So pull up a chair, grab a glass of milk, and prepare to feast your eyes on NINE different chocolate chip cookies over the course of the week!
You may be wondering what possessed me to make so many chocolate chip cookies. It started with the TWD post a few weeks ago. The recipe was Dorie Greenspan's CCC's and while reading all the posts I realized how many people had their favorite recipe and that it wouldn't be changed. I don't know why that shocked me. I have a favorite CCC recipe and was not interested in finding a new one.
The thought crossed my mind to try out a few of the popular favorites and then, while researching, I found out that National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week was coming up. A little too perfect, don't you think?
One thing I want to mention is that I did my best to follow each recipe EXACTLY as written. If the dough needed to be chilled, I chilled it. If it didn't specify, I baked them straight from the mixer. Also, even though I occasionally like to chop my own chocolate bars for my cookies, if the recipe stated chips, I used chips. I figure this is the fairest way to judge the cookies. No tweaking allowed. Although nuts aren't in any of the cookies (except one) because we just aren't "nuts in our cookies" kind of people!
This post has two chocolate chip cookie recipes. My old standby and current family favorite - The Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie and the original chocolate chip cookie-The Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie.
I have been making the big, fat, chewy chocolate chip cookies for as long as I can remember. They are exactly what I want in a CCC. Big, soft, chewy, and full of chocolatey goodness! No other cookie has compared to this one in the past and it will be tough to beat. (And, no, I won't tell you if a new champion has been crowned. You'll have to wait until the end of the week for that!)
The Nestle Toll House cookie came to be in 1930 when Ruth Wakefield, owner of The Toll House Inn, cut up a Nestle chocolate bar and added it to her butter cookie dough. She expected the chocolate to melt and was surprised to see that it had held its shape. The cookies became very popular at the Toll House Inn and, shortly after, the recipe was printed on the back of the Nestle chocolate bars. In 1939, Nestle made it convenient for everyone and started making chocolate chips.
There really isn't anything bad to say about the Nestle Toll House cookie. It is a delicious cookie, crunchy on the edges and soft in the middle. Definately a chocolate chip cookie staple recipe and probably the recipe that is made the most. I mean, they do have an advantage since the recipe is on the back of the chocolate chips!
I do hope you will stick around all week and read about my chocolate chip cookie journey!
Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg yolk
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Cream butter and sugars; beat in vanilla and eggs. Mix in dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by 1/4 cups on greased cookie sheet at least 3" apart. Bake 15-17 minutes or until edges are lightly toasted.
Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.