Saturday, November 10, 2012

Last Saturday's Cookies

This was my first bake-off in the new flat.
Me vs. Electric Stove
Me vs. Cookie recipe w/out a mixer.

It was interesting. The cookies were "just fine" (to quote my Grandma Mary Helen, the Queen of  Superlative Minimalism).

I made my go-to recipe for Chocolate Chip cookies, a lá Alton Brown's The Chewy.
Here's the recipe:


8 ounces unsalted butter
12 ounces bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 ounces granulated sugar
8 ounces light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 ounce whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips


Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat. Set aside to cool slightly.

Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda onto a paper plate. Pour the butter into your stand mixer's work bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar and beat with the paddle attachment on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together the whole egg, the egg yolk, milk and vanilla extract in a measuring cup. Reduce the mixer speed and slowly add the egg mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds.

Using the paper plate as a slide, gradually integrate the dry ingredients, stopping a couple of times to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Once the flour is worked in, drop the speed to "stir" and add the chocolate chips. Chill the dough for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375° F and place racks in the top third and bottom third of the oven.

Scoop the dough into 1 1/2-ounce portions onto parchment-lined half sheet pans, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake 2 sheets at a time for 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Remove from the oven, slide the parchment with the cookies onto a cooling rack and wait at least 5 minutes before devouring.


The darker the sugar you use, the chewier your cookies will be. I used dark brown sugar and so they turned out really, really dark and not so much with The Chewy. Oh well. We still served them to friends and managed to eat the whole batch by mid-week.

I generally really like this recipe, but it's going to take some tweaking with the new oven and the different flours/sugars I'm finding.

Go forth and bake!


  1. OOhhh! I will have to try this, Hayley! I am on the hunt for a chewy cookie recipe. All of the ones I've tried thus far are unsatisfactorily crunchy.

    Looking forward to your next post! Makes me want to revisit and explore the UK! (I was there 1x but only for a day). ~Jeanie

    1. Hey Jeanie! Thanks for your post! I hope you like the recipe. Feel free to post how it goes for you, I'm always curious to hear how things turn out for other people or if they find tweaks that work for them. Come visit anytime!