Ria's Collection: CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES...for the cookie monster

Friday, March 25, 2011

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES...for the cookie monster

' I don't drown my sorrows; I suffocate them with Chocolate Chip Cookies. '
~Author Unknown~

Iam a cookie monster, yes, I really am! I love cookies,especially Chocolate Chip Cookies. Not those that you get in the packaged form, but the freshly baked ones. The ones which have a soft centre and caramelised edges. The ones that have melted chocolate chips inside. The ones that are so good that you can eat a bagful in one go! These cookies are exactly all that I just described above.
There's a cookie shop in the Skyway close to our apartment. I've tried their cookies once and that was when I went Christmas Shopping for Jobin , a few hours before we took off to Virginia to celebrate Christmas .I knew I would be late and he would be home by the time I got home with the gift and he would see it in my hands...but I had no choice, so I bought a cookie & munched on it while I shopped .

When I reached home, I tried to open the door as quietly as possible but he was right there...as in right there...standing there right opposite to where I was standing! I put on the best acting suit that I had and pushed the gift into the closet and closed the door.He smiled a very broad smile and acted as if nothing happened. Later he asked me where I had been all this while. I told him that I just went for a walk in the Skyway (and he knows how much I hate to walk!) and ate a cookie. He smiled even more this time and said,' You walked all the way for a cookie? Someone went to buy me a gift!!'. Uh-oh! He knew it! Ummm...it's okay...it was obvious! I couldn't help it :-)

Since then that Cookie Shop fascinated me and I wanted to bake those cookies at home.Therefore the hunt was on and almost after a month, I found these cookies and didn't let them go. I tried it and was very pleased with the results. No more Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe hunt for me :) If you like the slice and bake types, you can try my Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie...those were really good too!

Recipe Source: Alice from Sweet Savoury Life
(I halved the recipe and got 9 large and 9 medium sized cookies)

1 c unsalted butter
1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 c brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 3/4 c (12 oz) all purpose flour. Please weigh if possible.
1/2 tsp table salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 1/4 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

Pre-heat the oven to 360 F and line 2 cookie sheets.

Cream the butter and sugar on medium high (for Kitchen Aid) or high (for hand held mixer) for 3 mins.
Add both the eggs and vanilla and beat for another 2 mins.
Add the dry ingredients and beat well to incorporate.
Add the chocolate chips and mix till well distributed.
The cookie batter should be somewhat thick, that is, you can shape it with you fingers easily.
Drop about 2 tbsp of cookie dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet with 1.5" gap between each .
Bake for 12-14 mins until the edges are nice and golden brown. Remove from the oven and let the cookies be on the sheet for 2 mins. After that transfer them to a cooling rack to cool.
Once cooled, store in an airtight container.

Verdict: I think everyone should give this recipe a try, it's really good. The brown sugar plays an important role in the taste and texture of this cookie. As I said before, this cookie has a soft centre and caramelised edges which makes you want one more, everytime!

Just wanted to tell you guys how happy I am with my Christmas Gift, my camera, that I have not been editing photos at all! Is it just the camera or is it me taking better photographs? Whatever it maybe, I'm happy :) Happy Friday!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those are beautiful cookies!



Pavithra Elangovan said...

Those cookies looks scrumptious.. love it Ria :)

Zareena said...

Awesome Ria, mindblowing pics. Yummy and delicious cookies. I am drooling...:)

lata raja said...

I'd credit both the camera and the holder for such droolworthy pictures of these chocolate chip cookies! Your baking rocks!

divya said...

Woww , am drooling rite now here, wat a fabulous cookies..cant take my eyes from the click..

Prathima Rao said...

These are real beauties!! Yes, nothing can beat home made freshly baked cookies...Urs looks fantastic!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Unknown said...

Hey Ria,

Scrumptuous cookies dear...Love 'em..:)



Lisa said...

