October 09, 2007

Cookies that Say Please Like Me

There are approximately a gazillion chocolate chip cookie recipes out there. Almost each one of them claims to be the best. That’s just not realistic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t think a perfect chocolate chip cookie exists, and I’m ok with that. That’s because if you ate the perfect chocolate chip cookie, no cookie would ever be as good afterwards. That’s a depressing thought. I want to always look forward to eating cookies. That’s why even though there are some chocolate chip cookie recipes that I’ve made that I really enjoy, I will never stop trying out more. The October Cooking Club Challenge from the Foodtv.ca blog is for Chocolate Chip Cookies a la Anna Olson. I like Anna Olson. Her show is called Sugar, how could I not? Everyday she bakes up treats based on a new theme, provides a switch up for making a different dessert out of similar ingredients and never uses words like EVOO or yummo.

With that in mind, I toddled off to the kitchen to make myself some cookies. With nothing more than a bowl and my trusty wooden spoon, I whipped up these cookies in no time. What’s more, they’re quite good and worth making more than once. I’ve already made three batches. I thought these cookies were somewhat similar to a Tim Horton’s cookie with a slightly crisped edge and soft interior. Only the first batch was made exactly as the recipe is written, but that’s pretty good for me. I’ve made these using both chocolate chips and hand chopped chocolate chunks and I much preferred the second method, (which is how the recipe is written). I also tried using half bittersweet chocolate and half white chocolate and that was a big hit too. On the third batch I made I added in a couple tablespoons of cappuccino powder which I find adds a depth of flavour that isn’t always identified as coffee, but is always identified as tasty. I brought the third batch with me as a hostess gift. You don’t win friends with salad but I’m trying my hardest to prove that you can win them with cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies à la Anna Olson

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tsp cornstarch

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

8 oz bittersweet chocolate, cut into chunks

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.

Stir in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chunks.

Drop by tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.

Let cool slightly and enjoy.

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gigi said...

ooh these sound good! i'll have to make a batch of these this weekend.

Mallow said...

I have to agree with you - no such thing as the perfect cookie! But judging from the photos, these would certainly do the trick. I wish I had some of the chocolate/white chocolate variety right now!

Peabody said...

Always a classic and always good.

Cheryl said...

I'm always looking for a new chocolate chip cookies. This is looking just like how I like them. Gonna have to try it.

Becky said...

these look great. i was just thinking the other day about how many different chocolate chip cookie recipes there are, and feeling like it would be impossible to find one that was perfect. i guess you're right - i don't want my chocolate chip cookie tasting quest to end.

p.s. EVOO + yummo = vomit

Mercedes said...

I'm on the look out for a cookie that can support big chocolate chunks- I might have to try these!

Deborah said...

It's so funny, because it seems like different foods make their rounds on food blogs all within the same time frame. I just blogged about chocolate chip cookies and have seen them blogged about on several different blogs in the last couple days. It was the same with cinnamon rolls - I saw them on several different blogs in the weeks leading up to the DB challenge. These look great!

veron said...

Yum, chocolate chip cookies. An old favorite. There must be something in the air. Anita of Desserts First just published a comparison test of 4 chocolate cookie recipes.

Lydia said...

Any leftovers? I'm a total chocolate chip cookie addict. My husband is the baker in our house, and for years all he baked were chocolate chips. That is, until I bought Dorie's book... and lost it to the husband immediately. Fortunately he's been baking from it!

Elle said...

Great sounding cookies...especially with the coffee flavor added. Good thing that we can keep trying to find the best cookie, but never quite making it :)

Kevin said...

They looks good. There does seem to be an almost endless supply of chocolate chip cookie recipes out there. It is a tasty search for the perfect one!

Tartelette said...

I am happy never to find the perfect cookie recipe because that means I keep on making them! And yes, many friends and even boyfriends have sang a more mellow and different tunes after eating some.

K & S said...

these sound lovely!

Maria said...

There are so many good choc. chip cookie recipes out there. I enjoy trying them all:) This one looks great!

Real Live Lesbian said...

I do like you, sweet cookies. I do, I do!!!

Those look fabulous!!!!

Veggie said...

I have a favourite cookie recipe, it's the the one I make for our annual family reunion. I did make one change though, the shortening in her recipe makes a very bland cookie. These are so amazing when made with 1/2 cup margarine and 1/2 cup shortening.

"Hillary Clinton’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie"
These were her entry in the First Lady Cookie Bake-Off in 1992. "Hillary, wife of U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton, gave her favorite recipe to Family Circle, a U.S. magazine, which pitted it against one from U.S. First Lady Bush."

Mrs. L said...

These sound tasty! Where does one find Capuccino powder and do you just add with all the other dry ingredients?

Amy said...

Haven't made chocolate chip cookies in ages but now I'm really craving them. I'll have to try this recipe. :)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

those look great--you most certainly can win friends with cookies! they show anna olson's program on the food channel here in australia (also a few other good ones from food network canada, like 'chef at home' and 'french food at home'). i'd never seen her before in the US, but now i tape every show (along with the other 2). she fumbles a bit now and then, but it's kind of endearing.

jessiev said...

we made these today for a playdate (they were fast!) and they disappeared before everyone even ATE THEIR LUNCH. fortunately, i had saved a few at home for us, just in case. brilliant recipe. thanks!