Friday, April 23, 2010

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

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homemade Macrina Bakery chocolate chip cookies
Okay folks, I'm finally posting this recipe!  Wow, took me long enough, eh?  I was busy eating, and not enough posting!

So this recipe is from Leslie Mackie's "Macrina Bakery & Cafe Cookbook", found on page 161.  My fellow food lover Tabitha gave me the book to borrow, and I had yet to try anything.  Shame on me! This is definitely one of the best chocolate chip recipes I have found.  Chewy, chocolatey, with just a few crisp parts around the edge.  Pretty much the perfect cookie, if you don't care about calories or diet. *cough!

The recipe itself is called "Olivia's Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies", and is named after two Olivia's in Leslie's life: her daughter and the grandmother of the pastry chef, Karra Wise.  Apparently it's Macrina Bakery's take on the Toll House cookie.  So here's the recipe!

Makes 16 large cookies

2 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I only had one package of chips (2 cups) and it was plenty!)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature (I used Earth Balance)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1.  Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.  Add chocolate chips and mix well with a spoon.  Set aside.

2.  Combine butter, shortening, sugar, and brown sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer.  Using the paddle attachment, mix on medium speed for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is smooth and pale in color.  I actually didn't used my stand mixer and got a nice arm workout using a spatula, because my mixer doesn't have a paddle.  Add 1 egg and mix until incorporated.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the remaining egg and vanilla extract.  Continue mixing until incorporated, about 1 minute with the mixer (3-5 with your buff arms).  Remove the bowl from the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl again.

3. Using a rubber spatula (Woot! Already have it!), fold half of the dry ingredients into the dough.  After the first batch is fully incorporated, fold in the rest of the dry ingredients and continue folding until all the flour as been absorbed.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and cover it with plastic wrap.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.  At this point the dough can be formed into cookies or stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

4.  Preheat overn to 350 degrees.  Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper (I used foil greased with butter).

5.  Scoop dough out of the bowl (about a medium ice cream scoop) and roll the dough into 2 inch balls.  Place 8 balls on each baking sheet, leaving 3 inches between each ball.  Flatten the balls with the palm of your hand to about 1 inch thick.  Place 1 sheet of cookies in the refrigerator while baking the other sheet.

6.  Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, on center rack of oven for about 15-18 minutes each.  To help the cookies bake evenly, rotate the baking sheet every 4 minutes or so.  The finished cookies will be golden brown around the edges, and still light in the center.  Let cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes.  The cooled cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Heather said...

It better be coming soon, I'm waitin'! I love trying new chocolate chip cookie recipes. :)

Lara said...

It is oh so totally NOT vegan, but I'm sure you can substitute the butter for margarine, leaving in the vegetable shortening (the solid stick kind), and then maybe for the eggs using something else...Let's see...Internet says:

What is a good substitute for eggs?

2 tbsp cornstarch = 1 egg
2 tbsp arrowroot flour = 1 egg
2 tbsp potato starch = 1 egg
1 heaping tbsp soy powder + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg
1 tbsp soy milk powder + 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg.
1 banana = 1 egg in cakes.
1 tbsp milled flax seed and 3 tbsp water = 1 egg. Light, fluffy cakes!

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