Mmm, I just love those crackly tops on your cookies. They look like they must have been a real treat. I have a sweet treat linky party on my blog starting tonight and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cookies up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com

KrithisKitchen said...

Choco chip cookies are such a lovely snack.. Yumm..

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Foodie Ann said...

I can just bite all of those right now..the soft center cookies are the ones I lookout for...they are always a joy to eat...I sometimes buy then to eat during class.. nobody will know u r eating one...:p

Raksha said...

love these cookies

Priya Suresh said...

Scrumptious cookies, feel like munching some..

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

Looks absolutely mouthwatering ...lovely color..

Justbeanme said...

Mrs Fields is our fav cookie shop.. n u r presentation in the Mrs Fields one is awesome and the pictures r like more than wows and here too the same.Here is another reason to say: A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

JishasKitchen said...

Ria, cookies looks absolutely yummy....loved the clicks too...:)

amna said...

the pics are gorgeous! i think you are just making good use of your camera :)

Ramya said...

Ria, cookies looks great..I just loved the cracked tops..Its looks soo chewy..Great clicks as always..

Radhika said...

awesome cookies with awesome clicks. bookmarked.

Divya Kudua said...

Lovely pics..I guess you are growing as a Food photographer and your camera is becoming your friend!

Anonymous said...

I have to make these. Brilliant shots!

Its already giving me a chocolate craving.

Ninu said...

ria !!! how weird is this ! i was struck with the urgency to make chocolate chip cookies and on googling - best chocolate chip cookie - i came across alice s recipe. i read all 371 comments and finally made the cookies yesterday!!! =) still have a load of dough in the freezer ! Not sure what i did wrong but mine seem to be flattening out and gettin too crispy instead of the soft crumbly centerin the middle...sigh... anyway when i saw u had posted a choc chip recipe i thought whoa !! lemme see her recipe... lol !! in a way glad i used the same as you but unhappy why yours look perfect and mine like more like after eights !!!

Unknown said...

Awesome clicks n yummy cookies

Awayofmind Bakery House said...

First time come over here, attracted by your beautiful photos hope you don't mind I link it to mine blog :)

Deeba PAB said...

Always good to have another choc-chip cookie recipe, and this looks great! Stopped by to thank you for cohosting the DB challenge...it was wonderful!!

Vidhya said...

Made this yesterday for my daughters playdate the cookies came out well and the little monsters enjoyed them so much that I had to make another batch .Thank you dear for making my little monsters happy.

SinFoodie said...

These look fantastic, I am a cookie lover too! The pics are brilliant!

Unknown said...

Great pictures, Ria. I'm always up for another CCC. The christmas story sounds so fun, I always have a problem lying about the gifts too :P

La @ FoodSlice said...

Hey, came to this old post from your recent cookie giveaway post and realized that i read this post a few months ago already. That was before i started my own blog and was too shy to leave comments. I still read through blogs without leaving comments, but not when i really like something. Keep up the wonderful work

Zo-Ya said...

Hey Ria,
I tried these yesterday and they were amazing! One of those posts of yours that I come to often to get inspiration. Ken loved it! Shared with a couple of friends who said it was awesome! Thank you so much once again for sharing such beautiful recipes!

Unknown said...

Hi Ria,

We tried your recipe twice. Both time it came out really well.

I have a doubt though, for us the cookies were soft at the centre on the day it was baked but was crispy(hard) the next day. Is that how it is? How do I make the centre soft again when serving to guest? Will warming the cookies help?

Hoping to hear from you.

Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

Ria Mathew said...

Geethu, it will be soft for atleast 2-3 days and then gets crisp.Was the container airtight? I've noticed that if it isn't kept in an airtight container, it does get crisp the next day.
I am glad to hear that the recipe worked out for you. Yes,warming the cookies in the microwave oven for a few seconds will help :) Sorry for the delay in getting back to you!

Blessy said...

Dear Ria,

Thanks a lot for this recipe...I have made these cookies endless times in the past couple of years with rave reviews ...

Thanks again,

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