November 15, 2017

By George, I Think I've Got It...

My "Perfect" Chocolate Chip Cookie

You know I've been whining about obsessed unhappy with my chocolate chip cookies for some time now. I was unable to make a cookie that met my standards the entire time we lived in Florida, and even for the past few attempts back here in Wisconsin, they were less than what I wanted.

Image from SimpleMost blog

Handsome hinted that he would like me to send a batch of cookies to him in Florida, so yesterday I decided to experiment a bit. His hint was in the form of a link to that chart/blog post I reference a couple of years ago here on my blog. This was the post from a site called SimpleMost. I went back and read it again, and then decided to experiment to come up with my own cookie recipe.

Aren't They Pretty?

I began with the same Toll House Cookie recipe I'd been making since I was eleven. It seems that after I got smart about measuring ingredients and being more precise, my cookies started to literally fall flat. I needed to think like eleven year old Donna again.

I decided to measure out the flour as I would have as a kid. Instead of scooping the flour into the measuring cup, I'd use the measuring cup as the scoop, which has a tendency to pack more flour into the cup. Then (after rereading the other post), I decided I'd change the proportions for white sugar to brown sugar. Finally, I split the baking soda into half baking soda, half baking powder. I know. I changed three things instead of just one. Not always the smartest way to experiment, but it worked!

I'm going to share my exact (double batch) recipe with you in case you'd like to try it for yourself.

(Click on the recipe to enlarge and save.)

Pier One Plates From 2016
 
In case you're curious about the plate pictured with my cookies, this is the little guy trying to peek out from under the cookies. I bought a few of these plates at Pier One last fall, when we were in Wisconsin purchasing the farmhouse. I don't know whether or not they're still available. I haven't gone to Pier One lately. (I get in trouble shopping there! lol)
 
Half of this batch is shipping to Handsome today. The other half went up the hill to Shelly, Andy and grandson, Eli. I was smart and only kept a few here to have after dinner last night.
 
If you make up my recipe, please let me know how they work out for you. I'd love to know if you get the same results! 
 
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Danice said...

They look tasty. I may just have to try your recipe. I am not much of a cook, though, lol :)

sunny said...

They look pretty good BUT, I think you should make and send me a batch so that I can thoroughly test them. I'm shocked that you would give them to your loved ones before that final important test!

suz said...

I'm starting my cookie baking next weekend, so I'll let you know! Thanks!

Createology said...

Super cute plate for your delicious looking chocolate chip cookies. I would love to bake some but not just yet...hubby is on a VLCD monitored by a doctor. Also called a Controlled Starvation Diet! His timing really sucks...it is the holidays after all. Me...I would eat all the cookies and not worry about it...Life is too short to be miserable and cookies make me very happy! Happy Baking Dear...<3

Buttons said...

Yay..first recipe for the new cookbook???? They look scrumptious!!!!

Sheryl said...

I've always had trouble with CC cookies also. I've been told it's because I use butter instead of shortening. Well, I don't care what they look like then, because butter is better!

mray said...

lOOK SO GOOD, WILL CERTAINLY TRY TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE...YUM! WHO NEEDS TURKEY,I BELIEVE WE'LL HAVE DONNA'S COOKIES AND MAYBE HOMEMADE PIES FOR THANKSGIVING.

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