Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Puffy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Another recipe from the depths of my draft folder...Puffy Chocolate Chip Recipes. These were part of our holiday cookie baking extravaganza this year as a way to incorporate an old favorite but amp it up a bit.

Makes: 24 cookies

8 tbsp cold butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, cold
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

PREHEAT oven to 350F
LINE baking sheet with parchment paper

CUT butter into small cubes (or just slice along the tsp markers)
BEAT butter and sugar until barely combined (NOT fluffy)
ADD egg and vanilla
BEAT until combined
ADD flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
MIX until well combined
ADD chocolate chips
MIX until well combined

DROP by rounded tablespoon onto the prepared cookie sheet
CHILL for 5-10 minutes before baking

BAKE 11-13 minutes until lightly browned


My Thoughts
1. I loved how these pillowy cookies kept their shape--this is combination of the stiff dough and the chilling before baking step. If the dough is not cold enough, they will spread in the oven.

2. And when I say stiff, I mean difficult to mix in the chocolate chips by hand.

3. We used white sugar, which is how I've written the recipe here, though the original called for brown sugar. It worked and was quite tasty, but I think brown sugar would have given it a nicer depth of flavor.

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