Whatcha Makin' Now?: Where’s the Chocolate Chips in these Chocolate Chip Cookies?


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Where’s the Chocolate Chips in these Chocolate Chip Cookies?

So, I work with a super fun gal named Lesa.  She says she is a ‘traditional’ eater, but others would call it picky.  She doesn’t like frosting on cake!  She’s crazy in my book just for that.  A few weeks ago she informed me that she likes Chocolate Chip Cookies BUT without the Chocolate Chips.  A few others told her she was nuts, but I thought – ‘that could be fun to do’. 

I made the same Chocolate Chips Cookie recipe that I used for Jacob’s Birthday cake.  But instead of making giant cookies, I used my cookie scooper and made about 4 dozen normal sized cookies. 

It seemed like something was missing (duh, the chocolate chips) so I sprinkled a little sugar on top of each before baking. 

This finished product was a very soft and chewy cookie with a brown sugar taste; sweeter than a sugar cookie.  Now, if not everyone is a ‘traditional’ eater, you could do 1 or 2 dozen with no chocolate chips and throw in chips for the last 2 dozen. 

They seemed to disappear pretty quickly at work so that is a good sign.  Give it a try! 

Chocolate Chip Cookie MINUS the chocolate chips
Adapted from Martha Stewart

(makes 4 dozen cookies)
4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1  tsp salt
6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
3 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

Mix butter, brown and granulated sugars until combined and fluffy.  Add in vanilla, eggs, and yolks and mix until combined. 

Reduce speed and add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the heavy cream.

If using Chocolate Chips, add them into the batter. 

Use a tablespoon or cookie scooper to drop dough onto cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper).  Bake for 10-12 minutes or golden brown.  Remove from cookie sheet and allow cookies to cool on wire rack.  Cookies are very soft; avoid stacking them if you can – they may stick together. 

And…I better wrap this up with a picture of our puppy, Henry.  He jumped right up into this chair on our deck to ‘help’ me grill.  He kinda blends in with the chair. He’s getting so big but still very much a puppy.  Love him.    

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