Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Race to a New Chocolate Chip Cookie

It took ten years for me to master my mom's chocolate chip cookie recipe. The process taught me baking, chemistry, and the importance of precision and exploration in the kitchen. They were my first baking love. But I want to master new recipes this year and I'm on the hunt for a go-to chocolate chip cookie. I'll be experimenting and sharing over the next few weeks.

C is for cookies

Today's cookies were made with a recipe involving peanut butter and a little sea salt. The flavor was rich and crisp with a salty and sweet aftertaste that I love. They were easy on the taste-buds.

The shape and texture of these cookies reminded me of the moon. So I made a lunar calendar with phases of a cookie. Wouldn't this be a fun poster?

Linear Cookie Calendar

Ingredients
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 lbs. semisweet chocolate chips
Directions
  • Sift flour, baking soda, powder and salt in a stainless steel bowl and set aside
  • Cream butter, peanut butter and sugars together
  • Add vanilla and eggs one at a time, mixing well after each
  • Add dry ingredients until just combined
  • Add chocolate chips and mix with a wooden spoon until evenly distributed
  • Chill dough for at least one hour
  • Scoop 1/8 cup dough onto baking sheet and sprinkle top with sea salt. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes until the sides begin to brown
  • Remove the baking sheet and place on wire rack to cool for 12-15 minutes ON BAKING SHEET and then transfer cookies to wire rack to finish cooling completely

3 comments:

  1. Erin - This is Leann and Isabel - your neighbors. We are definitely going to try all the choc chip recipes you suggest. Isabel has been on the look out for a good recipe for a long time. I love crunchy so I have a recipe that I use (also included peanut butter) but she and her sister love chewy. She may try your mom's recipe. We love following your work! Come over for dinner sometime!

    Leann and Isabel

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  2. I hope your search goes well! I always intend to make all the great chocolate chip cookies from Alton Brown, David Lebovitz, Thomas Keller. . . but I can't stop making this one version that's a combination of Jaques Torres' New York Times cookie and the Cook's Illustrated one with browned butter. So I guess I've found my perfect cookie. I wonder what yours will be. :)

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  3. Amazingly easy and really looks delicious. I'm definitely craving for a plate of that right now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. This is definitely a must do recipe this weekend since I got my Food Safety Training.

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