Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Thin & Crispy or Thick & Chewy?

The first cookie I ever baked by myself was chocolate chip. At first, my mom bought me those boxes of chocolate chip cookie mix, just add some stuff (like water and eggs) and voila! Chocolate chip cookie dough! In a 6th grade home economics class, we learned to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch and I abandoned those box mixes.
I've made lots of versions of chocolate chips cookies. Some with butter, some with shortening, some with butter flavored shortening, and some with oil. Some used only brown sugar.
We decided spur of the moment on Saturday that since some children would be at our Labor Day picnic, we should have a child friendly dessert. Most kids I know don't get excited about peach pie. It now occurs to me that we could have made brownies from our last box of brownie mix, but on Saturday, all I could think was 'we need chocolate chip cookies for the kids.' Perhaps I was really thinking 'I need chocolate chip cookies' - ?!
There seems to be 2 kinds of chocolate chip cookies: thin and crispy or thick and chewy. I've always preferred thick & chewy. Several times I've made chocolate chip cookies and ended up really, really disappointed when they spread out like pancakes and the chips poke up like islands in a sea.
So, yeah. That's what happened on Saturday. I was so upset. How could we mess up chocolate chip cookies??? I'm pretty sure it's because we got the butter out of the freezer and it didn't have enough time to thaw/get to room temperature, so we microwaved it a wee bit, and then hauled out the stand mixer to beat the still kind of frozen butter and... I think we over-beat the butter.
SP kept telling me they tasted OK, but I could not be consoled. I was even feeling a bit embarrassed to serve them. How could a food blogger make such ugly, thin, pancake chocolate chip cookies? OK, I stink at making eggs (hard boiled, scrambled, fried - I make horrible eggs) and supposedly simple grilled cheese sometimes comes out burnt or not gooey enough, but... cookies? Chocolate chip cookies? I am a cookie monster! Cookie monster does not mess up cookies!
Turns out they do taste OK, jut not my preferred thick and chewy. The children really liked them. And a couple of guests commented on the yummy chocolate chip cookies. So I guess they really did turn out OK.

But next time, I'm going to try the recipe in Baking Illustrated. Thick chocolate chip cookies. That's my goal! No more Nestle Toll House recipe.


  1. Oh my gosh those look perfect, exactly like what I want to try to make (the flat kind). What recipe did you use?

    1. I'm pretty sure we used the Toll House recipe that day! For some reason, they turned out flat.