Monday, 30 April 2012

The biggest, best chocolate chip cookie!

Now I know that everyone says that they have the best chocolate chip cookie recipe right? Well this is MY best recipe for this classic cookie. The outside is crunchy and the middle is a yummy chewy melt in your mouth goodness. I have tried so many different cookie recipes and they usually are too cake like or too thin and flat. This one simply has it all.

The best part of all I measured them and they are 4inches big!

What you will need:

2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 egg

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks


    1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
    2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
    3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter,dark brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chunks by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
    4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

    Some good tips to make the perfect cookie:

    *Bring eggs to room Temperature. set them on the counter for a few minutes
    *Always use parchment paper or a really good non stick pan
    *DO NOT OVERCOOK- If you want a soft chewy cookie like this one follow the instruction exactly and do not leave them in the oven too longer than it says. A good thing to look for because some ovens may be hotter than one another, is when the cookie looks like it might just start browning then that is a clue to remove it from the oven.
    *I prefer semi chocolate chunks, rather than tiny chips.
    *Use a measuring scoop so that every cookie is exact same size and they will all be baked evenly.

    If you follow these tips every time I can almost guarantee you a perfect cookie!

  • Organize Your Cuboards

    If your anything like me, then you have a million different ingredients purchased from a bulk food store, still in the plastic bags and stuffed away in the back of your cupboards because you forget what exactly they were. The problem I run into is I have five ingredients that look the same. Like, trying to tell the difference between certain flours such as all purpose flour & pastry flour can really make a difference in a recipe. So what happens in our home is it will just all go to waste.
    Now that's not a good thing!
    I wanted to find a way to get more organized with this so I can make it easier when I'm in the kitchen. I had some chalkboard paint that I purchased from my local craft store a long time ago. I have been dying to find a purpose for it. So I labeled my canisters with a chalkboard label. Now the best thing about this is when I want to change out a ingredient all I have to do is rub the chalk off and rewrite the name of whatever is in it. Now no excuses. No more wasted food.
    Another great perk to this, is when you have a tin of muffins or a jar of dessert on your countertop, you can label what you made so when you family knows just what they are eating!

    This is what was found by my husband when he got home from work yesterday.

    The cookie jar:
    I love how there is a rustic look to the labels.
    I made a point to not make them exactly measured so it could have this effect.

    Now all you need is:

    To start: Use painters tape to measure out your desired shape for the label.

    You will then need about 3 coats of paint.
    Let one hour to dry between each layer.
    Go vertical for one coat then horizontally for the next or vice versa. It will give that textured and rustic look I was talking about.

    Make sure you let it fully dry so the 2nd layer doesn't peel off the first layer of paint. This happened to me on the first canister I made, so I let the rest dry fully.

    Next is the fun part...Get labelling!

    Good luck!


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