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Tried and True Chocolate Chip Cookies (2014)

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, dessert, Tried and Ture Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 18 large cookies
Author Si Foster, A Bountiful Kitchen (adapted from Nestle Toll House Cookie recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened *see notes
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs cold
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour* plus a tablespoon or two if needed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt I prefer coarse sea salt
  • 2 cups or 1 12-oz. pkg. chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. If using convection, preheat to 375 as well.
  2. For regular oven, place rack in middle of oven. When using a convection oven, you should be able to bake on all racks at one time.
  3. Cut butter into pieces (about 2 tablespoons each) and place in mixing bowl. I use a Kitchen Aid and power it on 2 (low).

  4. After a few seconds, add granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Mix on low speed until creamy (this takes just a few seconds). The butter and the sugars should be mixed enough so no chunks of butter are visible.
  5. Add eggs, beating just until incorporated and smooth. Never turn the beaters on high.
  6. Using a spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl and bottom of the bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.

  7. Add 2 cups of the flour, soda, salt and chocolate chips all together into bowl with butter mixture.

  8. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of flour to the top of this mixture. Slowly mix the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips together. I have had great success with simply PULSING the mixer at this point. Do not over mix. Turn the dough with a rubber spatula so the bottom of the dough is mixed into the top of the dough. This will ensure the flour is mixed in properly and the chips are distributed evenly.

  9. If the dough is sticky, add an additional 2-3 tablespoons of flour to the dough. Remove the bowl from the stand if using a stand mixer, and fold in the flour. (This is only necessary if the dough is sticky).

  10. Using a cookie scoop, drop onto un-greasedbaking sheets, or baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Place 6-8 scoops of dough on each baking sheet.

  11. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
  12. If using convection, bake for 7-10 minutes until golden brown.
  13. If using regular (non convection) oven, bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.
  14. Cookies should be slightly golden and the cookie should not look wet on top.

  15. Cool on baking sheets completely.

Recipe Notes

Tips:(or my mini-epistle on cc cookie making and baking)

  • Only use butter. No margarine. Unsalted butter is best. The butter should be more firm than room temperature butter. I take it straight out of the fridge, and microwave it for about 18-20 seconds. My microwave is not super powerful. Your microwave will probably differ from mine. Start with about 12 seconds and remove butter. You want the butter to be barely soft, as in, when you push your finger into the butter it should barely leave an indentation, but it should leave an indentation. If you have microwaved the butter and it is too soft, you can make the cookie dough and either add an additional 2 tablespoons of flour to the dough or refrigerate the dough for about 30-45 minutes before baking.
  • *Our altitude is about 4,400 ft. I use about 2 3/4 cups flour total. The original Toll House recipe calls for 2 1/4 cups.
  • Don't over beat the butter-sugar mixture, or the batter will become too soft, and your cookies will not be beautiful and puffy. They will resemble pancakes.
  • Don't sift the flour.
  • Use eggs that are straight out of the refrigerator. Most bake recipes call for room temperature eggs. This recipe is designed for cold eggs. If you use room temperature eggs, the cookies are more likely to spread while baking.
  • There is usually a notable difference between using a convection and a standard oven. If you bake at the same temperature, for the same amount of time, the convection cookie will be done, with a beautiful, golden, slightly crispy outer layer. Still soft on the inside. And it will be taller than the cookie baked in a standard oven. Not everyone has a convection oven- if you don't, you can still bake a great cookie using a standard oven!
  • Two of the biggest mistakes made while baking cookies are: 1-Over mixing. This will cause the batter have too much air incorporated, producing a fluffy cookie, instead of a chewy one. As stated in the updated recipe, I usually just pulse the mixer after the dry ingredients are added, which creates more of a folding action instead of mixing.  2-Over baking. Under baking is good! Not under baked to the point the cookie is wet and doughy, but just until the top sets and doesn't look wet, and the dough looks like it has a bit of a crust.
  • Chocolate chips - For semi sweet, I use Nestle Semi Sweet chips. I have also had good luck with Trader Joe's brand semi sweet chips or Hershey's Chocolate Chips. Nestle is my favorite for day-in day-out semi sweet chips. For Milk Chocolate, I prefer Guittard Maxi Chips, sold in a silver colored bag.
  • If the cookie spreads too much, or the edges are not even, I take a small spatula and push the edges inward to create a cookie that is round. This has to be done immediately after removing from the oven, or remove the pans half way through baking and push the sides in to form a circle. Place pan back in oven and finish baking.
  • High Altitude info: Not recommended-directions on Nestle Chocolate Chip package for high altitude- I have tried this variation, and DO NOT like the result. The cookies aren't quite sweet enough, and have a crispy more cake like texture. Here are the directions on the package: (again I DO NOT recommend using this method, but have printed it here as an FYI)  Increase flour to 2 1/2 cups. Add 2 teaspoons water with flour and reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cup each. Bake drop cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and pan cookie for 17 to 19 minutes. We are at 4500-4800 in elevation and the directions on this recipe work perfectly! The directions also work at sea level.
  • Last tip. Mound the cookie into a ball. I make them about the size of a golf ball. I use a  #16 cookie scoop. For years, I just used a spoon, and then shaped them by hand. Make sure to flatten the cookie just a little bit before baking. To yield 18 cookies use a  2 1/4 inch  or #16 scoop