Friday, April 2, 2010

In Search of the Holy Grail on Chocoholic Friday

It's Chocoholic Friday and because it's also Easter week-end I wanted something simple that I could grab as I run out the door in the middle of errands. Come on you know you do it too! In the middle of a million things and you haven't stopped to eat and you have to run out the front door to the grocery store or soccer practice or the bank and you have rumblings in your stomach and no time to stop. So you grab a couple of cookies off the counter and away you go. Yes I know it's not healthy to eat like that and I'll pay for it in an hour or two with that sugar high hit and an extra thirty minutes on the treadmill. This is an eating practice for emergencies only-could I grab a healthy power type bar-sure I could but a just baked Chocolate chip cookie with the chips still soft and melting sounds so much better,doesn't it ?
With chocolate chip cookies we are always in search of the Holy Grail. Looking for that perfect recipe. I have found it, well at least for me !
This is an adaptation of a recipe posted on LA FUJI MAMA's blog, courtesy of Chris Garboski at the Nestle Test Kitchens. It's the original Nestle recipe ,but uses half the amount of butter normally used in the cookie recipe. I substituted dark muscovado sugar for the brown sugar and for half of the batch I sprinkled in some Heath English Toffee Bits. By the way, when did they start selling them in convenient packages all broken up so you don't have to buy the bars and crush them yourself ? I love it ! Try this recipe if you are one of the Chocolate Chip Crusaders in search of the Holy Grail and let me know what you think. If you already have THE Chocolate Chip recipe, the best cookie in the universe and are willing to share it post it here.
I'm on my way to the market and it's a 3 cookie drive !

Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from Chris Garboski's tip at the Nestle Test Kitchen
for the Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Makes 60 cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar-I used dark muscovado sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs (room temperature)
2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup Heath English Toffee Bits-when my cookie dough was mixed I just divided it in half and added these bits to one half of the dough.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate large mixer bowl, beat together the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar (or muscovado), and vanilla extract until the dough is creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating the dough well after each addition. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips. Scoop out rounded tablespoons of dough (use a small ice cream scoop to keep your cookies all the same size-they look so pretty and appealing that way ) and place 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes and then remove the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Pour a glass of cold milk,sit back and enjoy. Happy Chocoholic Friday !

1 comment:

bellini valli said...

This would give me the chocolate fix I need!!!