Oven Off Chocolate Chip Cookies




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For a chewy, "no burned bottom" chocolate chip cookie, I turn the oven off when I insert the cookie sheet.  This prevents the cookie sheet from overheating and giving the cookies an occasional "hot foot." If you're such a traditionalist that you have to leave the oven on, I'll give alternative baking instructions at the end.

Makes 25 cookies.


14 tablespoons butter (I use real butter)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar (not packed)
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla (I use real vanilla, not artificial)
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all purpose (not self rising) flour
6 ounces milk chocolate chips
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Step 1:

Take 14 tablespoons of butter (that's 1 3/4 sticks in U.S.), remove the label, and put in a microwave oven on "defrost" for about two minutes.

At this time, preheat your oven to 395 degrees F.

Step 2:

The butter should be soft and look like this.

Step 3:

Put brown sugar, white sugar, egg, soft butter, and baking powder in bowl.  Add vanilla, but not where it will touch the baking powder (you know the old adage, keep your powder dry).

Step 4:

Mix thoroughly.

Step 5:

Add chocolate chips and mix.

Step 6:

Add flour and mix.  This will be very stiff and dry--I've burned out and stripped the gears on many a cheap hand mixer.  I now use a KitchenAid portable, and it has held up for years.

Step 7:

Do not grease the cookie sheet--this recipe has automatic greasing and artery clogging features. Use a two tablespoon scoop to plop the dough on your favorite cookie sheet.

Step 8:

Now, you have to forget what your mother told you. Your oven should be 395 degrees.  Turn the oven off.  Quickly place the cookie sheet inside.  Set the timer for 20 minutes. 

Step 9:

Your cookies should come out chewy without a hint of burned bottoms.

Preheat the oven back to 395 degrees before you insert the next batch.

If you just have to do things the old fashioned way, preheat the oven to 325 degrees and bake the cookies for 13 minutes.



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    There are so many people and ideas for so many different things we are bound to have occansional a like recipes


    7 years ago on Introduction

    My oven is currently NOT working right, so while I'm waiting for the part my DH ordered to arrive this SHOULD work. My oven will get up to the desired temp (slowly) but it does NOT maintain that temp! COOL

    2 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, it's worth a try! When my wife was pregnant with our first child, she had morning, noon and night sickness. I couldn't cook anything in the house for about half a year because any food smell would trigger . . . you know. I learned to bake cookies outside on the gas grill in freezing weather--not good cookies, but edible.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I did bake a pie in my roaster oven, but I don't have any cookie sheets small enough to fit in it ;-( I may try the gas grill hmmmmm

    Dream Dragon

    7 years ago on Introduction

    That looks delicious and a neat solution to a tricky situation.

    Might this work with meringue? I've always had difficulties getting meringue to come out properly pale it always ends up at least a little caramellised.

    3 replies

    It's also an instructable about the METHOD rather than the "recipe" and a much better documented instructable at that!