Wednesday, May 2, 2012

By the Batch – Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think when it comes to baking that often the simplest recipes are the most delicious. I love a recipe that calls for only ingredients that are already in my cupboards and that yields something wonderful.  That is definitely the case with this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies from chef Michael Smith. We love Michael Smith around here. His show, Chef at Home, and his cookbooks are full of recipes that inspire even the most amateur of cooks and I knew his cookie recipe wouldn’t disappoint!

Chocolate Chip Cookies


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.

Using a stand mixer or a food processor, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. If you don’t have a stand mixer, beat vigorously by hand in a large mixing bowl. Add the corn syrup, egg and vanilla and continue beating until well combined. Scrape down the bowl and gradually add the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Using a spoon, scoop out a ball of the dough, roll it for a moment in your hands and then drop it onto a lightly greased cookie tray. Slightly flatten the balls but leave lots of room in between to allow the cookies room to expand.

For a soft, chewy cookie, bake for exactly 12 minutes. For a cookie with a bit of crispy crunch, bake for exactly 15 minutes.

Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet and then remove and cool further.

According to Sarah

As I mentioned above, these cookies are wonderful! Since I had them on hand I added an extra half cup of dark chocolate chips and a quarter cup of toffee pieces to inject some additional flavours. I wanted my cookies chewy so I took them out at 12 minutes as instructed. They didn’t look finished to me but I’m glad I followed the directions because, once they cooled, the consistency was perfect. These cookies turned out so good that we ate the entire first batch in a matter of days and I had to make a second one to get us through the rest of the week! Simple, quick to bake and really yummy – these cookies are now a family favourite.


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