I noticed the other day that my dessert-oriented blog is missing one of my favorite desserts: the humble, all-American chocolate chip cookie. True, it is probably one of the easiest cookies on the face of the planet to make, and there is a recipe for it on every bag of chocolate chips that you can buy. But for me, just as I never tire from eating these cookies, I also never tire looking out for a chocolate chip cookie recipe that results in a chewy, gooey and substantial cookie.
This particular chocolate chip cookie recipe currently holds the number 1 spot for me. If I take care not to overbake it, the resulting cookie is a chewy, chocolatey piece of comforting goodness.
First step is always to cream the butter and sugars, both white and brown. Be careful to not cream too long or the cookie may spread during baking. The one, lonely egg is beaten into the mixture, along with a good dose of vanilla extract. The flour (with baking soda and some salt) needs to be mixed in, but before it’s combined well, throw in the chocolate chips and then finish mixing. Over-mixing might also cause problems, so watch out.
Chilling the dough is a good idea, but in this case, I didn’t have enough time on my hands to wait, so I did not chill the dough. Nevertheless, I could still form the dough into little balls with my hands instead of playing with two spoons to get the sticky dough onto the cookie sheet, so I was a happy camper.
In my long history of baking chocolate chip cookies, I have over-baked them too many times. I think to myself–don’t those cookies still look raw?!! By the time I decide what to do, it’s too late. The cookies are a nice golden brown, but that usually means that the cookie won’t be very chewy.
The cookies are still great though, whether chewy or crunchy!!
What I’d like to do over time is try out several chocolate chip cookie recipes and note the differences. This recipe requires one egg cookie rather than the usual two but are baked at the regular baking temperature of 350°F. I’m calling it my one egg chocolate chip cookie recipe.