Saturday, July 11, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies (CCC)

First recipe of the blog is a chocolate chip cookie recipe and I think that it's pretty fitting since CCC are a standard in most Amercian households. I came across this recipe on Omnomicon. It was voted the number one chocolate chip cookie and so I had to try it out.

Pre-heat oven to 375

1 cup butter (room temp.)
2 cups flour

1 cup brown sugar
2 cup oatmeal (fine)

1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt

2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda

12 oz chocolate chips
oz grated chocolate bar (18.5 rectangles)
2 Tbl. sugar

Some surprising additions to the recipe is the finely chopped oatmeal and a grated chocolate bar. Don't judge! It brings an additional goodness I never realized was missing from a CCC before.

First step, cream the butter and sugars together. (Technically this is the second step since you needs to pre-heat the over to 375 first...maybe that can be step zero)

Add the eggs and vanilla ...

...and beat until fluffy.

In the meantime, take 2 cups of oatmeal and place in food processor, blender, magic bullet... basically anything that can turn it into a very fine powder.
Mix the dry ingredient together- flour, finely ground oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. After all of the dry items are mixed together, slowly add it, little by little, to your egg-sugar mixture.
Take your chocolate bar and grate it into little bitty chocolate shavings. I didn't want to spend time grating it so I put it in my magic bullet... you can also use a food processor as well.

Tip: Freeze your chocolate bar before hand. It makes it easier to use and it wont melt on you while you are grating it.
Eat heaping amounts of dough to make sure it taste good...
Take 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and place in small bowl. Drop spoonfuls of dough into the bowl to add a small layer of sugar. This is actually a trick my mother-in-law taught me. I can't eat chocolate chip cookies without this small but meaningful step.
Bake dough at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. It actually took me 10-11 minutes to bake. I suggest setting the timer for 8 minutes and then add a minute until you see a goldenness to the cookies. Let the cookies rest on the pan for a few minutes until they harden and cool a little.

Then move your cookies to a cooling rack or paper towel. In my case, I used both!I have an wire cooling rack and I hate it when it leaves lines in my cookies, so I place a paper towel over it and wha-la!
The finished result is an absolutely delicious and milk dunk-able chocolate chip cookie!!
As you can see, this recipe is very easy to make and you don't need expensive ingredients or weird tools to make them. You will love them and you might actually become the popular kid at school... results have varied though. :-)


Sarah said...

This looks like a great chocolate chip cookie recipe! I am definitely going to try it. I like the idea of the oatmeal. Thanks for all of the great pictures too...