Thursday, July 31, 2008

Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is just nothing more comforting than a home made, fresh baked chocolate chip cookie. Ive been making these since middle school, and even then I remember the kids in my class making a big deal out of them. As though it were yesterday I remember a good friend of mine, who remains a close friend today, looking at me very seriously while chomping down on a cookie, and saying, almost in a whisper, "these are better than my moms". I took that to be the highest of praise, esp from a 12 year old boy. Since then, making cookies has always been one of my favorite things to do, though I rarely make them due to, well...all of the hours at the gym Id have to make up if I did. However, as my office is entering into our insanely busy time, I thought that my co workers deserved a treat. So last night I ran to the grocery store to pick up some missing ingredients, and set to work on my cookies.

Ill tell you the secret of my chocolate chip cookies- I'm not scared. I use the recipe on the back of the Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips. Its out there for the world to see. I love these cookies- they are soft without being cakey. I am strongly opposed to a cake like cookie-if I wanted cake- Id eat cake. Why am I eating cake when I want a cookie? But at the same time- completely crisp cookies don't thrill me either. Too crunchy and Ill only eat a bite. So I need that perfect combination of soft, chewy and cookie like. Of course to achieve this, the perfect amount of butter is needed-hence my sporadic nature of making them.

I wont site the whole recipe here- its on a bag of chocolate chips in your nearest grocery store- but I will tell you my other secret. I don't make JUST chocolate chip cookies (hold the nuts thank you)- I make special ones. I add a healthy dose of Heath Bar chips. They add this great caramel flavor, enhance the chew factor and make my cookie eating friends say- "oooh what is that?". My mom and I learned this trick years ago- and I have to say, to this day, Ive never seen Chocolate Chip Heath Bar cookies anywhere else. Have we discovered a great new cookie? If you go off and make these for yourselves, readers, please-let me know what you think!

I do know that I need to broaden my cookie making abilities, as these little pieces of heaven are really all that I ever make as they are my favorite. However, last spring I got to have some amazing Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies...they were outstanding. And so maybe its time for me to start more experiment with textures and flavors within my baking...hmmmmm

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