1. to join Weight Watchers
2. to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie (besides the one my mom makes, which is the perfectest!)
You might think these 2 things are conflicting. Except that WW teaches you can eat everything--in moderation.
So...that's my story! And I'm sticking to it.
Time to dig out my many cookie recipe books!
(this would be stupid to do, because I have leftover Christmas cookies in the freezer, except I actually made these BEFORE the holidays)
These being 2 different recipes from my cookbook "The Search for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie" by Gwen Steege. (I guess I am not the only one on a quest)
(that sticker is not coming off at all....it's stuck like glue... so now you know I am a bargain shopper too)
My quest, in today's post, will serve me with my very own cookbook countdown too, as well, as Cookbook Sundays, and See Ya in the Gumbo, two great blog hops.
But back to the cookie--the Chocolate Chip Cookie. Everybody's favorite. There are so many variations on the CCC. What is your favorite?
I prefer a crisp/chewy CCC, while the Handyman loves a soft cake-like CCC.
I wonder if we can find a common CCC ground this year of me making a CCC recipe a week?
This will be fun! (for me)
I thought I would just work my way thru this cookbook to find out if what Steege says is the best, really is the best.
Her first chapter is on Traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies....some that are quite similar to the Original Toll House Recipe.
She says, "the ingredients are all pretty standard, but each will produce a different texture and taste, depending on the proportions of those ingredients, the presence of butter, margarine or shortening, or even the method of mixing everything together. We each seem to hold in our mind some archetype of "The" chocolate chip cookie--is one of these that model for you?"
I was disappointed that none of her recipes had adjustments for high altitude. I think it makes a huge difference in the chemistry of baking. We sit quite high at just over 4000 feet above sea level.
I also had a slight problem using margarine, but, I am making the cookies as written, so... onward I went.
I began with cookie recipe #1. It is labeled "Finalist".
too flat and greasy for my taste. But that didn't stop me from eating them...I just didn't like them as well as my mom's.
I think the altitude thing played a big part here. I followed the directions EXACTLY but the dough was soft and the cookies flattened out. I don't like that. Having said that, tho, my son and his girlfriend loved them.
Chocolate Chip Cookies I
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
6 tbls granulated sugar
6 tbls brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/21 cup chopped nuts (optional)
6 oz (1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips or semisweet chocolate bar cut into pea-sized pieces
Sift flour before measuring, then resift with baking soda and salt. Set aside.
Cream butter. Add sugars gradually, and continue beating until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in sifted ingredients. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet, placing cookies well apart. Bake at 350F for about 8-10 minutes.
The second cookie I made from this book was touted as being softer and chewier than most traditional CCCs.
They were softer, but they were not the crispy-chewy consistency I like.
And they were a bit heavy on the chocolate chips for me. I love CCCs, but like about half as many chips as is usually recommended.
But again--this didn't stop me from eating them.
Chocolate Chip Cookies II
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup margarine at room temp
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon water
18 oz (3 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
Sift flour before measuring, then resift with the soda and salt. Set aside.
Combine the margarine, sugars, vanilla and water in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer about 2 minutes, until creamy. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.
Gradually add the sifted ingredients and beat with the mixer for about 2 more minutes, until very well blended.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets.
Bake on the middle oven rack at 350F for 10-12 minutes. Do not over bake.
Remove from oven when slightly browned, lightly crisp on bottom, they may seem slightly undercooked.
Cool 1 minute on baking sheet, them remove to paper towels to cool completely.
I'll be back next weekend with a new chocolate chip cookies on my countdown.
Do you have one that you always use? Never vary from? Or, are you like me and are always looking for that perfect cookie?
If you already have the perfect recipe, please share with me! (except you mom, I already know your's, and it really is perfect!)