Introduction: Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate chip cookies with stuff.

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Cream two room-temperature sticks of unsalted butter with a good amount (about 1.5c) brown sugar. A mixer is good, but a wooden spoon works too.

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Creaming creates little air pockets in the fat. The color will lighten as more air is introduced, but individual sugar granules will still be visible.

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Add a nice quantity of vanilla, and two eggs. Beat a bit more.

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Mix in oats to taste, and a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder. I tend to use close to a cup of oats. Now is also the time to add chopped nuts, fresh or dried spices (allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, etc), coconut, or citrus zest.

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Slowly add flour while stirring until the texture seems right, usually no more than 2c. A thick batter will make a chewier, cakier cookie; thinner will spread more and be more like shortbread. Keep in mind that extra oats and dry ingredients lower the amount of flour you need to add.

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Add chips. I've used both white and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

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Perform frequent quality control tests.

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Scoop cookies onto ungreased pans and bake at 325F.

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Remove when just golden and dry at the edges, and spatulate onto a wire rack to cool.

Comments

tchiseen (author)2008-11-07

Yum Yum. I also love your word, "spatulate" I'm going to use that all the time now. Thanks!

Mexicoman (author)2008-03-27

II would love to have the recipe but page(s) did not have the complete recipe- like-how much flour-sugar, etc? Did I miss a page? Please get back to me, Thank you CCC

Baritone Blues (author)Mexicoman2008-06-17

Ah, that's the thing about GOOD cooking: measurements are not needed. If you watch an old, or at least experienced, person cooking, you may notice that most (if not all) will ignore measurements a good percentage of the time and instead use their eyes and gut feeling to measure things. By doing this you make the recipe your own and thus you make it more special towards you. Of course, you could just take your standard cookie recipe and toy with the recipe so that it seems to match this lady's recipe. Have fun! :)

incorrigible packrat (author)2008-03-19

A recipe I used to make advocated running the oats through a blender, to render them more flour-like, although whole oats might provide an interesting texture, I suppose. Hafta try this sometime... By the way, that's a real boss-looking mixer you have there. I'll bet it doesn't even fling cookie dough shrapnel around the kitchen, like mine does...

altaria1993 (author)2007-06-27

nice kickenaid machine *cough* i have the same *cough*

Ferrite (author)2007-03-16

When I make cookies, very little of the batter makes it to the oven :)

Cupajo (author)2007-01-03

Holy God. I gained a pound and a half just reading the directions. Can't wait to try these.

saeft (author)2006-10-11

Yum

maffiou (author)2006-02-09

My favorite bit !! ;o)

maffiou (author)2006-01-20

Yummy...

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