Friday, January 29, 2010

A Quest for the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies.


I have a problem.

Ok, ok, stop laughing. I know I have more than just one problem. But one step at a time.

This particular problem is that I haven't found a chocolate chip cookie that I just love and adore. The one that makes my mouth water just thinking about it. The one that I turn to in happy times and sad times, for celebrating or consoling. You know, THE chocolate chip cookie.


Oh sure, there are a couple of recipes that I like, one that I'd probably term my favorite of those, but it's not a purist recipe. (It has cinnamon and nutmeg and some oats...good stuff, but it's not just a plain chocolate chip cookie)

My husband has his hands down favorite recipe. Meh-it's ok, but I don't love it. He fell in love with it about 10yrs ago. We've made it countless times since then. Still, it's never hit the spot for me.

I have a handful of recipes that other people love and have made their default recipes (a number of them love my husband's favorite). Most people love the good old back of the bag Nestle Tollhouse recipe. It's alright I guess....but mostly it just makes me think of that Friends episode.

It always comes back to a Friends episode, doesn't it?

So today I begin the quest for my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. One that is "just" a chocolate chip cookie recipe. "Just" meaning no oatmeal, nuts, fancy spices....a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe.

There are three recipes I found to start with. Unfortunately with all the frosting I've made this week I only have enough butter left for one recipe, so instead of a grand cookie day bake-off, I'm settling for one batch of cookies today. Which should be ok considering that I still have the rest of that little cake (and a chocolate one like it now too), and a handful of cupcakes sitting on my counter.


Will it live up to it's name?

I'll let you know.

(also, if you have any suggestions, I'm open to any recipes you recommend!)
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17 comments:

Heidi said...

Personally, I like Alton Brown's gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe. I know... sounds yuck... but it's one of the best cookies I've eaten, as long as you put the right kind of chocolate in it. :)

mmmmmm.... cooookies....

Kelsey said...

Nes Le' Tullll house!
Nick seemed to like them. You should've taken the butter I bought...and cream....and powdered sugar.
Thanks for all your help tonight. melt down.
I will take some pics for you.
I'm taking you and only you to dinner...and any place you'd like to go. We can go over the bday calendar if you're interested :)

Catey said...

We used all the butter...and the powdered sugar....I left dad the cream (but took the extra frosting-yum!)
I'm glad Nick liked the cookies, I'm hoping to get a few more opinions from people over the age of 7.
Um, could you go over the bday calendar for me? hahahaha!


Heidi-I'm all about the right kind of chocolate, so I'll look it up and try it! And you know that with celiac family I'm certainly up for trying gluten free. (and cooking/baking suggestions coming from you are not discounted!) Thanks for the suggestion!

em said...

I would be willing to taste test any cookie recipes that you try. My personal motto is "there's nothing like a cookie", and chocolate chip is my favorite.

Brownfamily said...

This is a delicious basic chocolate chip recipe:
1 1/2 C Sugar
1 1/2 C Brown Sugar
1 C margarine
1 C shortening
3 Eggs
4 C flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking soda
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1 bag chocolate chips.

DELICIOUS bake @ 375 for 8 mins

Ammon and Jen said...

I've been on that same hunt. Let me know if you find the perfect recipe! I do love your recipe with the oats/cinnamon/nutmeg however. I decided to add craisins as well one time and turned out exactly like the Archer Farms cookies at Target. Definitely a keeper.

~LL~ said...

Catey....you know I'm with you on this. I, too, had trouble finding "THE" perfect CCC!

This one's too flat.
This one's too chewy.
This one isn't salty enough.
This one isn't savory enough.

UNTIL MARTHA!

If you can't find it, let me know and I will send it to you. :)

Catey said...

Emity-I am totally taking you up on that! The more opinions the better I think! Maybe our next meeting should be a cookie meeting.....

Jen-I'm glad you like that one! That's usually my default. :)

LL-I found like 4 Martha versions (on her site), so I'm gonna need that recipe too!

Thank you for the recipes and suggestions-keep them coming!

Lisa said...

You just can't go wrong with the recipe on the back of the Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Bag! ;)

Aaron said...

Nestles is poo.

Martha is poo.

There is one and only awesomeness....Tammy cookie.

I am willing to try others, but it stands supreme to date.

Oh....and I will be verry quiet if you like.

Maile said...

I have yet to find a good recipe. I like my cookies chewy!

I have two store brand fresh bakery cookies that I LOVE though, and the key ingredient in them is honey/molasses. Just a touch. They make my mouth water and I can finish the entire package in a few minutes.

Cassie said...

Love, love, love CHOCOLATE chip cookies...emphasis on the chocolate! It's taken me forever to find a recipe I like...Here ya go (maybe you'll like it too):

Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup white sugar
2 (3.4 oz) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
2 cups butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour and baking soda, set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Finally stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown.

*Try using chocolate pudding for a chocolate, chocolate chip cookie

Steel Springs said...

I'm curious to hear what you think about this recipe. Let us know if you find a favorite.

Denise said...

Catey, these are my favorite and they turn out every time. The recipe was given to me by a neighbor, and I've never been able to beat this recipe. I could eat the whole batch! They're good - guaranteed!
1 1/3 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
3 eggs
2 t. vanilla
3 1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
2 c. choc chips
1 c. nuts
Mix shortening and sugars. Add eggs one at a time, then add dry ingredients, chips and nuts. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
Enjoy!
Denise

Heather said...

I was on this same quest a few years ago, so while I was at work, I surfed the web to figure it out.
This was helpful:
http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Perfect-Cookies/Detail.aspx

I concluded that the recipe found in the kitchenaid mixer handbook was my favorite. It was soft & chewy instead of flat.

Kitchen Aid Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar
1 c margarine or butter softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
3 c all-purpose flour
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

Place sugar, brown sugar, margarine, eggs and vanilla in

mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater to mixer. Turn

to speed 2 and mix about 30 seconds. Stop and scrape

bowl. Turn to speed 4 and beat about 30 seconds. Stop

and scrape bowl.

Turn to Stir speed. Gradually add baking soda, salt, and

flour to sugar mixture and mix about 2 minutes. Turn to

speed 2 and mix about 30 seconds. Turn to stir speed and

add chocolate chips, mixing about 15 seconds.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets,

about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12

minutes. Remove from baking sheets immediately and cool

on wire racks.

Yield: 54 cookies

Geneve said...

Catey,
This is by far my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Now it might not knock your socks off either, but I love it and always compare other cookies to it. It's right from the Betty Crocker cook book.
Geneve

Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 c sugar
3/4 c packed brown sugar
1 cup butter softened
1 egg
2 1/4 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chopped nuts (I don't usually put these in)
1 pkg semisweet chocolate chips

Mix sugars, butter, and egg. Stif in flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Bake 8-10 minutes at 375.

Catey said...

Ooo...Thanks Geneve! It's added to the try it list, I'll let you know! :)