Flour Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies
I always try to keep my freezer somewhat stocked with quick meals that I can quickly get to when we’re so busy. Some weeks, I am successful in replenishing my freezer stash, but sometime, I just don’t have the time. When I do have a little extra time though, maybe an hour or so, I always make sure that I stash frozen cookie dough! I love having freshly baked cookies available in a moment notice for movie nights on the weekends, or even when I am having one of those days during the week where I need a little pick me up.
I basically like these classic Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookies, I mean, who can bet classic right? But since I have been loving everything that I have baked from my new Flour cookbook, I decided to give this one a try. Joanne mentioned that she was also inspired from the classic Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, but she made several tweaks that I think made them even better. She uses some bread flour and two different chopped chocolates, and highly recommends that you let the dough rest overnight in the refrigerator. I don’t know about you, but being married to a die-hard cookie lover, this last step was a little hard to do.
So we baked half of the dough after only resting for about 30 minutes or so in the frig, and allowed the second batch rested overnight in the frig. And my verdict was: you should let the dough rest overnight, it made a huge difference in my batch. I don’t know what it was, but the cookies almost had a more stable texture in overall. It has all of the great flavors that you expect in traditional chocolate chip cookies, but they’re just better. Give them a try and let me know your verdict :)
Flour Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks; 224 grams) unsalted butter
- ¾ cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
- ¾ cup (175 grams) light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 ¼ cup (175 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1 cup (160 grams) bread flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups (9 ounces; 250 grams) chopped semisweet chocolate
- ½ cup (2.5 ounces; 70 grams) finely chopped milk chocolate
- Note: If you're baking the cookies on the same day you prepare the batter, heat the oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the center of the oven.
- Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or mixing by hand with a wooden spoon), beat the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until mixture is light and fluffy, about five minutes. Stop the mixer and use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and the paddle itself a few times; the sugar and butter love to collect here and stay unmixed. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract on medium speed until thoroughly combined, two to three minutes. Again scrape the bowl and the paddle to make sure the eggs are thoroughly incorporated.
- Mix together the all-purpose flour, bread flour, baking soda and salt. Add both chocolates to the flour mix and toss to combine. Turn the mixer to low speed (or continue to use a wooden spoon if mixing by hand) and slowly blend the flour-chocolate mixture into the butter-sugar mixture. Mix until the flour and chocolate are totally incorporated and the dough is completely mixed.
- For best results, scrape dough into a container and let rest in the refrigerator for a day before baking.
- The next day, heat the oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the center of the oven. Drop the dough in ¼-cup balls onto a baking sheet about two inches apart. Press dough balls down slightly with the palm of your hand. If the batter does not fit all on one tray drop cookies on a second baking sheet and bake when the first tray is finished. If you have only one sheet tray, bake one batch and then cool the tray by running it under cold water before baking a second batch. Bake until cookies are golden brown on the edges and slightly soft in the center, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days. The unbaked dough can be stored for up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge.
Source: “Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe” by Joanne Chang. Copyright © 2011 by Chronicle. All rights reserved.