Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Elizabeth HaitGet this recipe: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Is your current favorite cookie the same as it was when you were a kid? What about your favorite snack food, or cereal, or Doritos flavor? This is what my boyfriend, Neel asked me last week and I could not remember what my favorite cookie was at all. Is that weird? But I did remember loving Smartfood for my after-school snack, Life cereal and (obviously) Cool Ranch Doritos.
He asked this because he'd been craving chocolate chip cookies and wanted me to make some for him. He was remembering the soft chewy cookies that his mom used to make. They would kind of melt when you bite into them, not like the harder and super-bland kind that he can get from the grocery store's cookie aisle.
I was willing to take this challenge, adding in the fact that I also can't eat gluten and would surely have to make some flour substitutions to whatever recipe I found at the very least. I had read this story about how to make your own basic mixes and starters for all sorts of things like Bisquik batter, instant oatmeal, and yes -- chocolate chip cookies. I like this idea of having mixes on hand to speed up your Sunday morning pancake routine, and for a great basic -- and quick -- chocolate chip cookie.
I decided to just make the recipe right away, and if the cookies turned out as good as I'd hoped then I'll go ahead and keep this mix on hand, for Neel's next craving. I used a store-bought blend of gluten-free flour since that's what I have ready in the pantry right now, to that I added about 1 tsp of xanthan gum to help keep the dough together without the gluten.
This recipe calls for melting the butter before you mix the sugars into it, which is different than I've done before. I usually use softened butter and cream it together slowly with the sugars, my mom told me that melting the butter makes cookies too flat, so I have some doubts but continue to follow the directions. Besides, melted butter is much easier to stir!
Somehow I was distracted while the first batch of cookies baked and they went about 1 minute too long and were already pretty set in the middle. They also looked very flat, just like momma said! But still, they could be chewy. I pondered this while I put the next batch in (with a few bonus white chocolate chips too) and kept my eye closer. This time I pulled the cookies out at just the right time. They still looked wet in the middle, but started to brown on the outside.
That first batch was tasty, and chewy while they were still warm. But once they cooled they were far to hard, and reminiscent of the grocery store versions. The second batch was perfect, while slightly warm, as well as when they'd cooled.
Neel was pretty pleased with this experiment. But since I messed up half the cookies, I apparently must make them again just to be sure. Ha, right! I'm going to be way too busy making Christmas cookies next.
Make the chewy chocolate chip cookies.
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