Sunday, 9 November 2008

Cookie Carnival - The Ultimate Chewy and Soft Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Picnic time for teddy bears,
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today.
This month's cookie on the Cookie Carnival is the Ultimate Chewy and Soft Chocolate Chunk Cookie from Regan Daley's In The Sweet Kitchen. Well, who can argue with that?

Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them picnic on their holiday.
The Ultimate Chewy and Soft Chocolate Chunk Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsps. pure vanilla extract
3 cups plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
16 oz. flavorful bitter or semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

After you. Oh, no, after you.
I insist, after you.
Oh. Well. Thank you.

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, or lightly butter them, and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, or stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or a large bowl if mixing by hand, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.

A very good cookie indeed!
2. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together in a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture, and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks.

I heartily concur!
3. Using your hands, shape knobs of dough about the size of a large walnut and place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Stagger the rows of cookies to ensure even baking. Bake 12-15 for smaller cookies, 14-17 for larger ones or until the tops are a light golden brown. If the cookies are neither firm nor dark when they are removed from the oven, they will cool chewy and soft. Cool the cookies on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. If somehow they don't get inhaled immediately, they may be stored airtight at room temperature for up to one week.

I would like to thank Yasmeen for giving me this Chocoholic Award. Such a touching gesture. I would like to give it to the creator of Cookie Carnival, Kate!

Would you care for a cookie?