chips in our house), the dough is tantalizingly good even before baking and the cookies themselves are meltingly delicious when warm out of the oven, especially with a glass of cold milk. What’s not to like?
The most frustrating part of baking cookies used to be the need to have softened butter at hand when inspiration struck. Then I came across this recipe from America’s Test Kitchen, who devoted two pages in one of their Best Recipe books on the ins and outs of making outstandingly scrumptious chocolate chip cookies. This recipe calls for melted butter. Excellent. Just zap it in the microwave and you’re cooking.
- 6 oz unsalted butter, melted
- 7 oz brown sugar
- 3.5 oz white sugar
- 1 egg plus one egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 10.5 oz all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 c chocolate chips (or more, depending on preference)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF or 325ºF convection. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Melt butter and place in the bowl of a mixer. Add the two sugars and using the paddle attachment, beat until the sugars are dissolved and the mixture is thoroughly combined. Add the vanilla, egg and egg yolk and beat until light and fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in the bowl of the mixer. Beat slowly and carefully at first, so as not to cause a flour shower. Gradually increase the speed of the mixer until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. The dough will be fairly stiff at this point.
- Remove the bowl from the mixer. Using a wooden spatula, stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
- Using a small scoop or spoon, drop balls of the dough onto the parchment lined cookie sheets. The dough will make 24 large cookies or 36 medium sized (the balls of dough will be about 2" or 1.5", respectively). In either case, work with 12 cookies per sheet, evenly spaced.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets halfway through baking.
- Use a scale to weigh the dry ingredients. Not only is it much easier, it allows for more accurate measurement, and hence a more reliable result.