Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Chocolate Chip/M&M Cookies with Sea Salt

As I wrote about yesterday, two weeks ago I attended my friend Corinne's Bachelorette Party. I made these chocolate chip/M&M cookies for the party and they were a rip-roaring hit! I found this recipe on pinterest and it was rated the #1 chocolate chip cookie recipe by The New York Times, so I had to see for myself.  I dare-say I maaaaayyy have found a cookie that might possibly rival my friend Mandy's incredible cookies, but I'm not so sure - we may just have to put these two  to a duel in a taste test one day.


Chocolate Chip Cookies
From I Am Baker
The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Ingredients
  • 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
  • 1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour *I only used all purpose flour for my recipe.
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 pounds chocolate chips *I used milk and semi sweet chocolate, then also went back and added Reece's peanut butter chips.
Instructions:
  1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy – about 5 minutes. 
  3. Add eggs. Stir in vanilla. Reduce to low speed and add dry ingredients slowly, mixing until just combined. 
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Refrigerate dough for 24-36 hours.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350.
  7. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

My Notes: For this recipe, I used half chocolate chips and half m&m's. I also sprinkled sea salt on top of each cookie which totally took them to the next level. This recipe yields a LOT. I think I ended up with at least 5 dozen cookies when all was said and done. GREAT for a party - but I'd half it if you're just looking for some cookies for...yourself.

8 comments:

  1. The sea salt is a great idea! You noted that you only used all-purpose flour, was that also in substitution for the cake flour? I hate all of these different flours that recipes are calling for! I'm a Nestle Tollhouse girl myself, but I might have to give these a whirl :)

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    1. Hey Mal, thanks for reading! Great question - and the answer is "sort of."

      I didn't have cake flour either, but I used the substitution for cake flour which is:
      For every cup of all purpose flour, remove 2 tablespoons of it, and replace it with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. (you're supposed to sift them, but I just give it a few whisks and call it a day)

      This recipe was extra confusing since it asks you to remove 2 tablespoons in the recipe:
      So what I did was:
      Measure out two cups of flour
      Remove 6 tablespoons of flour
      Replace with 4 tablespoons cornstarch

      Honestly, if you remove 4 Tblsp. flour and replace with 4 Tblsp. of corn starch, or even if you skip the corn starch all together, I'm sure they will still come out fine.

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    2. Excellent! Thanks Laura!! I might make these for our camping trip this weekend!

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  2. I request these when we come visit. Please and thank you. ~Christina

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    1. Haha! Certainly, your request has been noted!

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  3. Where was this recipe when I had PMS? The perfect remedy for hormonal blues!

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  4. Yum! I can't wait to try these. The m&ms + chocolate chips make them so colorful without being, well, ugly (which is how an overloaded M&M-only cookie looks to me). Nothing wrong with 5 dozen cookies.... :)

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    1. Huh I never thought of it that way, but you're right! I like the half colorful, half chocolate chip look too!

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