Foodie Friday: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Dare I say I might have the best chocolate chip recipe? Crispy edges and soft centers that you find at bakeries. I'll say that a lot of what I learned about cooking and baking came from high school cooking classes (Thank you, Mrs. McMahon). I don't follow recipes exactly and make them my own by tweaking things. Here is one of them. Consider yourself pretty lucky that I'd share this secret recipe that I've had in my memory bank for 20 years with you. Ugh, that made me feel old.
You can use your handy dandy mixer, but I mixed this by hand (because I consider this cardio exercise).
1 cup softened butter (2 sticks for those of you who aren't bakers)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch of cinnamon
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup milk chocolate morsels
3/4 cup butterscotch morsels (optional) - feel free to substitute for walnuts if you like that idea
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together softened butter, white sugar and brown sugar. Add in your eggs one at a time and then the vanilla extract.
Dissolve baking soda with hot water in a separate little bowl and make sure to stir that really well before adding to your mixture. Stir in your salt and cinnamon.
Add your flour one cup at a time until mixture is well combined and evenly mixed together. Stir in your chocolate morsels and any other ingredient you are using (nuts or butterscotch).
Use a spoon or a cookie spoon and drop your cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet. 12 should fit on one sheet easily. Pop into the oven for 10 minutes and then make sure to check to make sure adjust based on your oven (where you live and altitude can make a difference too). This batch was able to make 30 good size cookies.
Once your cookies are done, take the baking sheet out and drop them onto the counter or on top of the stove to release the air pockets inside the cookies. Yes, I'm serious. This is what will give you the chewy and soft cookies in the center.
Wait a few minutes for cookies to cool before you turn into a savage and devour them. Enjoy!