Chocolate Chip Cookies For My Friends

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cookies

8 ounces (1 cup) unsalted butter, divided use
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon finely ground sea salt, plus additional for sprinkling on top
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
12 ounces dark chocolate chips

Melt 4 ounces of butter in a small saucepan, over medium heat. Stirring frequently, cook the butter for 4 minutes, or until it starts to brown and fizz; remove pan from heat.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Work the remaining 4 ounces of butter in, using a pastry blender or fingertips, until the mixture resembles pea-sized lumps.
In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together melted browned butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar, for 1 minute, or until well combined, and grainy. Beat in vanilla and eggs, until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low, and gradually beat in flour mixture, until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips using a wooden spoon, until combined.
Cover dough; chill in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat large cookie sheets with cooking spray, or use your preferred greasing method.

Using a 1/4 cup measure, shape dough into large mounds and place mounds 2 inches apart on cookie sheets; sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Bake one sheet at a time, at 375 degrees F, for 12-14 minutes, or until light golden brown, and set. Cool 2 minutes on pan, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Yield: 30 cookies

24 comments on "Chocolate Chip Cookies For My Friends"
  1. I often refrigerate my dough, just because it's convenient to make it one day and bake it the next. But did you always do that? Then I read in the NY Times that refrigerating the dough for 36 hours makes a much more superior cookie:

    PLUS I see you do the salt thing too. I'd like your expert opinion about this article, please. And the actual recipe that they came up with is here:

    Your comments?

  2. That's a perfect-looking chocolate chip cookie but... i didn't receive mine! I thought we were friends Emiline. ;-)

  3. I absolutely love getting gift cards as gifts. Nothing like splurging on something fun when it's not your cash! Enjoy your new converse. I'm sure your friends were thrilled to get a batch of your beautiful chocolate chip cookies!

  4. My favorite cookie. Did you read that NY Times article on what makes the perfect chocolate cookie. Was a good article.

  5. Interesting method you used to make these cookies. They look very good and hope your nice co-wokers liked them! :)

  6. Aren't you a good friend. Now you can bake all your wonderful creations in the kitchen, wearing your nifty new brown Converse!...thanks for the cookie recipe Emiline!

  7. Those chocolate chip cookies look really good! It has been too long since I last made chocolate chip cookies.

  8. salt on chocolate chip cookies really does make all the difference :).

  9. I really like the way you loaded the cookies up with chocolate chips - any chocoholic would be in heaven.

  10. Beautiful looking cookies for some wonderful friends. Enjoy your new Converse shoes.

  11. these cookies remind me so much of keebler soft batch, my favorite store-bought variety. i think they look poifect just the way they are. :)

  12. Sue- I read that article! Interesting stuff. That's what inspired these cookies. I'll have to try the NYT version. These were good cookies, but not sure they were worth the extra effort. I need a second opinion.

    Maybe an aged chocolate chip cookie will be the new trend? Maybe the dough picks up extra flavor.

  13. Yeah I thought the article was interesting too. Some things always taste better the second day.

    Second opinion? I don't think you'll have any problems finding those :)

  14. Those look great!
    You've been tagged, check my blog!

  15. Never used salt before in cookies. They look great - your co-workers must have been happy! Will have to give these a go!

  16. i don't know what's better... a new pair of converses, or the cookies?! i guess i'd pick cookies, cause you can eat them :)

    wanted to invite you to my blog event... i am sure you will come up with something AMAZING!


  17. Nothing says "thank you" like a batch of cookies - yum!!

  18. That was very nice of you to bake everyone cookies just because they remembered your birthday.

    They look great. I am a little jealous because every time I make chocolate chip cookies, they don't photograph well...

    I use sea salt in my recipes too, but I love the idea of sprinkling the sea salt on the top!!

  19. These cookies look perfect! Mike

  20. Cookies are perfect for every occasion! I'm sure you'll be getting more gifts if you keep saying thanks like this!

  21. I love how perfectly shaped they look. And so delicious, too!

  22. 24 hours? That's superhuman cookie dough aging. I am dying to try aging cookie dough, but I just don't think I can leave cookie dough lying around that long. I think by the time it would be ready to bake, there might be enough dough left for two small cookies!

  23. Emiline!
    you've been tagged!!

  24. I emailed this recipe to my coworker who was wanting to try a new chocolate chip cookie recipe, She made them yesterday and said they were a huge hit!! Now they are on my must try list!! Thanks.