The Cookie Lady
Growing up, my mom developed quite a neighborhood reputation of always having homemade cookies on hand. No really, always. To this day, even without her own kids in her house, she keeps a cake plate of cookies always at the ready for the grandkids (and pregnant daughter, just saying).
I play with lots of different cookie recipes, because why wouldn’t you invest your life’s work in discovering the best formula for homemade cookies? At least the process of trial and error is a generally fulfilling one when cookie testing is involved. Let’s just say Stockton and the boys have never complained. Lately dessert has been A Thing at our house because of a recent improvement in our dinner time routine (more on that in an exciting post next week – plus something that rhymes with Schmivaway). Combine that with the fact that I have been on a divine mission to consume ALL OF THE FOOD in my house, and I’ve been totally winning at nap time baking. In other news, my gestational diabetes test is tomorrow, so may the odds be ever in my favor…
This cookie recipe appealed to me while searching the internet for The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie (of which there are millions making that claim) because it promoted itself as being chewy and thick. Some of my favorite cookies from my youth are the beloved chocolate chip cookies of my dear friend’s precious late mother. They were THICK and AMAZING and OTHERWORLDLY, so it’s always a fun challenge to try to create a batch of similarly thick cookies, though nothing truly can compare to the original “Hummer Cookies.” This week I had the joy of sitting and catching up with this girlfriend and her 8 month old twin boys after living in separate cities for the last 10 years. Reminiscing about our friendship got me nostalgic for semisweet chocolate chips, although it really doesn’t take much to get my thoughts to wander into the territory of confections. In short, I guess you could say I was inspired by two great Mamas (mine and Jenny’s) who both knew the value of keeping a well-stocked cookie jar for their kids, and thus I present a fabulous new chewy, thick, delicious cookie for you to stock your jars this week.
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (just call it a whole bag… too many chocolate chips were never a bad thing)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until creamy. Mix in the dry ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon (something magic happens when you throw in a little hand mixing… don’t question the hand mixing). If your butter was still hot when you added it your dough may be really wet at this point. Let it rest at room temperature for a couple of minutes (or pop the bowl in the fridge briefly because time is money, people). This will help make the dough cool enough to scoop into cookies and hold form.
- OK, placement is everything. You want your cookies to be jagged and TALL when you place them on the sheet. This will give them a pretty peak-y look when baked. So rule of thumb: Taller than wide, jagged peaks. Bake, rotating position of cookie sheets halfway through baking, until cookies are light golden brown and outer edges start to harden keeping centers soft and puffy (approximately 11-14 minutes, mine are perfect at right about 13 minutes). Do not overbake.
- Cool cookies on sheets until able to lift without breaking. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. *Note: I don’t own wire rack, and I’m always too rushed to let things cool properly… this might make your cookies a little uglier, but I promise you cannot ruin this good of a thing at this stage in the game. Enjoy those gooey warm blobs as soon as you dare.