Quest for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

November 9, 2008

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A few moons ago my friend Sean set out on his Spirit Quest, and when was approached by his spirit animal, he saw that it was a chocolate chip cookie. Week after week he attempted to recreate the cookie he had met in the dessert. Until one day, he made this….

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons  cake flour

1 2/3 cups bread flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt

2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract

1 1/4 pounds bitter sweet chocolate disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content

Sea salt.

1. Mix flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.

3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

4. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes.

This is a true story, and the very recipe Sean used. These were also the BEST DAMN COOKIES I EVER HAD! However, when I was searching for a cookie image for this blog, I found this…

bacon_chocolate_chip_cookies_with_maple_cinnamon_glaze_4So, with this new challenger, a cookie-off must take place!


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