Thursday, November 5, 2009

Not JUST Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let's face it. I think just about everyone loves a good homemade chocolate chip cookie. There are so many recipes out there. Some chewy, some crisp, some are chunky and nutty, the list goes on and on. My favorite is when they are hot out of the oven all soft and gooey. Mmm. . . perfect!
While they taste amazing just as they are they look a little. . . ordinary.
Even lined up on a pretty platter. . . just ordinary.

Why not fancy them up with a little more chocolate?

It really is simple, and so pretty! Just melt some chocolate chips in your microwave (at 50% power in 30 second intervals). Place melted chocolate into a plastic bag. I like to use Ziploc freezer quart size bags. The stiffer plastic will give you more control. Cut the tip off one of the bottom corners. Now you are ready to become a drizzling master.

I prefer to avoid this look. Just zigzagging back and forth on one cookie doesn't have the same sparkle.

Line all the cookies up on wax paper and drizzle the chocolate back and forth across the entire row, in one continuous motion.

You can even add some white chocolate drizzle.

Let them hang out on the wax paper until the chocolate has set back up. This usually takes a couple of hours.

Now they are ready to impress!

This is my most favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER. The key to great cookies is don't over bake them. (unless you like them hard and crunchy.) I also like to use a cookie scoop for perfectly shaped cookies.
This recipe makes about 6 dozen cookies. Sometimes I cut it in half when I don't need quite so many.
Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 C Butter softened
2 1/2 C Sugar
2 C Brown sugar
Cream together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add:
3 Eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla
Continue creaming for a few minutes. Sift together dry ingredients:
6 C Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
At this point the dough may be erupting out of your bowl or mixer. Sometimes I dump the whole thing into a really big bowl and hand mix it. When the dough is well combined add the chocolate:
1 bag milk chocolate chips
1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1 bag white chocolate chips
Using a cookie scoop (or two spoons) place cookie dough on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes for average size cookies. If you are using a large scoop they may need to bake up to 14 minutes. Watch the first batch carefully so you know how long your oven needs to bake them.


kado! said...

i ♥ that look!

hey...can you tell me what cookie scoop you have had luck with? I have the Pampered Chef one...and a plastic/rubber one from Bed, Bath and Beyond...both stick and drive me crazy...i end up using a spoon...any advice?

Taija said...

What size scoop are you using? I used the Pampered Chef large scoop and had no problems. . . until it broke. I just bought a new one, it's about the same size, at a kitchen store at our outlet mall. I have no idea what brand it is. It is a metal scoop with a rubber coated handle.

I remember the small Pampered Chef scoop being harder to work with. I think the large size helps the dough fall out easier. And I just LOVE the jumbo cookies!

I'm not sure if that helped at all. I hope you have luck finding a scoop that will work!

Mya said...

Ahhh impressive. :)

Matt and Diana said...

I just found your blog and LOVE it! I am going to try your chocolate chip cookie recipe this weekend. SO excited!

Matt and Diana said...

Do you use a mixer (kitchen aide or another brand) when making cookies?

Taija said...

Yes I do use a kitchen aide to make cookies. Have fun trying them out!

Matt and Diana said...

These turned out AMAZING! Thanks for the recipe!!!

Taija said...

Oh I am so glad! You are so very welcome!

kado! said...

i have the smaller PC scoop...maybe that is my problem...I'll have to buy a larger one!