So, what do chocolate chip cookies and theatre have in common? Well, ask a bunch of people down at the Belleville Theatre Guild, and they'll tell you!
In my first show at the Guild, I starting bringing cookies to the Friday rehearsals, just for fun. Well, my kind of fun. Making 5 dozen cookies apparently isn't everyones idea of a good time! Weirdos.
Some people at the Guild like me for real, and some people only like me for my cookies....I'm o.k. with that.
At this point you may scroll down a bit to find the recipe. But then you would miss out on the many (many!) pictures I took, and my helpful tips/explanations that make this recipe the bees knees!
Make sure you scoop, and level your flour properly. Basically, scoop it into your measuring cup with a spoon, then level off with a knife. It's important to have the exact amount. Too much flour=dry cookies. Too little flour=super spreading cookies.
The extra brown sugar helps with the tenderness of the cookie. The white sugar makes the cookies spread a bit-you do need some spreading or else you'll have balls of baked cookies! You do want to mix these together before adding the melted butter because it makes it easier to get rid of the brown sugar lumps.
The extra egg yolk ups the chewiness on these lovelies. I pre-crack into smaller bowls because A: I always have shell bits, and they are easier to dig out of a little bowl, and B: I can give 'em a whisk before adding them to the batter, which makes incorporating them easier.
I learned years ago to always measure out things like baking soda (or powder) separately incase you accidentally measure out the wrong amount, or if you use the wrong thing. Instead of measuring it directly into your flour (and potentially wasting it because you added the wrong thing/amount), just measure it into a small bowl, then add it to the flour.
Also, the cornstarch is important-it gives the cookies their staying power, so that they are "soft-baked", and thick.
I also learned years ago to measure and set everything out before really starting a recipe. That way it's all ready, and you know you have all the ingredients. Nothing is more annoying than starting a recipe thinking you have all the components, only to realize once you've mixed up most of the ingredients, that you are missing something-important! No thanks, I will gladly measure it all out first. The added bonus is that your work area is relatively tidy for the task at hand.
The dough will be soft, but thick. It also has a bit of a sheen (aka-looks a little greasy). It's all good.
Give the cookies at least 1 inch of space so they don't get into each others business...unless you're into square cookies....
Without further ado:
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!!!
(and easy too-no mixer required!)
Makes approx.25 cookies
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line your baking sheets with parchment. If you don't have any parchment, and your cookie sheets are still in good shape, then don't worry about it.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt. Set aside.
3. In a medium size bowl, whisk the brown and white sugar until they are looking happy together.
4. Mix in the melted butter
5. Whisk the egg in a small bowl, and add to mixture. Then whisk the egg yolk, and add it.
6. Finally, whisk in the vanilla.
7. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or spatula. The dough will be very soft, yet thick.
8. Fold in the chocolate chips. Because of the melted butter, the chocolate chips won't stick to the dough that well. That's o.k, just make sure they are evenly dispersed.
**Now, I need to say that chilling dough is all the rage, and can be very important, but I literally don't need to chill this dough. Maybe my house is too cold, I don't know. But, if you make a cookie sheet of them, and they spread too much for your liking, cover them and stick them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or up to 3 days (if you can wait that long....). When you take them out the dough will be stiff, but just work it a little with your hands to warm it a bit.**
8. Scoop or roll out the dough. I use a medium scoop from The Pampered Chef to do all my scooping. It is my favourite thing for baking! If you don't have one, just scoop about 2 tablespoons (or 1 huge tablespoon) of dough for each cookie. I can fit 15 cookies on each of my sheets. You want at least an inch of space between each cookie.
9. Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes. Set your timer, you don't want to forget about these! The cookies will look very soft and under-baked. That's how they need to look! Fear not!!! They cook/set a little more as they cool. If you wait until they are golden in the oven, then they will overcook and be dry once cooled. That is a sad thing for a cookie....
Cookies stay soft and fresh for about 7 days at room temperature in a sealed container. But seriously, who has homemade cookies in their house for that long? Geepers....
I've never had to freeze these for long because I was always bringing them somewhere, but they can be frozen for up to 3 months. Which leads me to my next point-
You can scoop or roll out the dough onto cookies sheets, cover lightly, and freeze them. Once frozen, take them off the cookie sheet, and put into freezer Ziploc bags for use as needed. Bake them from frozen for 12 minutes.
Something I found on Pinterest from Mel's Kitchen Cafe about frozen cookies and gift giving. I think it's a great idea!
I made this batch of cookies for my rehearsal yesterday with the newest members of the Guild, the Young Pinnacle Players who are working on the play "The Velveteen Rabbit" adapted from the book by the same name. Here's the blog for the show, fyi.
Make these cookies and let me know what you think of them! Also, let me know how many new friends you get because of them.
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