So, after one batch of less-than-Christopher-Kimball-approved-standard Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, I tried it again. I decided to tweak some of my execution. I pre-measured all of the ingredients instead of waiting to do some while the batter was resting. I used my 12-inch stainless steel skillet instead of my 10-inch non-stick skillet. And when I discovered I didn’t have any more full bags of chocolate chips, I chopped up three Hershey’s Special Dark bars. Not the exact recipe, but they did ask for creativity!
Pre-measured ingredients & browning butter
Melting butter & batter resting (I rest the whisk like that so as not to waste any of the batter)
Fully-rested batter & ready to go in the oven!
Just out of oven & complete, cooled, & ready for consumption!
So, it seemed to work a bit better, but they still spread quite a bit. They were still thinner than I thought they should be. They didn’t look like the picture in the cookbook. (Such high standards are created by cookbook and magazine recipe pictures! I suppose it’s all in the conspiracy to keep us lowly amateur cooks from thinking we, too, can attain the status of kitchen gods.) Maybe I just have really high standards for chocolate chip cookies! 🙂
But they are really good. Really chewy. The chocolate chunks–yum! I don’t know that I’ll make these every time the cookie jar is empty–the recipe only makes 16 a batch and in truth, they don’t even fit in the cookie jar opening! Or maybe I can divide the batter into more than 16 portions to spread the love–and grocery budget!–a bit, realizing they won’t be the same. Maybe. I followed the recipe twice. And in good ATK fashion, why follow a recipe when you can tweak it to find something better? I just won’t send any to Chris Kimball unless I improve upon perfection! 🙂
Again, here’s the link for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, courtesy of our friends at Cook’s Illustrated. I may not have attained perfection in this endeavor, but I did have some fun. I have some tasty cookies, some new ideas, and I’m ready for the next ATK challenge!