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Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Great Chocolate Chip Cookie Debate

Which Chocolate Chip Cookie is the best?

For my birthday I got the answer. I made three different chocolate chip cookies to bring into work. I have three go to recipes and they are very different in both ingredients and flavor. Cookie B won (by email vote.) And by popular demand from my co-workers here is the winning recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup pecan pieces
15 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 tsp iodized salt
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp kosher salt*
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg plus 2 yolks
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

*The recipe calls for Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt, I used this because it is the brand that I have, please make sure no matter what brand you use that you are using kosher salt and not iodized or sea salts.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

On a cookie sheet (if you are using an oven) or on tin foil (if you are using a toaster oven) place the pecan pieces in a single layer and toast. This will take about 8 to 10 minutes, do not let them burn. The pecans will start to smell when they are ready. Transfer the nuts to a small bowl add 1 Tbsp of the butter and the iodized salt and toss to coat. Set aside to let the nuts cool.

In a medium bowl combine flour, kosher salt and baking soda. In a bowl with an electric mixed beat the rest of the butter (14 Tbsp) with the granulated sugar and the brown sugar. Mix until combined. Add the eggs and the vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and the pecans.

Scoop onto baking sheets and cook for about 12 minutes. I used two different scoops and got about 15 bigger (2 Tbsp) cookies and 15 smaller (1 generous Tbsp.) Bake until just golden on the bottoms and sides. Let cool on the tray for 2 minutes and transfer to wire racks.

I found this recipe in the Boston Globe Food Section 10/2007.

There you go. The (almost) unanimous wining Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Hope all your co-workers like them too. The next taste test that I'm going to bring into work is the Ultimate Brownie, stay tuned for that. :)

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