Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Quest for the Best {Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe}

My journey to find the best chocolate chip cookie was a long one, but who ever complains about baking and eating chocolate chip cookies?  Not me, that's for sure.  I also think it is close to impossible to even have a bad chocolate chip cookie so finding the best recipe was more about finding the #1, not eliminating the others altogether. 

I've been baking since I was a little girl.  I remember burning my wrist on the edge of the oven as I was sliding a cookie pan into the oven when I was seven!  Ever since I was a little girl, cookies have been one of my favorite things to bake, and whenever I got a hankering for a chocolate chip cookie,  I always made the Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Then I got married and made the cookies for my husband.  His very, very favorite kind of cookie is a chocolate chip cookie, but he likes them chewy.  The Toll House recipe is surely soft, but not chewy. 
It took a few years of trying (remember, this is not torturous work), but we eventually found a cookie that was delicious and chewy...and fed a crowd. 

Mrs. Fields' Cookies
(which I found in
The Mother's Companion Update 2006
all the way at the bottom of the page)

2 cups (4 sticks!) butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
5 cups oatmeal (put small amounts at a time in blender until it turns to a powder)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
24 ounces (2 bags!) chocolate chips

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet. Make golf-ball sized cookies. Place 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 6 minutes. Yields over 100 cookies so feel free to half the recipe or squirrel some away in the freezer. 

And so I thought the quest for a chocolate chip cookie recipe was done.  We were in cookie bliss.  Still, last year when I stumbled on another recipe, I gave it a whirl, and from the first bite, we were hooked.  Sadly, Kendra (the original source) deleted her blog last February and though she has archived her recipes, this cookie recipe is not among them.

Kendra's Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks room temperature butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
 ½ cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1 ½ cups chocolate chips
2 cups plus 6 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons salt (don't skimp on the salt-- it defines this cookie!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine butter, sugars, and vanilla until creamy.  Add eggs and mix until combined.  Add flour, soda, and salt and mix until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Spoon dough onto a cookie sheet leaving room between each cookie.  Bake for 9-11 minutes until golden around the edges and just set in the center. 

So glad I printed it when I had the chance. 

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  1. I'm always searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, too. My experiments are quite spread out since I have to wait for an event to bake for since I'm the only one in our home who eats chocolate.

    I love my Mom's Ultimate Confetti Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are super soft and gooey (my favorite), but can be a little finicky. I also recently found a fluffy chocolate chip recipe that calls for cornstarch

  2. Oh I bet the salt does define them. We are chocolate chip cookie fiends around these parts. i will have to give Kendras recipe a try. Have you ever tried a chocolate chip cookie recipe that has vanilla pudding in it?

  3. No, never made ones with pudding! Care to share? :-)

  4. The cookies sound delicious! :) and very yummy-looking too. ;)

    Thanks for linking up!

  5. I love trying different chocolate chip cookie recipes also! I will have to try yours (Kendra's)!
    And, for Kristin who commented, I have a chocolate chip recipe on my blog that uses vanilla pudding. It is my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe:

  6. haha...just realized you were the Kristin who commented above. Thought your blogger profile was your blog name, not your real name :)


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